English Language and literacy

Teachers develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.

Spoken language

Pupils will be taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They learn to justify their ideas with reasons; ask questions to check their understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and develop effective communication. They are taught to give well-structured descriptions and explanations and develop their understanding through speculating, hypothesising and exploring ideas. This will enable them to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing

Reading and writing

Teachers develop pupils’ reading and writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge. Pupils will be taught to read fluently, understand extended prose (both fiction and non-fiction) and are encouraged to read for pleasure.

We will do everything to promote wider reading. We have well stocked libraries and we set ambitious expectations for reading at home. Pupils will develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They will be taught the correct use of grammar. They build on what they have been taught to expand the range of their writing and the variety of the grammar they use. The writing they do includes narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations: such writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard or read.

Vocabulary development

Pupils’ acquisition and command of vocabulary are key to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum. Teachers therefore develop vocabulary actively, building systematically on pupils’ current knowledge. They will increase pupils’ store of words in general and make links between known and new vocabulary. In this way, pupils expand the vocabulary choices that are available to them when they write. In addition, it is vital for pupils’ comprehension that they understand the meanings of words they meet in their reading across all subjects, our older pupils will be taught the meaning of instruction verbs that they may meet in examination questions. It is particularly important to introduce pupils to the language which defines each subject in its own right, such as accurate mathematical and scientific language.