“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai – Nobel Prize Laureate

The National Curriculum says: English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.

At Sutton-at-Hone Primary School we believe that Literacy skills are essential to accessing all areas of the curriculum and the wider world. Through the teaching of literacy pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literacy enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. It is a life skill; a prerequisite for all subjects.

The overarching aim for English in our school 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.

Our goal is to enable children to:

  • 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.

Ways to assist at home:

READ with your child, TALK to you child, DEBATE with your child, WRITE (letters, cards, stories, playscripts, stories, projects, lists) with your child.


The more that you READ, the more THINGS you will KNOW. The MORE you LEARN, the more PLACES you’ll GO!”

Dr. Seuss