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Subject Snapshot

English at Nantwich Primary Academy cultivates communication, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills as fundamental life skills. Our curriculum fosters enthusiasm and appreciation for English, integrating speaking, listening, group discussions, and drama into all aspects of learning.


Through high-quality texts, cultural experiences, and enriching activities, our pupils explore diverse contexts, improve cross-curricular writing, and develop into confident readers and writers. We emphasise cultural capital, enabling students to engage with the best in literature and human creativity.


Our approach ensures that by the end of primary education, our pupils are equipped with the necessary English skills and passion for the subject, preparing them for

success in secondary education

and beyond.

Subject Policy

Progression Pathway


Cultural Capital is the accumulation of knowledge, experiences and skills that form the foundation for citizens to be successful in education, employment and society.

At Nantwich Primary Academy, we believe that Cultural Capital gives our children advantage, power and the strength to influence their futures and that of wider society. Cultural Capital helps our children develop into successful citizens who aspire to achieve.

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Cultural Capital

Examples of Cross-Curricular Links


Pupils explore historical narratives, writing diary entries from the perspective of historical figures, while developing storytelling and empathy skills.


Pupils write informative reports on scientific discoveries and experiments, honing their explanatory writing and critical thinking skills.


Pupils create persuasive brochures and travelogues about different countries, practicing descriptive language and cultural appreciation.


Pupils analyze and interpret famous artwork, composing poems and stories inspired by the visuals, fostering creativity and artistic appreciation.





Pupils engage with lyrics and songs to explore language, rhythm, and rhyme, while learning about poetic devices and musical storytelling.

Pupils write sports commentaries and match analyses, refining their use of action verbs, adjectives, and evaluative language in real-world contexts.

Pupils solve word problems and create storybooks that incorporate mathematical concepts, fostering the understanding of maths in everyday life.

Pupils write step-by-step instructions for creating simple projects, enhancing their procedural writing skills and understanding of the design process.

Ofsted defines Cultural Capital as “…the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said, and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.”


Our aspirational English curriculum seeks to expose children to new cultural contexts. This widens learning with rich experiences that build progressively; our carefully planned cultural activities open up doors in later life.

An English progression pathway outlines a structured learning journey for students, ensuring the development of essential skills and knowledge in line with the National Curriculum for English. It focuses on three core areas: reading, writing, and spoken language.

The pathway helps educators deliver a balanced and comprehensive curriculum that builds upon previous learning, fosters critical thinking and creativity, and prepares students for future academic and professional success in English. By offering a clear, step-by-step framework, the progression pathway supports consistent, high-quality English education across all key stages.

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