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Intent – English: Word


The curriculum is designed with our pupils and the Holmer community in mind. It enables children to access and enhance their understanding of their home, their city and the wider community, developing their cultural capital and giving them opportunities and choices about their future and their impact as they progress through their school career and beyond.

This will help them become successful members of modern British society, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities.

Curriculum statements:
EYFS: “Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds”
KS1: “Using the spelling rule for adding –s or –es as the plural marker for nouns and the third person singular marker for verbs.”
“Add suffixes to spell longer words, including –ment, –ness, –ful, –less, –ly.”
KS2: “Place the possessive apostrophe accurately in words with regular plurals and in words with irregular plurals.”
“The grammatical difference between plural and possessive –s.”
“How words are related by meaning as synonyms and antonyms.”

What will be made, produced, performed, or published?
Children will demonstrate their understanding of spelling through correct usage in their work across a range of subjects.
Children will complete their spelling log containing all of the individual spellings that they have practised.
Children may eventually compete in a ‘Spelling-Bee’ style of competition.


What knowledge will the children have embedded?
Children will be able to combine letters into progressively complex words.
Their spellings will begin as phonetically plausible and will develop into an understanding of root words and word families; appropriate use of suffixes and prefixes; and recognising and using homophones correctly.
They will understand and use the correct terminology.

What retention may be demonstrated?
Here are some example questions that may be used to assess children’s understanding.

  • EYFS: Write the word ‘dog’. What is the plural of dog? (Or other simple word that follows the ‘add -s’ rule.)
  • KS1: What is the plural of fox? Can you write it down? Add a suffix to the word ‘help’ to change it into another word.
  • KS2: Why is there an apostrophe in ‘The girl’s dress’? Tell me a synonym and an antonym for the word ‘big’.


Cultural Capital 
 ⇒ Children may demonstrate an understanding of words (including root words) from different languages, cultures and periods of history.
⇒ This will help them to develop an understanding of the richness of the English language as well as the complexity.
⇒ It may also give them some awareness of the variety of influences on the English language and culture alongside an appreciation for different dialects and accents.


British Values: 
⇒ Rule of law
⇒ Mutual respect