Literacy and English

The overarching aim for English at Woodlands Primary School is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word. We aim to develop and nurture in the children a 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
  • 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.


The National Curriculum requires that children are taught key skills and processes that are essential for writing. At Woodlands Primary School we want our children to be successful at each stage of the writing process:

· Planning

· Drafting and writing

· Evaluating and Editing

· Proof reading

· Reading aloud to others

As part of this process, children are given opportunities to write for real purposes and audiences. Pupils at Woodlands will have opportunities to apply and showcase their writing skills across the curriculum.

Reading at Woodlands involves two main elements – word recognition and language comprehension. We aim to teach every child to become a fluent reader by the end of KS1. We teach skills so that they can interpret and understand a text. We hope to inspire children to love literature and to use the crucial life skill of reading to access the rest of the curriculum and become lifelong learners.

Storytime At Woodlands

Click on the links below to listen to a story with your child.

The Darkest Dark 

Small Knight and George (Mr Barnes favourite!)

The Troll Swap (Rev Jackie reads a story with a burb!) 

The Scarecrow's Wedding

And Tango Makes Three

Goldilocks, A Cautionary Tale of Internet Uploads


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