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Roxbourne Primary School


Children develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. They learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. Children learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. Studying English helps children understand how language works by looking at its patterns and structure enabling them to adapt what they say and write in different situations.

Purpose of Study

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to write and speak 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, especially, 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, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.


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

Literacy Links

BBC Bitesize - KS1

KS1 Literacy Activities

BBC Bitesize - KS2

KS2 Literacy Activities

Crickweb - KS1

Free Interactive Literacy Resources

Crickweb - KS2

Free Interactive Literacy Resources

Reading Rockets

Help young children learn to read.

R Rockets - Parents

Make children confident readers.

BC - Learn English

Learn English with British Council

Story Books Online

Online Storybooks to Read

Woodlands Literacy

Fun online interactive activities.

Active Learn - Reading

Whole-school reading programme