The aims of the English Curriculum at Inspire are:

  • To build spoken language skills, developing speakers who communicate with clarity and confidence in a range of meaningful contexts
  • To broaden vocabulary and instigate a curiosity about words
  • To inspire a love of reading
  • To develop fluent readers who read for enjoyment and for information
  • To celebrate a diverse range of authors, poets and texts from Britain and across the globe
  • To develop excellent writers who write with clarity, accuracy and coherence for a range of purposes and audiences
  • To build transcriptional knowledge and skills including grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting.

Delivering of English lessons at Inspire:

English is planned and delivered following the Inspire Education Trust’s own English long-term plan.  Children’s skills are developed through cohesive units of work based around high quality texts or writing genres, building to purposeful writing opportunities.  

Chosen texts ensure coverage of classic stories, contemporary fiction and a range of traditional tales, including myths and legends, within each year group, and texts have been mapped to ensure progression across the school. 

Reading at Inspire:

Our approach to the teaching of reading ensures focus on both of the key dimensions needed to become effective readers – Word Reading and Language Comprehension. 

Word Reading:

Phonics is the predominant way we teach Word Reading, and we use Read Write Inc. as our phonics programme.


We employ various approaches employed to develop children’s comprehension skills.  These include:

Core Text to Support English Teaching: