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English is at the heart of all learning; it enables us to communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes. We believe that the ability to speak and listen well is essential for children to be able to articulate their feelings, opinions and ideas. Alongside this, valuing the thoughts and views of others and treating them with respect is a vital part of their lifelong learning.

It is our vision that all children will learn to become confident, enthusiastic writers who will develop a genuine love for writing. Children will use writing to express themselves, communicate with others and will write independently for a range of purposes. Children will reflect on their own as well as each others’ writing and have an understanding that writing has a real purpose.

In reading we aim to engender a lifelong love of literature. We intend that our pupils will be both independent and reflective readers who can read fluently and for meaning from a variety of sources. We aim that children can use a variety of reading skills to enable them to access all other areas of learning.

'English has also taught me lots of different lessons about different topics, including WW2 and the Ancient Maya. During this time, I enjoyed having the choice of what to write and how to write it, researching the gods was interesting.'  Year 6 writer.

'We use our biology knowledge from science lessons and put it into non-chronological reports' Year 6 writer.

'We had a Zoom call with Jenny Pearson, it was really interesting, she gave us tips about writing. I am so excited for when she comes in to see us. I want her to sign my book!' Year 5 pupil.