Ashbourne Hilltop
Primary and Nursery School

with ERS Provision

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Literacy unites the important skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.  The study of literacy develops children's ability to read, write, speak and listen for a wide range of purposes, including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings.  Children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories and poetry, as well as of non-fiction and media texts.  They gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins.  Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking, reading and writing across the curriculum through a range of different situations and in their everyday life.


Statutory Requirements

Statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of English are laid out in the National Curriculum in England: English Programmes of Study - Key Stages 1 and 2 (2014) and in the Communication and Language and Literacy sections of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2012).


In the Foundation Stage (Reception) children are given opportunities to:

  • speak and listen and represent ideas in their activities;
  • use communication, language and literacy in every part of the curriculum;
  • become immersed in an environment rich in print and opportunities to communicate.


At Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

  • children learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say;
  • they learn to read and write independently and with enthusiasm;
  • they learn to use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds.


At Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)

  • children learn to change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences;
  • they read a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetic texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them;
  • they explore the use of language in literacy and non-literacy texts and learn how the structure of language works (using grammatical terminology).