English Intent Statement

                                     English Intent Statement
Through our English curriculum, we aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching across all subjects; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. We believe that fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects and our teachers develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching in every subject. At Longhoughton CE Primary School we believe a high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. By developing their reading and listening skills, others can also communicate with them.

At Longhoughton CE Primary School, we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to supporting our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is key for academic success. Every member of staff at Longhoughton understands that our intention is for every child to leave our school as a successful and accomplished reader and appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage. We aim to develop a love of books and reading from the beginning of each child’s learning journey with us and value the role of parents as partners in this vital task. Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and read widely. We value reading for its impact on vocabulary development and comprehension skills.

The overarching aim for teaching writing is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written word. Pupils are taught to acquire a wide range of sophisticated vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for writing. We also develop not only their writing skills but the stamina to complete writing at a good standard.

Children at Longhoughton develop a pupil voice and are able to articulate their ideas clearly. They have a real love for writing and enjoy writing for different purposes and for a range of audiences.