English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. It is a subject in its own right and
the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding language provides access to the whole
curriculum. Through being taught to write and speak fluently, pupils learn to communicate their
ideas and emotions to others; through their reading and listening, others can communicate with
them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally,
spiritually and socially. 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. All the
skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to read and write fluently and confidently, are, in every sense,
The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of
literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and to
develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. 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, 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
Reading and Phonics
We believe that having excellent reading skills is the key to a bright and happy future. Learning to read is an adventure that takes children to new and exciting places, helping them to understand the world. We endeavour to work in partnership with parents/carers to ensure that every child is a competent reader who understands and loves books.
Your child will bring books home from school to read, but please feel free to read anything else you have at home. Please read little and often and sign the organiser, giving comments about how your child is doing.
We reward children who read at home with a green card. In addition, we have the 'reading pin challenge'. Every time your child reads three times in one week, they will get a square marked off on their challenge board. Working in partnership with you, they will aim to be awarded their bronze, silver and gold 'bookworm' reading pins in ’reading achievement’ assemblies. Happy reading!
Policies and Skills Progression
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
Thank you to everyone for a wonderful World Book Day...and for your amazing outfits!
It was a difficult choice, but the competition winners were: Freddie, Bonnie,Ethan,Jacob, Meadow, Lyla, Alfie, Alex, Pippa, Elizabeth, Veronika and Rylee. CONGRATULATIONS!
READING COMPETITION RESULTS
Thank you to everyone who entered our book review competition! We had SO many entries of such a high standard - it made judging very difficult.
The winners received a signed book by Dan Freeman or a £5 book token.
Happy reading, everyone!