'When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.'
James Earl Jones
At Christ Church Primary School, we aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word. We believe that developing a love of our language in our children is vital in achieving success at school and later in life. As a school, we use discussion in order to help children become confident, eloquent learners; children should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas. It is also important that children are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
We believe that reading is a vital life skill and aim for every child to develop a love of reading. As a school, we strive to ensure that pupils read fluently and with good understanding, and that they develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information. Children should acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language. We encourage children to appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
At school, we teach children to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. We aim for children to be independent writers and encourage them to write with confidence in any given genre. We teach them to use punctuation and grammar accurately, to be able to proofread their own work and to make amendments and improvements.
We believe in an engaging and cohesive English curriculum that gives pupils the best possible opportunities to become confident, literate, successful members of society; with a deep love and understanding of English language and literature.