English

Vision Statement

We seek to ensure that all children are provided with the opportunity to read, write and speak with confidence, fluency and understanding and that they achieve their full potential in all aspects of English by the time they move from primary to secondary education. Our aim is to develop children’s independent access to a life-time love of English.

Our aims for English

We aim to ensure all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

The English Curriculum

We follow the programmes of study for the new National Curriculum. English Planning will ensure that there are frequent and regular opportunities for:

  • daily activities for guided/independent reading
  • regular independent writing which will be based on and will develop further skills covered in English lessons, and which will include both fiction and non-fiction writing in order to facilitate children’s ability to develop as independent writers.
  • weekly spelling and handwriting practice
  • a short, lively, frequent re-visiting of spelling/grammar strategies taught previously
  • daily speaking and listening activities through Snack and Chat