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Subject Leader: Mr Richardson

Our English Subject Definitions


The use of English is the foundation of all learning. It is the medium of communication and the successful understanding and use of the English language is a prerequisite for educational progress. It empowers the learner and is essential for independent learning and most aspects of every day life. The acquisition and use of English is an integral part of the learning process and begins long before children come to school and emphasis should be placed on continuing this learning in school.

It is our aim that children from Matchborough First School Academy use and apply their literacy skills confidently and competently in their learning and in everyday contexts. They convey ideas and opinions clearly, and respond creatively and critically to a wide range of information and ideas.

  • To meet the requirements of the Primary National Curriculum, programmes of study and the Early Learning Goals in Foundation Stage, through full use of the Primary Curriculum and The Early Years Curriculum.
  • To provide a broad and balanced curriculum, that is relevant, challenging and enjoyable for all children.
  • To foster positive attitudes to Literacy, developing enjoyment, fascination and curiosity for the subject.
  • To be able to read, write, speak and listen with confidence, fluency and understanding.
  • To develop oral and written and practical skills.
  • To develop critical, logical, independent and flexible thinking.
  • To encourage children to become independent and cooperative learners, who are able to communicate with others.
  • To have an interest in books and read for enjoyment.
  • To provide opportunities for children to work as individuals and cooperatively with others.
  • To build self confidence.
  • To provide equality of opportunity, regardless of race, gender or ability.


Children will learn how to:

  • Listen attentively, talk clearly and confidently about their thoughts, opinions and ideas, listening carefully to others so that they can refine their thinking and express themselves effectively.
  • Read accurately and fluently to comprehend and critically respond to texts of all kinds, on paper and on screen, in order to access ideas and information.
  • Write, present and broadcast a range of ideas, in a wide variety of forms and with awareness of different audiences and purposes; communicate these ideas with accuracy on paper, on screen and through multimodal texts.


Speaking and Listening

Through Speaking and Listening activities children will;

  • Think critically and logically.
  • Order their thoughts and express them clearly.
  • Develop skills of oracy giving the children confidence and understanding, equipping them for work and leisure.
  • Express and justify their feelings and opinions with increasing clarity and effectiveness and respect the opinion of others.
  • Communicate with ease in a variety of circumstances for different audiences and purposes.



In Reading children will;

  • Have an interest in books and read for enjoyment.
  • Read with fluency and understanding.
  • Be able to use a full range of reading strategies e.g. segmenting and blending, sight word recognition, graphic knowledge, picture and context cues.
  • Develop imagination and critical awareness, through reading experiences.
  • Develop the skill of silent reading.
  • Have experience of group, shared and individual reading.



In Writing children will;

  • Have interest in words and their meanings.
  • Understand a range of text types and genres - be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation.
  • Develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
  • Have suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.
  • Produce independent pieces of writing using correct punctuation and sentence construction.
  • Write a variety extended pieces of text.
  • Have the knowledge of the work of a range of authors, poets and playwrights.
  • Develop a fluid and well formed handwriting style.



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