English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.
At Clifton Primary School, the pupils have x5 English curriculum lessons a week. We follow a scheme called Wordsmith, which supports our teaching and learning. Through this scheme, pupils from Years 1-6 experience a variety of different texts, including; fiction, non-fiction and poetry, in doing this, they have the opportunity to read a whole book within class. They also learn to write a number of different text types, whether it be a story, set of instructions, journalistic piece or report writing.