It is our intention when teaching the English curriculum that our pupils acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to become lifelong learners and linguists. We strive to ensure that all our pupils receive a well-rounded learning experience when reading, writing, speaking and listening, which will equip them with the fundamental tools to achieve whilst at Great Whelnetham C of E Primary School and beyond. 
English is a core subject of the National Curriculum and a prerequisite for educational and social progress as it underpins the work undertaken in all areas of the curriculum. The acquisition of language skills is of the upmost importance to us here at Great Whelnetham C of E Primary School and therefore the teaching of all aspects of English is given a high priority within school. Confidence in basic language skills enables children to communicate creatively and imaginatively, preparing them for their future journey through education and beyond. 
Our intentions: 
Our aim is to ensure that every child becomes a reader, a writer and confident speaker by the time they leave Great Whelnetham C of E Primary School.  
To promote and instill a love for reading, writing and high-quality literature for pupils of all ages. 
To deliver an English curriculum which is carefully sequenced to develop the acquisition of knowledge and skills.

The teaching of reading is at the heart of everything that we do at Great Whelnetham C of E Primary School. We believe that all pupils should have the opportunity to be fluent, confident readers who are able to successfully comprehend and understand a wide range of texts. We want pupils to develop a love of reading, a good knowledge of a range of authors and be able to understand more about the world in which they live, through the knowledge they gain from texts.

By the end of their time with us, all children should be able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education. We do not put ceilings on what pupils can achieve in reading and we do not hold pre-conceptions about any pupil’s ability to make progress. We recognise that reading is an essential life skill and provides our children with developing cultural capital. Being proficient readers will enable them to be successful and positive contributors to society as they grow into adulthood.

We understand the importance of parents and carers in supporting their children to achieve this. We need to develop both word reading and comprehension skills, and so we want to encourage a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to understand how to enhance the skills being taught in school through good quality texts. 

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