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The programme of study for English covers speaking and listening (including drama), reading and writing. Pupils are taught to speak clearly, fluently and confidently adapting their speech for a range of purposes and audiences, to listen and respond appropriately. They are taught to use a range of strategies in order to read with fluency, accuracy, understanding and enjoyment. They use a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts. The children are taught to communicate through writing both in narrative and non-fiction contexts, learning the main rules and conventions of written English including spelling, punctuation and grammar.

The National Curriculum provides a basis for teaching the new programmes of study for reading and writing.
English, by its very nature, is cross-curricular and many opportunities for developing skills will be identified through other subjects.