Benenden Church of England Primary School


The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy 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.

We ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding.  Our use of the Monster Phonics programme ensures that children have a strong grasp of phonics as soon as they start school.

  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.  Whole class reading further celebrates a passion for reading, modelling reading from a variety of texts as well as focussing on a variety of reading skills - from summarising, retrieval, inference to prediction.  Children also have the opportunity to engage with the Accelerated Reader programme from Year 2, which significantly enhances reading progression. 

  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.

  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. 

  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.