At St Bees Village School, we recognise the crucial importance of the study of English. We follow the National Curriculum to ensure that children reach age-related expectations or better by the time they leave our school. Teachers are aware of pupil capabilities and learning is personalised to ensure that progression takes place. Through our teaching of English, we want the children to gain skills which they can transfer into other areas of the curriculum as we understand the significance that the teaching of English can have upon other areas of the curriculum.

‘All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.’

(National Curriculum, 2013)

Our overarching aim for English at St Bees Village School is to promote high levels of English across reading, writing and spoken language, equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word.

By the time our children leave St Bees Village School, we aim for them to:

  • understand and value the importance of English;
  • be confident and competent readers;
  • be ambitious with their writing and language choices;
  • develop a habit of reading for pleasure;
  • speak clearly and confidently, having the ability to articulate their thoughts and ideas;
  • use standard English in both the written and oral form.

We use Read Write Inc. to teach children phonics. To find out more visit www.ruthmiskin.com as well as reading the documents below relating to reading