The aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, 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

At Rangeworthy, we ensure this is achieved by:

  • Development of early reading skills through a clear progression in phonics teaching and developing children’s comprehension skills
  • Using a reading scheme incorporating a range of different books including Oxford Reading Tree and Jelly and Bean books
  • Developing children’s love of reading and promotion of a wide reading diet through access to our school library, the promotion of a school reading spine, book weeks and sending books home regularly for children to share with their parents/carers
  • Daily English lessons focusing on the development of the understanding of grammar, spelling, reading and writing
  • Focusing on children’s ability to communicate in a wide variety of styles using well-chosen vocabulary
  • Regular guided reading lessons and individual reading where appropriate
  • Giving children opportunities to participate in discussion, drama, role-play, performance, presentation and by organising regular theatre visits
  • Providing timely interventions for those children who need extra support
  • Where appropriate, incorporating English teaching into our Creative Curriculum to give real purpose to the development of English skills