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The study of English develops children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings. Children become empowered to interpret the world around them and to make sense of their experiences; in this sense English is a tool for both our thinking and learning. At Stanburn Primary School, we believe that a high quality and diverse English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. We aim to challenge all our children to have an appreciation of a rich and varied curriculum that inspires a love of reading, develops and challenges fluent writers and develops eloquent speakers. As a school, we embed challenge for all, with rich opportunities for mastery and breadth to ensure a secure knowledge for every learner. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We aim to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening, which are skills that can be used through discussion to further their learning. We believe that a secure basis in English skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.


Our English curriculum is embedded across our daily lessons and the wider curriculum. We have a rigorous and well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. Teachers use a high quality key text within the half term/term and plan the main themes around this. Cross curricular links are woven into topic work and our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014.

In addition to daily English lessons, children excel in early reading through the use of Letters and Sounds and daily phonics. In KS1, the children read weekly with an adult and have regular phonics assessments to ensure rapid, embedded progress. In KS2, children read through whole class teaching (VIPERS) and specific children will be supported through extra reading. Each year the children participate in World Book Day along with National Poetry Day. We also provide opportunities for creative writing competitions through the wider curriculum. This ensures that children benefit from access to positive role models from the local and wider locality.

Language plays a fundamental role in the growth of our identity and self-image. Through language, each individual has the opportunity to express themselves through their feelings and emotions and to label and mark the surrounding world. It enables us to communicate and be creative. Language binds communities, groups, and governments – past, present and future. English is a key focus at Stanburn. It is the foundation for all of the learning which takes place in our school. Competence in it empowers the learner.

We are an inclusive school; we set high expectations and recognise the importance of accurate and regular assessment in order to support individuals at every part of their learning journey and in whatever circumstances. We use one to one support, small groups and cross-phase work to support different ability groups. We plan teaching opportunities to help those for whom English is an additional language, those with disabilities outlined in the SEND code of practice and for gifted and talented pupils.


Children are enabled to express themselves creatively, eloquently and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and a range of multi-media. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins; ensuring that they are at the heart of the learning experience. As a result, we have a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing their developing knowledge and skills. Children at Stanburn are confident to take risks in their reading and writing and are eloquent speakers who discuss and share their ideas.

The aims of teaching English are:

• To strive for excellence and inspire and challenge all of our children to learn skills, develop passions and reach heights they could not imagine.
• To develop communication skills through speaking and listening in a wide range of contexts.
• To develop avid readers through contact with challenging, diverse and substantial texts that inspire a love of reading.
• To support children to become confident, independent readers, through an appropriate focus on word - sentence – and text-level knowledge.
• To use phonological awareness to decode and segment words.
• To develop fluent writers and know that writing is both essential to thinking and learning and enjoyable in its own right.
• To be able to write effectively for a range of audiences and purposes using spelling, punctuation and syntax accurately and confidently.
• To enable our children to be eloquent speakers and to take account of their audience, purpose and differing situations.
• Teachers to have expert subject knowledge, which provides sequential learning.
• To provide challenge for all, with rich opportunities for mastery and breadth.
• To develop vocabulary including key subject specific words.
• To use precisely targeted questioning accurately, to identify any misconceptions and to reshape activities accordingly.
• To develop positive, supportive partnerships with families.
• To complete accurate assessment to inform next step planning.
• To enable the children to improve their planning, drafting and editing of their work.
• To enable children to explore issues of prejudice, bias and racism through many aspects of English.
• To allow children to learn about a wide range of cultures through the use of high-quality, interesting and engaging texts.
• To ensure children feel that their home language is given value and status in our school.

In EYFS and Year 1, phonics is taught daily. This is based upon the Letters and Sounds publication, which is supplemented by the use of Jolly Phonics and Bug Club. The children are taught to read a range of materials fluently and with understanding, for enjoyment and information. Our reading programme ensures that children are taught to use a range of strategies, e.g., phonics, word recognition, use of context - to help them make sense of what they read. We believe it is essential for children to read as wide a range of literature as possible so we use a range of texts including those within reading schemes, fiction and non-fiction texts, poetry and plays. We place a strong emphasis on reading comprehension and the children are taught how to read for meaning. This is reinforced through guided reading sessions. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in helping their child/ children to learn to read.



Please follow the link to the Book Trust to find some book and reading recommendations.

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Please see the Assessment without Levels page to download the Key Learning Objectives for each year group.