English at Holystone

English Curriculum - Statement of Intent

At Holystone, we believe that language and literacy is fundamental to the overall development of our children and their access to the curriculum in all its aspects. We aim to deliver quality teaching of spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects and underpins all aspects of the school's Core Values of Respect, Resilience, Independence and Community.  

English is a core subject in the National Curriculum and our aim is 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. Through our imaginative delivery of the National Curriculum for English, we aim 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