At Rusper Primary School our English curriculum provides purposeful and progressive learning experiences within the National Curriculum and binds them together with rich opportunities and strong recurring concepts to create a memorable Tapestry of Knowledge for all. Inclusivity is at the heart of our ethos and our English curriculum is planned with the child at the centre.

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. At Rusper Primary School we believe that the development of language and the ability to communicate clearly and with confidence is central to all learning. By taking account of the social, cultural and geographical demographics of our local community context to establish the needs of our pupils, we know that oracy needs to be a key component of the Rusper English curriculum. Our key drivers will therefore be synthetic phonics, reading and vocabulary. But also in line with the National Curriculum for English we will ensure that all pupils:

• read easily, fluently and with good understanding
• develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
• acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of
linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
• appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
• 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