Cliffe VC Primary School’s English Policy is based on the following principles: 

  • The ability to effectively verbally communicate, read and write are fundamental to many aspects of life.
  • These skills are central to securing general progress and developing an understanding in a wide range of areas of the curriculum.
  • The teaching of all aspects of English are to be given a high priority by all staff.
  • Success in English is crucial in developing children’s self-confidence, motivation to learning, later life chances and quality of life in general.
  • The ability to effectively verbally communicate, read and write enables pupils to communicate their own thoughts and ideas and potentially communicate with people around the world.


Through the effective implementation of this policy we aim to enable all pupils to:

  • Develop our pupil’s ability to communicate effectively in speech and writing, and to listen with understanding.
  • Succeed Enable all pupils to succeed in education, employment, participate fully in society and promote mental wellbeing.
  • Develop children into enthusiastic, fluent and responsive readers and writers who can learn and gain pleasure from producing and reading the written word.
  • Provide pupils with opportunities to interrelate, consolidate and reinforce English skills within a broad and balanced curriculum.
  •  Explore and communicate British Values.
  •  Enable children to communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.


Our work within the English Curriculum at Cliffe VC School is based upon the intent that when children leave our setting they will be able to:

  • Achieve their full potential in all aspects of English.
  • Read and write with confidence, fluency, understanding and enjoyment, demonstrating a     range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct.
  • Develop their oral and listening skills through drama, assemblies and other structured  activities.
  • Have an interest in texts and read for enjoyment, as well as understand a range of text  types and genres.
  • Be able to write accurately, and in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to different  audiences and purpose.
  • Develop a broad vocabulary, with depth of understanding to articulate and elaborate their oral and written responses clearly, and to acquire the skills to continue to develop their lexicon.
  • Appreciate British literary heritage after experiencing different historical authors of fiction.
  • Confidently communicate ideas and knowledge through formal presentations, informal dialogue, debate and demonstrations with and to others.
The full policy can be found below :
It should be read alongside our Reading Policy :