English lessons are where students learn how to effectively communicate ideas (where English is their first language).
English is taught across primary school and secondary school in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and several other English-first countries, and typically follows a national curriculum. Each year group in primary school has a set of learning objectives to be attained by students within the school year. In the United States, English is often referred to as language arts, and schools follow the Common Core curriculum.
The UK National Curriculum is split into Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2). KS1 covers Years 1 and 2, whilst KS2 covers Years 3 to 6. Throughout their primary school journey, children will improve their English skills, from gaining basic literacy skills, such as understanding phonics, to using punctuation correctly, to learning about sentence structure. Children will learn a host of writing skills, from using thesauruses, to effectively using figurative language, to creating engaging plots for stories.
The guides linked above detail the standards required at each year group of primary school for each of the components. They also feature resources, instructional materials and top tips on how to help your child reach meet the requirements of the primary English curriculum. Teaching English can be challenging, whether you’re a parent or a teacher, and our free resources are here to help.
English is important because it teaches your child all of the communication skills required for both everyday life and their future education. It teaches them how to write, speak, listen, read and interpret a wide variety of content produced in a variety of contexts: from texts, to films, to life-like conversations. It is amongst the most important subject areas your child will study in terms of real-life, everyday value. Helping your child succeed in English is therefore a great thing to do as a parent.
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