At Hartburn Primary School we recognise the importance of language in the social, emotional and intellectual development of children. We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of speaking and listening, reading and writing. Pupils will be given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced curriculum. Opportunities will be given to consolidate and practise ‘taught‘ Literacy skills in cross curricular activities.

Children enter school with varying levels of language skills. We extend and develop these skills providing them with a variety of rich, language experiences. We recognise the need for differentiation and progression in the tasks we set in order to enable each child to develop its potential to the highest degree possible.

All literacy teaching will contribute to skill development in the following areas:

Speaking and Listening

We aim that children will:

  • Think critically and logically.
  • Learn to use the vocabulary and grammar of standard English.
  • Adapt their speech to a widening range of purposes and audiences.
  • Express and justify their feelings and opinions with increasing clarity and effectiveness and respect the opinions of others.
  • Develop skills of oracy giving the children confidence and understanding, equipping them for work and leisure.
  • Order thoughts and express them clearly.


We aim that children will:

  • Read and write with confidence, fluency, understanding and for enjoyment.
  • Use reference materials (including ICT) with confidence and for a range of purposes.
  • Have experience of group, shared and individual reading.
  • Develop imagination and critical awareness through reading the best examples of traditional and modern literature.
  • Develop the skill of silent reading.
  • Have an interest in books and read for enjoyment, to gather information or as a tool for providing them with a wealth of texts and story patterns for their own writing.
  • Be able to use a full range of reading strategies e.g. phonics, word recognition, graphic knowledge, picture and context clues and higher order reading skills.


We aim that children will:

  • Develop a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms and have an interest in words and their meanings.
  • To develop a fluid and well formed handwriting style.
  • Have knowledge of the work of a range of authors, poets and playwrights.
  • Write extended pieces of text.
  • Produce independent pieces of writing using correct punctuation and sentence construction.
  • Have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.
  • Be developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
  • Understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation.

Please see individual year group pages for reading and writing overviews.

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