Literacy

Children's Literacy

Purpose of study

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in 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. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop
culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a
key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and
to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating
fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write
fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.


 Aims

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of
language and literacy by equipping 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 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.