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Our Ethos


English. (Reading and Writing)


We believe that English has a special place in education and society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.

Our aim for English at Stonebow is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate


How we do it at Stonebow
Our English curriculum is based on the outcomes set out in the National Curriculum Programme of Study for English. Writing happens in all areas of the curriculum, weaving in and out of every subject from EYFS to year 6. We provide opportunities for children to become confident and fluent writers, who can transfer their writing skills across all curriculum areas. Writing across the curriculum is a time for children to be imaginative and creative; drawing on their own experiences and from what they have read. Children apply their skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar to all pieces of writing. Our reading curriculum builds on our approach to early reading and phonics and is structured using VIPERS domains – Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval and Sequence or Summarise.

Read more about our approach to ‘Early reading and phonics’ with links on the left.