At Newborough CE Primary School, we believe that 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. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.

Our 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 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.


The teaching of Reading is supported through the use of the Letters and Sounds document and a combination of reading schemes including: Oxford Reading Tree, Oxford Literacy Web, Collins Big Cat and Longman. The books within these schemes have been 'banded' and ordered in terms of their complexity to read and comprehend to ensure that the children move up through the texts being challenged appropriately. The learning opportunities are further supported through a wide range of 'non- banded' fiction, non-fiction and poerty texts and the use of Accelerated Reader in order to support the children's reading comprehension skills. 

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