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The Curriculum Intent for English /Literacy can be summarised in these ways:

  • English/Literacy is the foundation of our curriculum. Our main aim is to ensure that every child progresses in the areas of reading, writing, and speaking and listening.
  • Prioritise language and communication development  n the EYFS as we believe that language provides the foundation for thinking and learning (Research from EEF 2019 and Reading Framework from DFE 2021)
  • Reading and phonics are a  key focus in school to ensure that children can access all areas of the curriculum
  • English/Literacy at St James’ CE Infant and Nursery School is not taught as a discrete subject, but is a cornerstone to our whole curriculum. It is embedded in all of our lessons and we strive  for a high level of English/Literacy for all  of our pupils.
  • Our pupils will be exposed to a variety of literacy, genres and authors , providing them with a love of the subject and inspiring them to be independent learners
  • Promote a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of  contexts.
  •  Develop a love of  reading for pleasure; allowing them to be confident in forming their own opinions about authors and  text types (Research from Professor Teresa Cremin - Open University)
  • Have a language rich environment that encourages pupils to use a wide variety of vocabulary and develop their speaking and listening skills through drama, public speaking and performing etc.
  •  Use high quality targeted support for any pupils who are  struggling in a specific area
  •  A learner-centred teaching approach. Use of DRICE to ensure learners deepen thinking, learning is role modelled appropriately, pupils are challenged and engaged.
  • Using our approach to Building Learning Power, we will explore opportunities to collaborate, question, revise and persevere during our English lessons. 


Our English Subject Leader is Miss Stephanie Sapsed.