Our English curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum Program of Study 2013.

English at Sycamore Academy


The English curriculum at Sycamore Academy has been created to ensure that all the needs of our children are met in relation to writing. Sycamore Academy’s English curriculum has been developed to ensure that we lead with quality texts. All children should be exposed to and enjoy a range of books that are diverse, engaging and are bursting with knowledge. Using quality texts allows for children to learn new vocabulary, explore meanings and develop their knowledge of a particular topic. Through the teaching of our curriculum, it allows for children to become immersed in a text, which then ensures that our children are well prepared to create quality writing.


In Sycamore Academy we firmly believe that discussion and talk-partners are crucial for enabling quality writing. Therefore, we incorporate oracy skills into our planning so that our children have an opportunity to rehearse information before writing. As we develop oracy skills throughout the key stages, the more advanced their vocabulary and sentence structures become.

Reading is also an important element of the English curriculum. Phonics is the approach used in EYFS and Key Stage 1. In Key Stage 2, we develop fluency and comprehension skills in order for our children to leave Sycamore as competent and confident readers.

Yearly Overviews

English in Year 1

English in Year 2

English in Year 3

English in Year 4

English in Year 5

English in Year 6


At Sycamore Academy, we want all of our children to achieve their full potential. Pupil’s progress is measured through ongoing assessment in line with the school assessment structures. Work is planned to address misconceptions and gaps in learning are identified to ensure that the curriculum effectively meets the needs of all pupils.  We want our children to leave us with a confident command of the English curriculum and a desire to want to be lifelong readers.