Getting "hooked into books"... 

English is made up of: spoken language, reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, punctuation and grammar. At Rode Heath we believe in teaching English through studying a quality text which relates to our thematic curriculum. By teaching in this way, pupils have the opportunity to study a book in much greater detail than they otherwise would, and this in turn helps to develop higher order reading skills such as inference and deduction. Studying a quality text also gives pupils the opportunity to widen their vocabulary and to look at the different techniques that writer's use when writing for a target audience. Getting 'hooked into books' also fits well with our philosophy of promoting reading for pleasure.

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. The national curriculum for English aims to 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.





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Rode Heath Primary

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Mr Carl Leech
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Miss Hayley Scott

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