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:

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

From National Curriculum in England

As the uninhabited shell slowly fills with life,

The sprinklers shed a glistening powder to nourish the emerald turf.

Glaring from its high perch, the eye of our solar system wraps tentacles of light around the stadium.

Hope embarks on a new journey and the net envelops the ball like a mother’s arms.

Despair has huddled in one area of the competing ground while the other roars like a dying tiger…cacophonous.

Throughout the endless battle, the onlooker stares anonymously; capturing time in a vacuum; recruiting like the eyes of the Devil.

Every living soul is immersed in the ball; the decider of all matches.

It plummets towards loss and victory and a cloak of anticipation rests on the shoulders of fans…a sound like baying wolves erupts.

The crowd are one, united forever in one emotion…

Hettie - a poem about football