At Covingham Park we believe that English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English teaches 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.
The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and English 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:
Covingham Park Primary School has adopted the National Curriculum programmes of study for English as a basis for our English curriculum. Every class in KS1 and KS2 have a daily hour of English. Discrete phonics and spelling is taught across a week. Additional time is also given to handwriting, individual reading, and listening to, and reading, stories and poems.
The reception class follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.