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John Harrox Primary School John Harrox Primary School

John Harrox Primary School


English is taught in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum.

There are three areas of focus for the study of English at Key Stages 1 and 2. These are:

  • Speaking and Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

Speaking and listening skills are of central importance to children’s development. Opportunities are provided for children to express and develop ideas, engage in discussion and exchange views sensitively, competently and coherently. Through exposure to a variety of activities and situations, children are encouraged to develop the skills to use speech appropriately, being able to adjust ways of speaking according to the occasion, and develop a growing ability to listen attentively. Developing children’s confidence in using speaking and listening skills are further reinforced in our school productions and through drama which brings other areas of the curriculum to life.

We believe the ability to read is fundamental to many aspects of life, it is central to general academic progress and developing a wide-ranging understanding across the curriculum. The teaching of reading is to be given a high priority by all staff. Success in reading is central to our curriculum; it is crucial in developing a child’s academic confidence, self-esteem and motivation to learn.

Our reading curriculum aims to ensure pupils:

  • Will be inspired to have a love of reading as a pastime which will also provide an essential tool to succeed in all areas of life.
  • Read fluently, confidently and with good understanding
  • Read widely and often, for both pleasure and information recognising its value
  • Can read, understand and respond to a variety of text types
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary through shared and guided reading
  • Give children the confidence to read aloud and with clarity
  • Love, respect and appreciate books

The early teaching of reading focuses on the development of phonic knowledge, decoding skills and the speedy recognition of common words. We use the Read Write Inc Scheme to ensure a consistent, systematic and rigorous approach across Key stage one. Children are encouraged to read appropriate material at home. The school has a library containing fiction and non-fiction material, and the children are encouraged to use study skills to locate and retrieve information. Children may borrow books from the library to take home. Books relating to current topic work and some fiction books are displayed in classrooms.

We aim to provide children with the means to write purposefully for a range of audiences, using a growing vocabulary and accuracy in spelling and grammar. Children are encouraged to use different forms of writing to express themselves, and to plan and review their work.

Researching, speaking confidently and presenting findings are skills that are regularly reinforced in other curriculum areas.