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.
National curriculum in England, 2013
Literacy plays a significant role in both education and in society as a whole. People with advanced reading and writing skills have more opportunities within school and also professionally. Understanding language is an important part of this and helps all children access the curriculum.
Central to learning is creating a life-long love of reading and books. At Horspath Primary School, it is our belief that every child should be able to read for pleasure and to a high standard. We want to develop our children’s imagination to open up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious young minds. We also believe that every child should be given the tools to develop into an enthusiastic and confident reader both at home and at school. Reading improves language and vocabulary, inspires imagination and gives everyone the opportunity to develop and foster new interests.
The ability to communicate thoughts, ideas and understanding is essential to self-esteem and to becoming a contributing member of society. At Horspath, it is our belief that every child should be able to write to a high standard. Writing within primary school is a vital part of the curriculum as children will use writing in almost all of their subjects of the curriculum. It gives children a voice to share their ideas with the world. Considering the fundamental importance of writing in everyday life, we are driven by the need to develop each learner’s writing ability, thus enabling them to play a full part in society.