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At Junction Farm 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
  • Reading
  • Writing.

Speaking and Listening

We aim that children will:

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


We aim that children will:

  • Read and write with confidence, fluency, understanding and for enjoyment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Develop the skill of silent reading
  • Develop imagination and critical awareness through reading the best examples of traditional and modern literature
  • Have experience of group, shared and individual reading.
  • Use reference materials (including ICT) with confidence and for a range of purposes.


We aim that children will:

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

Handwriting Style

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