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Statement of Intent

Imagine – Children are encouraged to use their imagination when speaking, reading and writing. Through exposure to a diverse vocabulary and a range of quality texts they will develop an ability to imagine and explore ideas. Their imagination will be fed through a treasure house of wonder and joy represented through varied books and presented to them through speaking, reading and writing.

Kind – Children are encouraged to observe, acknowledge and represent kindness within the books they read and their writing. They are taught to consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others. Our children will learn to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Through literature they will acquire knowledge of the world and build on what they already know. They will be taught to speak and write fluently, being able to communicate their ideas and emotions to the listener.

Challenge – Our children will be challenged to explore a range of literature through many different mediums. They will participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play and debates. They will be equipped with a strong command of spoken and written language, being challenged to use new and interesting vocabulary and punctuation. They will be challenged to write clearly, accurately and coherently adapting their language and style for a range of audiences and contexts. They will be challenged to read and analyse texts, developing comprehension skills that will allow them to delve into literature and develop high quality discussion and opinions on a range of writing. They will be challenged to ensure by the end of their primary education they can read fluently and with confidence in any subject.


Responsible – Our children will be responsible for maintaining attention and participating actively in conversations about reading and writing. They will be responsible for their learning through a curious and inquisitive approach. They will ask questions, and delve into texts showing a deeper understanding. They will develop ways of understanding the meaning s of new vocabulary and be responsible for using this in their own writing and speaking.

Reflective – Our children will reflect on their own speaking, reading and writing, They will learn the skills to allow them to plan, revise and evaluate their own ideas shown through presentations, debates, and writing. They will listen carefully reflecting and responding appropriately to peers and adults. They will reflect on the books they have read and develop their own opinions and understanding of the authors intentions, elaborating and explaining clearly their understanding and ideas.

Care – Our children will show particular care towards their reading and writing. They will take care to apply their phonics knowledge to their writing, showing skill in recognising sounds and letters, word construction and spelling rules.  They will take care to organise their ideas before speaking and writing, developing strategies to plan and communicate to the listener. They will take care of their presentation and form letters correctly and fluently ensuring their writing is legible and of high quality presentation.


A rich and diverse range of quality texts

At Willingdon we believe books and quality texts are at the heart of all our learning. We take pride in ensuring the children have access and learning opportunities to a rich and diverse range of quality texts. These texts underpin the children’s development of language, reading and writing. As teachers we use them to plan exciting and informative reading and writing lessons and they also support other curriculum areas.

The mind is like a ‘tardis’; it may seem small but inside there are many mansions. Each great book develops the imagination and equips the reader with language.” (Pie Corbett)

See below our list of quality texts for each year group and term, by the end of year 6 a Willingdon child would have been exposed to a minimum of 4 quality and challenging texts a term. This equates to over 160 books in the first 11 years of their life.

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