A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and, through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading, in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.
All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently therefore, are effectively disenfranchised.
The National Curriculum states that:
The overarching 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 word 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 Beckwithshaw Primary School, we use Pie Corbett's Talk 4 Writing skills, while incorporating various class texts and other high quality literature. To structure the writing sequence, we us Philip Webb’s Five Phase Planning structure (prediction; comprehension; grammar and spelling; planning, drafting and editing and publishing). We always use challenging vocabulary and encourage critical thinking across our lessons. Children are encouraged to read high quality texts, and are always welcome to take books from our library which has a range of texts.