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AvenueInfant School



Curriculum Intent: English

Possibilities -   To have high aspirations and know all of the opportunities available to them.

Initiative -       To take risks, become independent thinkers and be responsible for themselves.

Growth -         To recognise and celebrate their own individual journey, understanding their own uniqueness and strengths and those of others

Characteristics of a Reader                 

During their time here at The Avenue, we want our children to:

  • Develop a knowledge of a phonemes and grapheme correspondences
  • Apply this knowledge to blend words to read sentences and stories
  • Build confidence and accuracy in their fluency: including rapid reading of Common Exception Words
  • To read a wide range of text types
  • To comprehend what they read and answer questions in relation to this
  • To develop their expression and intonation when reading aloud
  • Most importantly, to develop a lifelong love of reading

Characteristics of a Writer                  

During their time here at The Avenue, we want our children to:

  • Organise their ideas orally before writing them down
  • Use their knowledge of phonics to support them to segment to spell words
  • Develop a legible style of handwriting, so that writing can be read by themselves and others
  • Have confidence and stamina when writing
  • Write in detail about a number of topics across the curriculum
  • Learn and apply the age appropriate grammar, punctuation & spelling across their writing
  • Use a wide range of aspirational vocabulary


Our pupils should be able to organise their knowledge, skills and understanding into the following concepts:

  • Handwriting
  • Spelling
  • Composition
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Applying Phonics
  • Reading for Pleasure
  • Reading with accuracy, fluency and understanding

These key concepts underpin the children’s learning through the year groups from Reception to Year 2. This enables pupils to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject specific language. 

Aspirations For The Future

Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.

Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future:

  • Author
  • News reporter
  • Head of HR
  • Journalist
  • Director
  • Teacher

For more careers, please visit First Careers. 



Through the explicit teaching of reading and writing skills and fundamentals, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson.   Teacher feedback helps pupils focus on their next steps of development.  Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time. Phonics assessment and progress is tracked termly and groups are fluid to enable to children to move at their own pace through the Read Write Inc phonics scheme.

Pupil Voice



Here is what English looks like at The Avenue: