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English

Purpose of study

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. 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, 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 who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

Aims

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 language, 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

Reading

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

Being a fluent  reader is a long journey. That journey begins even before your child enters our Nursery. To find out more about how we teach reading at Batley Parish please click here.

Writing

"I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn."
--Anne Frank

To find out more about the writing process at Batley Parish please click here.

Handwriting

At Batley Parish, we hold handwriting and good presentation in the highest regard. We believe that children who are proud of the way they present their work achieve more highly than those who don't.

For more information visit our handwriting page by clicking here.

Long Term Planning

Please click here to see our long term planning.

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