Language and communication is the most important life skill and fundamental to all learning. Effective use of literacy and oracy skills empower the learner; enabling skills essential for everyday life, the world of work and independent understanding. Most importantly, they enable pupils to communicate their thoughts and feelings to others, ensuring they can be understood and develop both academically and emotionally.

Our English Curriculum Intent

To enable our children to:

• develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
• listen carefully with concentration, to understand the main points of what they have heard and to take on board the points of others with respect and interest
• speak clearly, audibly and with purpose, taking into account their listeners and adapt their tone/level of formality to suit the appropriate context/situation
• have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.
• read with confidence, fluency and a deeper understanding, utilising a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct
• have an interest in books, not only as an essential skill but to read for enjoyment and to seek out information independently
• write with purpose and organisation; awareness of the reader and an ability to self-correct and edit confidently
• notice the strategies and techniques real writers use and transfer these skills into their own work
• have an interest in words, their meanings; developing a wider, rich and growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
• understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation.