Senior Management Team

At Barnwood we aim to develop pupils’ 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.

Key Stage One: During KS1 pupils learn to speak confidently and listen to what others say. Their interest and pleasure in reading is developed as they are taught to read independently and confidently. They learn to write narrative and non-fiction texts and to spell and punctuate their work correctly and to write clearly and neatly.

Key Stage Two: Pupils are taught to change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They read a wide range of materials which they are taught to analyse and discuss with others.

Speaking and Listening:

Pupils are taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. The learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication. They are taught to give well-structured descriptions and explanations and develop their understanding through speculating, hypothesising and exploring ideas. This will enable them to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing.


The main reading scheme includes Oxford Reading Tree books as well as a range of other publishers to provide a wide reading experience of fiction (including poetry) and non-fiction texts. From Year 2 onwards all pupils have weekly access to the well-resourced, computerised library, whilst all pupils are timetabled to work in the computer suite.

Guided Reading is an integral part of our English teaching and encourages a love of reading as well as teaching higher level reading skills.

The home/school partnership is greatly valued in our school and all pupils are encouraged to take reading books home for additional practice during the evening.


Pupils are taught to write down ideas fluently, that is, on spelling quickly and accurately through knowing the relationship between sounds and letters (phonics) and understanding the morphology (word structure) and orthography (spelling structure) of words. Effective composition involves forming, articulating and communicating ideas, and then organising them coherently for a reader. This requires clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. Writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting.

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