At Unsworth we believe that the study of English develops children’s abilities to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of audiences and purposes. Using language helps children to learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings. It enables children 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. Through our English curriculum children will gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins, whilst also using their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.

 At our school the intent of our English is:

  • To enable children to speak clearly and audibly in ways which take account of their listeners
  • To encourage children to listen with concentration in order to be able to identify the main points of what they have heard
  • To enable children to adapt their speech to a wide range of circumstances and demands
  • To develop children’s abilities to reflect on their own and others contributions and the language used.
  • To enable children to evaluate their own and others contributions through a range of differentiated activities
  • To develop confident, independent readers through an appropriate focus on word sentence and text level knowledge
  • To encourage children to become enthusiastic and reflective readers through contact with challenging and lengthy texts
  • To help children enjoy writing and recognise its value
  • To enable children to write with accuracy and meaning in narrative and non-fiction
  • To increase children’s ability to use planning, drafting and editing to improve their work.

To find out specific details about how we approach Phonics, Spelling, Reading and Writing, click on each aspect for a detailed overview.