Communication is a key life skill which we value highly across the school. We aim to inspire all pupils to read and write to a high standard both technically and creatively, in order to express themselves meaningfully to a variety of audiences, with confidence. We aim for pupils to have an up-to-date and confident understanding and use of technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their writing, and the writing of others.

Children are taught reading, writing(including grammar, spelling and punctuation) and spoken language skills in daily English lessons, appropriate to their age and stage of development. These skills are further refined and embedded across the daily curriculum and through visits, visitors to school and events. For example:

  • working with an author,
  • participating in STAR Alliance Spelling Bees,
  • participating in debate competitions,
  • participation in World Book Day events,
  • writing reviews after our visit to the Theatre,
  • writing evaluations ad instructions for DT projects
  • writing reflections on experiences and learning across the curriculum (including Arts Award).

Spoken language

We aim to:

  • Encourage children to talk for a range of purposes and audiences.
  • Promote the use and value of formal and informal English alongside our local accent and dialect, in order to develop accurate spelling and enable pupils to participate in formal situations confidently.
  • Teach children to listen carefully, and respond appropriately in a variety of situations-including debate.
  • Give children opportunities for drama, improvisation and performance.
  • To make our children confident speakers and good listeners, and to make speaking and listening pleasurable and productive experiences.
  • Enable our children to speak and listen, with and without teacher supervision, and be able to plan collaboratively.

We do this in a variety of ways across the curriculum, involving a range of audiences within the community.

For example:

  • Paired and group discussion/debate.
  • Reporting back to class.
  • Giving evaluations.
  • Sharing explanations across the curriculum.
  • Presentations in class.
  • Presentations in Class Assemblies for parents/carers and pupils.
  • School and Class Council discussions
  • Performing poetry.
  • Sharing writing.
  • Debates
  • Performing in productions.

English Events

pdfClick here to view English events for this school year.

Resources to support learning at home.

pdfClick here to download reading dice 1.

pdfClick here to download reading dice 2

pdfClick here to download spelling games to play at home.

pdfClick here to download paired reading guidance.


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