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Alexandra Primary School

English

Why is English important?

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 in all subjects across the curriculum at Alexandra.

At Alexandra Primary School we strive for excellence in English throughout the whole school, with the expectation that all children will achieve their very best.  Each year-group experiences a curriculum that is aimed to excite and inspire the children, giving them opportunities to develop their understanding of spoken and written language and a love of reading in a range of contexts.  

Children at Alexandra Primary School are:

  • Encouraged to develop a love of reading and of reading for pleasure across the curriculum.
  • Given opportunities to write for pleasure, be creative and explore their own ideas.
  • Taught how to read and write with fluency, understanding and confidence and develop a range of independent strategies that enable them to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Immersed in a language rich environment, where they are encouraged to develop their expanding vocabulary and the confidence, desire and ability to express their views and opinions.
  • Able to experience a wide variety of texts, genres and types of media across the curriculum.
  • Taught how to write in a variety of styles and apply grammatical terminology in their writing in order to promote fluent composition.

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