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“So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away. And in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall.”   
(Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)


At Longstone CofE (VA) Primary School, our overall aim is to nurture children’s English skills, so they become proficient readers, writers, spellers and speakers, who can transfer their English skills to other curriculum subjects and who are prepared for the next steps in their education and beyond.

  • We enable our pupils to shine as members of society by providing them with purposeful opportunities to confidently communicate with others through writing and discussion, as well as encouraging pupils to showcase their individual flair.
  • We aim to ignite our children’s appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage, as well as grow a lifelong love of reading through developing their fluency and comprehension.
  • Furthermore, we ensure progressive high standards of language and literacy are weaved across the curriculum and strengthened through daily English lessons. 


Our English Curriculum encompasses the National Curriculum objectives. We bring reading, writing and speaking together, along with spelling and handwriting and deliver them through a topic approach which are used as a springboard to engage and inspire our pupils to converse, read and write. Use the buttons below to find out more about the separate areas of our English curriculum. We believe that making writing and reading purposeful for our pupils is vital in fostering their love of English.


Children leave Longstone C E Primary School as happy, confident learners who have developed a love of reading and writing with the key skills and knowledge necessary for the next stage of their learning.  They have high aspirations and are confident in the art of speaking and listening, able to successfully use discussion to communicate and further their learning.
Children will:

  • Pupils use a wide range of vocabulary in their writing and spoken language.
  • Pupils enjoy reading and writing across a range of genres.
  • Pupils enjoy reading regularly, for information and for enjoyment.
  • Pupils discuss books with excitement and interest.
  • Pupils enjoy writing and use the features of different genres and styles.
  • Pupils can confidently write for different purposes and audiences.
  • Pupils have a wide vocabulary that they use within their writing.
  • Pupils have a good knowledge of how to adapt their writing based on the context and audience.
  • Pupils leave primary school being able to effectively apply spelling rules and patterns they have been taught.
  • Parents and carers will have a good understanding of how they can support pupils’ English development at home.
  • The % of pupils working at ARE within each year group will be at least in line with national averages.
  • The % of pupils working at Greater Depth within each year group will be at least in line with national averages.
  • There will be no significant gaps in the progress of different groups of pupils (e.g. disadvantaged vs non-disadvantaged).