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Phonics, Reading and Writing

English Curriculum Intent Statement 


At Faringdon Infant School, we believe that our English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. Our curriculum is built around early language acquisition and supporting our young learners to have the vocabulary they need to access the curriculum and to communicate effectively,  

We seek to develop children’s love of reading through exposure to quality texts and offering rich and varied experiences of being read with, read to and reading for themselves. We are committed to a rigorous programme of phonics teaching which allows children to develop their skills in decoding text and using phonic knowledge to communicate their ideas in writing.  

We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children have positive attitudes to writing, inspired by interesting starting points, high quality models for writing and giving purpose where possible. We aim for children to take pride in recording their ideas, write clearly and with developing accuracy. 

We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and who can use discussion to communicate and further their learning. We firmly believe that a secure foundation of early literacy development is crucial to a high quality education across the curriculum and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society. 

Our English curriculum supports and reinforces personal development through the characteristics of effective learning and our learning muscles; willingness to have a go like Mo the Cheetah, resilience and perseverance like Raj the Robot, willingness to improve and edit, like George the Giant, imagination and creativity in composition like Daisy Dinosaur, concentration and stamina like Olga Owl.  



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