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Our Vision for English

In English, high levels of achievement, creativity and positivity are expected of all adults and all children in our school.


At Willingdon Primary School we strive to create a community of exceptional speakers, readers and writers by making the spoken word, reading and writing, irresistible for our pupils. We teach and encourage our 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.


Through reading in particular; pupils at Willingdon will develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We believe that inspiring and quality literature, English enrichment activities and first-class teaching, play a unique and key role in these developments and will allow our children to achieve at the very highest levels.



At Willingdon Primary School we strive to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping all pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.


The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding; they should develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary and an understanding of grammar 
  • 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 and be competent in speaking and listening


English Planning

Please download the document below for the full Scheme of Work planned for this academic year in English across each year group, and the form used to plan the English learning. 


In Reception and KS1 we utlise the following teaching resources:

  • Phonics - 'Letters & Sounds', 'Phonics Play' and 'Jolly Phonics'
  • Reading - 'Oxford Reading Tree', 'Snapdragons', 'Tree-Tops', 'Sails' and 'Big Cats'
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