Literacy skills are essential for attainment in school and for fulfilling potential opportunities throughout life. Our English curriculum includes speaking and listening, reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and drama. We follow the National Curriculum for English. It 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 convention for reading, writing and spoken language; appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage; write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style 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.
We aim to provide our children with a clear purpose for all reading and, especially, for writing tasks. Whether it is a persuasive letter to the Head Teacher, an e-mail to an author or an article for a local newspaper about saving our crossing patrol, our pupils know why the quality of their writing matters; there will be a real audience for their work. Our classroom environments reflect our commitment to improve reading and writing. Children's work is displayed proudly, and there is a range of learning prompts to inspire and support all pupils. We want to encourage children to discover new texts, genres and authors, so our reading areas are inviting and well-resourced. The quality of the presentation of the work produced matters at Copthorne CE Junior School; children take pride in improving their handwriting and developing their fluency.
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