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St Paul's (Slade Green)

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St Paul’s (Slade Green) C of E Primary School

English Intent



At St. Paul’s (Slade Green) Church of England Primary School, the study and mastery of English is essential to all we do.  Appropriate skills and knowledge in English are key to all learning and it is through speaking, listening, reading and writing that children are empowered to interpret the world around them. Through our curriculum at St. Paul’s, children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively whether they are immersed in reading; composing written texts or engaging in meaningful conversation and expanding their vocabulary.


English is taught through carefully-selected learning quests which lend themselves to the children's interests and next steps. Care is taken to ensure that the context for learning is both stimulating and challenging enough to broaden our pupils’ experiences of language and text, while familiar enough to develop confidence. All elements of English, from early phonics to more complex grammar skills, are carefully planned for progression and interwoven through these learning quests.


Our curriculum prioritises early reading and allows children to develop and use adventurous, sophisticated vocabulary in both speech and written work. Children are encouraged to take risks with their language - using new vocabulary, techniques and structures.  The children at our school become readers through their exposure to rich and varied texts. Their passion is nurtured through opportunities to share books with their peers and with adults. Teachers at St. Paul’s foster a love of language and literature, whilst maximising the individual potential of each pupil. Our aim is for St. Paul’s children to leave our school as fluent, adept and motivated readers and writers who are learners for life.