The English national curriculum (2014) states that: ‘The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.’
At Great Harwood Primary School we are proud to offer the pupils a text rich learning environment where imagination and creativity can be fuelled. Through the English curriculum, we help pupils develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills they need to become lifelong learners.
The curriculum is a complete, thematic approach to the teaching of primary English that places children’s literature at its core. It immerses the children in a literary world, therefore creating strong levels of engagement to provide meaningful and authentic context for primary English.
Children become critical readers and acquire an authorial style as they encounter a wide-range of significant authors and a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The exposure of children’s literature within the primary school setting is vital as a rich context for learning; not only within English as a subject but to support building a reading culture throughout the school.
Long Term Plan for English