New English Curriculum

There are changes to the national curriculum.  There are documents below to help you understand it.  There is also a parent' guide to the national curriculum.This guide explains the changes to the National curriculum  and gives a clear outline of the new content, by year group, with  some background information about how the curriculum and assessment works.

Please follow this link to download the guide: http://www.risingstars-uk.com/curriculumparentguide/ 


In English pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. Pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. The study of English helps pupils understand how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Using this knowledge, pupils can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations.

How Can I help my child?

  • Take time to talk with your child. Use real situations to develop discussions, to encourage imagination and to share experiences.
  • Introduce new language to your children. How many words can you think of that mean the same as small?
  • Share nursery rhymes and songs.
  • Read with, and to your child as much as you can. Your child is never too old for you to read them a story. This will help your child develop a real love of reading.
  • Discuss the books you read with your child to find out what your child has understood.
  • Read books more than once.
  • Don’t ever say that a book is too easy for your child.
  • Encourage your child to write a diary, shopping lists, comic-strip stories, thank you letters, write labels and messages.