English Statement of Intent

‘You are the light of the world’

At St Anne’s CE Primary School, we strive to meet the needs of all pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum in English. In our school, we offer pupils a high-quality English education where all children have the opportunity develop a rich and varied vocabulary, the confidence and ability to have well-structured discussion and the ability to accurately use grammar. Through the delivery of the English curriculum, we foster independence and focus on developing resilient learners.

Our curriculum covers all National Curriculum areas and has been developed so that all pupils are exposed to a diverse and rich variety of texts and authors. This means that all pupils have the opportunity to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. All of our children are taught to read through an engaging and robust synthetic phonics program, right from term one of Reception. Throughout our school, our children have regular opportunities to read to and listen to others; this requires courage and a continuing culture of respect.  From EYFS to the end of KS2, a love for reading is harnessed; we provide nurturing opportunities right from early reading stages to guide children in their ever-growing passion for Reading both for pleasure and information.

In Writing, our children are provided with a high-quality, exciting curriculum. This curriculum teaches them to not only write fluently, but to write at length, for a range of purposes. English topics are skilfully planned so that they link with wider areas of the curriculum to contextualise learning and add purpose. We focus on developing resilient learners, who have the courage, to be explorative with their writing and learners that can confidently plan, revise and evaluate their writing, ensuring cohesion for the reader. Children are consistently taught spelling patterns and rules to enable confident and dynamic spellers. Through our teaching of spelling, children can accurately apply the relationship between letters and sounds (phonics), understanding of morphology (word structure) and orthography (spelling structure). We have consistently high expectations of handwriting and presentation which enables children to be proud of the work that they produce and showcase fluent, legible and joined writing.

By the end of Key Stage 2, and in preparation for Key Stages 3 and 4, our curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

Read easily, fluently and with good understanding and:

  • 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

We believe that through these opportunities and the delivery of our rich English curriculum, we prepare children for an ever-changing world. Our children become confident communicators and their dynamic skills will continue to shine throughout their lives.