At James Brindley, we acknowledge that English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society; and our aim is that by the time all pupils leave our school they will have a command of English which will help them to flourish at high school and also later in life.

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.

Pupils will read easily, fluently and with good understanding; having developed the habit of reading widely, often and for pleasure. All pupils are exposed to a wide range of text types, genres and authors upon which they can draw inspiration. Pupils will acquire a wide vocabulary and an understanding of the conventions of reading, so that they are equipped to appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage and have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

In writing, pupils will write confidently for purpose and audience, using the correct level of formality, whilst developing their own individual flair. They will have a very good understanding of the conventions of grammar and also a rich and varied vocabulary to draw upon.

Orally, pupils will have the ability to express themselves articulately and with confidence, having developed these skills in a wide variety of tasks and to varied audiences, using appropriate intonation and volume where required. They are also able to listen to others, acknowledge different opinions and express their own views thoughtfully.

We also aim for our children to apply all of these English skills to all areas of the curriculum and build on crucial prior knowledge as they move through school.

Rich and engaging texts and animations are used as a Stimulus for all English lessons, with teachers planning a clear sequence of learning which allows children to explore texts, reading as a writer; analysing text structure and grammatical component; orally modelling and composing; planning and rehearsing; and editing and improving final written compositions.

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