At Nether Alderley Primary School we recognise the crucial importance of studying the English language. We believe that our English curriculum enables our pupils to lead a fulfilling life by teaching them to communicate effectively through the spoken and written word. In order to access the wider curriculum, pupils need the essentials skills of being able to: listen, speak, read and write. Through the development of these skills pupils are able to express their ideas, thoughts and feelings and to develop a love of learning. We aim to instil a lifelong love of reading which will develop empathy, cultural, emotional and intellectual awareness in order that our pupils will participate fully in the world around them.

The aims of teaching English are to ensure all pupils:

• write like a reader and read like a writer

• become independent readers who read easily, fluently and with good understanding

• develop the habit of reading widely and often for both pleasure and information

• appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

• acquire a wide vocabulary and a good understanding of grammar, punctuation and spelling

• write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

• can improve their written work through planning, drafting and editing

• are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate and discussion

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Nether Alderley Primary School, Bradford Lane, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield SK10 4TR