Aims of the new curriculum for English

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Children are to read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
  • They should develop the habit or reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • Children should acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic.  conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • Children should appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
  • They should write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • They should use discussion in order to learn and children should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
  • Children should be competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

National Curriculum 2014