Literacy - Overview

We believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading a wide range of texts often.

It is our intention that our pupils acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to become lifelong learners. We strive to ensure that all our pupils receive a well-rounded learning experience when reading and writing, which will equip them with the fundamental tools to achieve.  

We recognise the importance of a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write accurately and adapt their language choices for a range of contexts and audiences. We believe that all pupils should be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their writing, by developing a joined handwriting style by the time they move to secondary school.  

We believe that all successful writers refine and edit their writing over time; we want children to develop independence to identify their own areas for improvement in their writing, editing their work effectively during and after the writing process.  

We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of oracy, who can use discussion to develop their learning. The skill of fluency in speaking, writing and reading empowers children and allows them to be effective communicators. We will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.  

All children are given the opportunity to enter the magical worlds that books open up to them. We promote reading for pleasure as part of our reading curriculum. It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination through our book-led approach.  

We use Babcock’s Book Writes from Years 1-6 to support our English curriculum, allowing our sessions to be based around high-quality texts that are age appropriate. We foster pupils' interest in writing and offer a reason and context for writing which enables the children to write for purpose and audience.  

It is our intention to broaden our pupils' exposure to high level vocabulary to allow pupils to apply their understanding of vocabulary and grammatical features within and across the English curriculum. 

Reading in particular, also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge in a range of contexts and subjects and to build on what they already know. We aim to lay the foundations for our children’s successful lives after school and their future careers.