At Hook Norton Primary School we believe that the skills taught and learnt in English provide the foundations for pupils’ achievement. Reading, Writing and Oracy are vitally important for all areas of the curriculum and in each child’s future.
English is a core subject of the National Curriculum, with reading, writing and speaking and listening being taught and practiced in a range of ways and across all subjects. Language and Literacy are truly cross curricular – they are essential for all areas of the curriculum and the effectiveness of our English teaching underpins the success of our whole curriculum.
At Hook Norton we promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and by developing their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment and purpose.
In line with the English National Curriculum, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
· LIVE a literate life through being able to read, write and communicate orally with confidence, fluency and understanding.
· Develop a LOVE of reading to develop the habit of reading frequently and widely, for both enjoyment and information.
· CARE for literature through developing an appreciation for a rich variety of literature, text types and genres, and our rich literary heritage.
· THINK about words, phrases and sayings, and gain a wide vocabulary alongside an understanding of grammar and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
· LEARN to write clearly, coherently and accurately, adapting form, language and style for a range of contexts, audiences and purposes.
· DARE to be capable of confident discussion – expressing opinions, justifying preferences and elaborating and explaining their understanding and ideas. DARE to have the confidence and competency in the arts of speaking and listening – making presentations, participating in debates, demonstrating to others and listening actively.