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Clerkenwell Parochial CofE Primary School

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Promoting English and literacy is at the heart of everything we do.


Our teachers develop pupil’s spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.


Our Aims

  • To help children become confident, accurate and versatile users of language, both spoken and written;
  • To teach pupils the skills, strategies and knowledge they need to take pleasure and meaning from language in all its forms;
  • To promote in pupils a love of literature.


Our Philosophy

We believe that language is at the centre of children’s learning.  In both spoken and written form, it is the tool for the communication of idea, the medium by which we think and the means through which we establish relationships.  Language is the gateway to other subjects and is learnt indirectly through all subjects as well as through direct teaching and learning during explicit literacy lessons.  We have high expectations of all children and regularly assess pupils’ literacy development in order to tailor work to the needs of both groups and individuals.


The staff are committed to promoting language development as one of the school’s main priorities. Every teacher promotes and supports progression of children’s talking, listening, reading, writing and thinking skills in a variety of meaningful contexts in all curricular areas.

Curriculum Overviews

Below you can look at overviews describing which high quality books each class will read and study at different points of the year - this ensures that pupils are exposed to books that will help to develop their understanding as well as their love of literature. The broad topic (the genre or text type) is identified in each case too.

To ensure that essential grammar, punctuation and spelling skills are introduced at the appropriate stage in each pupils' development, we have devised the following two documents.  If you are unsure of the meaning of any of the terms, the link below the two documents (for the National Curriculum) has a very helpful glossary of literacy terms on page 80.

You can read more about the content of the various class's literacy lessons by clicking on the links below which take you to the curriculum letters page for each class; these documents help to describe the type of activities that the pupils will engage in to develop their English skills and knowledge.

Read More About Our Approaches to Literacy and Phonics Teaching

Below you can read more about our literacy philosophy; our approach to phonics instruction; how we ensure that literacy and English skills are practised across the whole curriculum; and how we work with parents to ensure that pupils are reading regularly and happily at home.