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English Intent:

At St Martha’s, we believe that our English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading and inspire a curiosity about language. In recognition of the fundamental importance of good reading, writing and oracy skills in determining the future success of all pupils, English and literacy are at the heart of our curriculum.


We hope that all our pupils will grow to love reading. In order to achieve this, we ensure that every child is read to by their teacher every day. We immerse our pupils in a variety of high quality texts, talk to them regularly about what they are reading, and guide them in finding books they will enjoy. This daily work is supplemented by special days and events, including: World Book Day, an annual sponsored read event, relax and read evenings, book swaps, mixed age reading buddies and visits to the local public library.


We aim for all our pupils to be able to communicate effectively in English, including those who speak English as an additional language and those with SEND. In order to achieve this, reading, writing and oracy are embedded throughout our curriculum. We hope to promote a positive attitude towards writing, and provide regular opportunities for pupils to write for a range of purposes and audiences. We provide high-quality models to assist children with their writing, and ensure they can independently plan, revise and evaluate their work. 


A systematic approach is taken to teach spelling, with a strong emphasis on understanding spelling rules and being able to use a dictionary to assist with spelling.


Handwriting is regularly taught and practised to ensure fluency and legibility, as well as a high standard of presentation across all learning.