We enable our pupils to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of English within a rich, integrated programme of speaking, listening, reading and writing. First and foremost, our pupils are given opportunities to explore and investigate the English language and its patterns through speaking and listening. As pupils move through our key stages, they develop, consolidate and secure the skills needed to read, share, enjoy and interpret a wide variety of literature. Our pupils learn to handwrite fluently and apply their spelling, grammar and punctuation skills to a variety of purposes in a range of cross curricular context linked by quality texts taken from The Power of Reading. Our pupils are encouraged to think creatively, to be adventurous with their use of language and to write with clear purpose.


Our children learn to:

  • speak clearly and audibly with a distinct purpose and consideration of their audience
  • listen carefully to others, identifying key points and views
  • express their opinions clearly and listen to the opinions of others, challenging views with sensitivity when participating in formal presentations, discussions and debates
  • use their phonic skills effectively when blending phonemes for reading and when segmenting phonemes for spelling
  • enjoy listening to and sharing stories, developing a love of books, and reading widely for pleasure · build a repertoire of known traditional stories and poetry, appreciating our rich literary heritage
  • have an interest in words, their meanings and their origins, developing a growing vocabulary both for speaking and writing
  • write with confidence and creativity, while developing the skills to self-edit, correct and improve
  • be curious about the grammatical structures of the English language, using their grammatical knowledge to support their writing through thematic, topic-based work
  • understand a range of fiction genres and non-fiction text types, enabling them to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the context
  • be imaginative, creative and challenge themselves


In the Early Years and Foundation Stage

 Our pupils are given opportunities to:

  • experience a rich language environment;
  • express themselves and to speak and listen in a range of contexts;
  • participate in Talk for Writing activities, developing their repertoire of traditional stories and rhymes and thus becoming increasing familiar with the patterns of the English language;
  • link sounds and letters and begin to read and write;
  • experience a wide range of reading materials including books, poetry and other written material to ignite their interest and develop a love of books;
  • participate in a wide range of fun activities to develop their fine and gross motor skills
  • develop a good pencil grip and learn to form letters accurately in line with our school handwriting policy
  • to write with purpose and for enjoyment throughout the curriculum


Pupils in EYFS are taught to write formally through group and whole class activities. Teachers in EYFS create engaging writing opportunities for our pupils to write during Continuous Provision activities.     

At Key Stage One

Our pupils:

  • continue to participate in enriching and engaging speaking and listening activities, learning to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say
  • further develop their repertoire of known stories and rhymes through Talk for Writing
  • continue to build and consolidate their phonic knowledge and understanding, blending sounds for reading and segmenting for spelling
  • are encouraged to choose and explore a wide range of exciting and engaging books as well as sharing and discussing books with their friends and adults
  • read with greater understanding, independence and personal enjoyment
  • explore the grammatical patterns and structures of the English language
  • have secured a comfortable pencil grip, know how to form all letters accurately and are beginning to learn how to join
  • write at greater length, with increasing independence in a wider range of contexts

At Key Stage Two

Our pupils:

  • participate in discussion and debate, presenting ideas clearly, listening to and sensitively challenging the views of others
  • adapt the way they speak to suit different situations, purpose and audiences
  • participate in shared Talk for Writing activities in order to further develop and consolidate the patterns of the English language from word-, to sentence-, to text level
  • continue to apply their phonic knowledge for spelling
  • use other knowledge of spellings (such as morphology and etymology) to learn to spell common words correctly, using their knowledge of spelling patterns to spell unfamiliar words by the end of the Key Stage
  • take great pleasure in their reading, read with greater independence and develop a healthy, regular reading habit
  • are encouraged to access a rich diet of reading materials including fiction, poetry, non-fiction and electronic texts; participating in purposeful discussion, debate and responding to texts in a variety of ways, including using a reading journal
  • become increasingly confident in their understanding and knowledge of the conventions of English grammar and punctuation, using their understanding to take greater control of their own compositions
  • learn to handwrite fluently, at speed, using joined handwriting (in line with our school Handwriting Policy)
  • write effectively for an increasingly wide range of contexts, becoming more independent, creative and showing a greater consideration for their audience and purpose