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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 h 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 Padnell Junior School, we achieve these aims in a variety of ways to help the children to learn, create and achieve.  Books are chosen for variety and interest and a range of media is used to stimulate the children’s writing.  Each year group studies a Shakespeare play, including taking part in workshops and performances. The well-stocked library promotes reading for pleasure as well as providing a space for research.  Spellings are taught weekly and help the children understand spelling and phonics and improve their vocabulary.