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English has a pre-eminent 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. 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. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised’

National Curriculum for English

We aim to teach our children to use language as effectively as they can in a wide variety of situations, as laid down in the National Curriculum.  They will be introduced to many types of literature including fiction, non-fiction and poetry and will be encouraged to read widely.  Our aim is that all our pupils will be able to:

  • Write interesting sentences which make sense and are correctly punctuated.
  • Watch, respond to and take part in a performance.
  • Enjoy listening and responding to a wide variety of stories and poems, articulating their reasons and opinions about it.
  • Read for pleasure and for information, with increasing understanding, demonstrating some inferential skills.
  • Experience creative ownership of their work.
  • Experience and experiment with a wide range of genre.
  • Provide opportunities to read and write materials of personal interest to pupils.

We use the Cornerstones ‘Imaginative Learning Projects’ as vehicles to experience English ‘in context’ through a topic based approach to teaching and learning. Through high-quality texts we aim to engage all pupils so they progress in both the national curriculum standards and developing English ‘life skills’.


As a school we use Phonics Bug books in EYFS and the core scheme in KS1 is Oxford Reading Tree supported by Project X and other books. We use 'Letters and Sounds' as the main resources to teach phonics in Key Stage 1, using the Jolly Phonics actions to support.  

Paired Reading

Please use the link below to discover more information about paired reading as a parent.

Download the Parents As Paired Reading Partners leaflet

If you would like to watch a short video about how to carry out paired reading please click here.

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