At St Nicholas Primary Academy English is at the heart of everything we do! We know that children need to be able to listen to learn to speak, that they need to speak before they can understand what they read and that they need to be able to read before they can write! Our aim therefore is to develop pupils’ knowledge and skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. We believe that such knowledge and skill is crucial to success across the curriculum, both in primary education and later life.
The study of English develops children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings. Children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.
At St Nicholas Primary Academy, we strive for children to be a ‘Primary Literate Pupil’.
Our objectives in the teaching of English are for a child to be able to: