The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that 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
use discussion in order to be competent in the art of speaking and listening
English has an important place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society. Therefore it is a priority of our school that all pupils develop their speaking skills to enable them to make a positive contribution. As well as being invaluable in for further education, employment and society, reading and writing are enjoyable pastimes and pupils are encouraged to enjoy reading and writing for pleasure both at school and at home.
Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. Our pupils are provided with daily opportunities to read collaboratively, independently and in guided reading settings to both develop reading skills and promote reading for enjoyment. As part of their reading session, pupils read, summarise, express and clarify their own ideas and the ideas of others.
Our English curriculum is designed to promote good outcomes for pupils by providing children with the opportunity to develop speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. We use national curriculum objectives to inform our planning.