English Statement of Intent
At Howitt Primary Community School, we strongly believe that a quality English curriculum will develop pupils’ love of reading, writing and discussion.
It is our intent that the children who enter our Early Years develop physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally whilst embedding a positive attitude to school and learning.
Through speaking and listening, reading and writing pupils develop their power of imagination, inventiveness and awareness of the world. By helping them to gain a secure understanding of English, we are empowering our pupils to communicate effectively and imaginatively, share their emotions and allow them to engage with others in school and the wider society.
Our intention is to support pupils to become lifelong readers who have enquiring minds and are confident, independent learners.
Through stories, children encounter vocabulary that they are unlikely to hear in everyday conversation but will come across in writing, once they can read for themselves.
The reading framework: Teaching the foundations of literacy July 2021
(Department for Education)
Pupils are given books to take home and read with their parents or other adults. We recommend reading with your child at least 3 times a week for approximately 10 to 15 minutes each time. Remember, this doesn’t always have to be their school reading book, it could be a book that they own from home. Whenever a child reads to an adult, please record it in their reading record as they gain rewards for reading at home. They receive a reward after 10, 30, 60 and 100 reads at home.