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A Summary of English

Our Vision for English

By the end of their time at Christ Church our intention is that all children will be able to communicate articulately with their peers and adults in a variety of situations.

We aim for all children to be enthusiastic, confident, independent readers who are able to make accurate, creative, reflective and critical responses to challenging and varied texts.

We strive for them to be fluent writers who are able to communicate their ideas clearly in a variety of written forms and to a wide range of audiences.


At Christ Church our aim is for all children to:

• Display an exceptional talent for listening attentively so as to understand what is being said. 

• Have a rich and varied vocabulary that gives clarity and interest to conversations.

• Speak clearly so that can be easily understood by a range of audiences.

• Have an excellent grasp of the rules used in English conversation, such as tenses and the grammatical structure of sentences.

• Have a  highly developed ability to tell stories that capture the interest and imagination of the audience.

• Delight in initiating and joining in conversations.

• Respect for others when communicating, even when views differ.


We do this by ensuring that through our communication curriculum all children have the opportunity to:

• Engage in meaningful discussions in all areas of the curriculum.

• Listen to and learn a wide range of subject specific vocabulary.

• Through reading identify vocabulary that enriches and enlivens stories.

• Speak to small and larger audiences at frequent intervals.

• Practise and rehearse sentences and stories, gaining feedback on the overall effect and the use of standard English.

• Listen to and tell stories often so as to internalise the structure.

• Debate issues and formulate well-constructed points.



At Christ Church our aim is for all children to:

•Develop excellent phonic knowledge and skills.

• Read Fluency and accuracy across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.

• Know an extensive and rich vocabulary.

• Have excellent comprehension of texts.

• Have the motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.

• Display extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.


We do this by ensuring that through our reading curriculum all children have the opportunity to :

In Key Stage 1:

•Listen to traditional tales.
• Listen to a range of texts.
• Learn some poems by heart.
• Become familiar with a wide range of texts of different lengths.
• Discuss books.
• Build up a repertoire of poems to recite.
• Use the class and school libraries.
• Listen to short novels over time.

In Key Stage 2:

•Read and listen to a wide range of styles of text, including fairy stories, myths and
• Listen to and discuss a wide range of texts.
• Learn poetry by heart.
• Increase their familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths and legends,  traditional stories, modern fiction, classic British fiction and books from other cultures.
• Take part in conversations about books.
• Learn a wide range of poetry by heart.
• Use the school and community libraries.
• Look at classification systems.
• Look at books with a different alphabet to English.
• Read and listen to whole books.



At Christ Church our aim is for all children to:

• Write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics throughout the curriculum.
• Have a vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing.
• A wide and rich vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description.
• Structure and organise their writing well, which includes a variety of sentence structures.
•  Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat.
• A love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values.

We do this by ensuring that through our writing curriculum all children have the opportunity to:

In Key Stage 1:

In Narrative:

• Write stories set in places pupils have been.

• Write stories with imaginary settings.

         Write stories and plays that use the language of fairy tales and traditional tales.

Write stories that mimic significant authors.

• Write narrative diaries.


In Non Fiction:

•Write labels.

• Write lists.

• Write captions.

• Write instructions.

• Write recounts.

• Write glossaries.

• Present information.

• Write non-chronological reports.


And in Poetry:

•Write poems that use pattern, rhyme and description.

• Write nonsense and humorous poems and limericks.


In Key Stage 2:

In Narrative:

• Write stories set in places pupils have been.
• Write stories that contain mythical, legendary or historical characters or events.
• Write stories of adventure.
• Write stories of mystery and suspense.
• Write letters.
• Write plays.
• Write stories, letters, scripts and fictional biographies inspired by reading across the curriculum.


In Non Fiction:

•Write instructions.
• Write recounts.
• Write persuasively.
• Write explanations.
• Write non-chronological reports.
• Write biographies.
• Write in a journalistic style.
• Write arguments.
• Write formally.


And In Poetry:

•Learn by heart and perform a significant poem.
• Write haiku.
• Write cinquain.
• Write poems that convey an image (simile, word play, rhyme and metaphor).

Christ Church C of E Primary School,
Albert Street, Oldbury, B69 4DE
Tel: 0121 552 3625
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