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Overall English Intent
Here at Holy Souls, we strive to ensure that all of our learners develop a love of literature, resulting in a growth of confidence and independence in communicating within the world through all realms of reading, writing and discussion. We intend to nurture and encourage this development through a wide range of experiences for our children to achieve their full potential and aspirations for the future. We are committed to provide a knowledge-based curriculum which follows a clear pathway for progression as they advance through each stage of their education with English skills driving this forward. Our Holy Souls family believe this is crucial in giving our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.

The National Curriculum aims to:
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 language, 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

Phonics at Holy Souls
Our pupils learn to read and write effectively and quickly using the Read Write Inc. phonics programme. The programme is implemented from Reception to Year 2 and used as an additional resource for Year 3 and 4 pupils who need additional support and intervention.