Aims of the National Curriculum 2014
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 word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national 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.
At Cheswick Green, we immerse the children in a rich, creative curriculum so that they are reading and writing for real and engaging purposes. We endeavour to link all aspects of English to the wider curriculum and we provide a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. In doing so this develops the children’s confidence and their communication skills; it also expands their imagination and widens their vocabulary.
We also recognise the need to teach core skills in regular, discrete lessons before asking the children to apply these skills to the wider curriculum.
Click on the links below to find out more about the different aspects of English at Cheswick Green and to see English in action at our school!