At Farne Primary School, our commitment to the English curriculum is driven by our unwavering belief in the power of language, literature, and communication. We are dedicated to nurturing a lifelong love of reading for pleasure, and we understand that this love is a cornerstone of a child's education and personal growth. By empowering our students to read fluently and widely, not merely as a means of acquiring information but also, as a source of genuine pleasure. Our school's core ethos, encapsulated in our motto "Bring out your Brilliance," is based on inclusivity and individuality; the idea that everyone can be a writer, regardless of their background or abilities. We inspire our children to write with clarity, precision, and coherence, encouraging them to adapt their language and style for different contexts, purposes, and audiences. Throughout their journey at our school, children will acquire an extensive vocabulary, a firm grasp of grammar, and the ability to spell new words by confidently applying spelling patterns and rules. Our inclusive culture of learning ensures that every child is supported on their path to continuous improvement as writers and given the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.
We encourage them to form opinions, express preferences and engage in meaningful discussions about texts they encounter. Through a diverse and high-quality selection of text types, genres and authors, we enable children to make informed choices about their reading preferences. We aim to cultivate a profound love of reading, equipping children with a wide-ranging knowledge of authors and a deeper understanding of the world around them, gleaned from the pages of the books they explore. Through the exploration of diverse texts, we provide our students with a window into other cultures, traditions and perspectives from around the world. This exposure allows them to see the common threads that connect us all as human beings, regardless of our differences.
Our curriculum serves as a key that unlocks doors to new knowledge and experiences. By introducing our students to a wide array of texts, genres, and cultures, we transport them to different times and places, broadening their horizons, preparing them to be open-minded, adaptable, and equipped with the communication skills needed to engage with a globalised world. Together, we explore a multitude of possible worlds and futures. They are exposed to a range of career paths, life experiences and personal journeys through the characters and narratives they encounter. By reading about characters who face challenges and make choices, students learn to empathise, make informed decisions and envision their own potential futures.
Our curriculum aims to evoke children’s natural intrigue and inquisitiveness, encouraging them to follow lines of enquiry and to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. It is important for children to develop their evaluative skills when looking at primary and secondary sources, considering their reliability.
To see our skills progression documents for reading and writing, follow the links below.