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English at Pendle

Subject Leader: Katy Markham

At Pendle we:


  • Provide an environment in which the individual can develop self-esteem through personal achievement in a wide range of activities
  • Provide opportunities to encourage the individual’s growing awareness of their own competence
  • Provide a secure and stable community in which each individual shows concern and respect for all
  • Foster the acceptance of individual responsibility for work and behaviour
  • Offer a broad and balanced curriculum within which the individual may progress



In this way, we strive to provide our children with a curriculum which motivates, excites and inspires them, equipping them with the skills they will need throughout their lives in the 21st century.

We develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Speaking & Listening, Reading & Writing.  Pupils are given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced approach to the teaching of English across the curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills.


At Pendle Primary School we strive for children to be a ‘Primary Literate Pupil’ and be ready for the next stage of their education and beyond.


We aim for a child to be able to:


  • read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct.
  • have an interest in books and read for enjoyment.
  • have an interest in words, their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
  • understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation.
  • develop the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness. 
  • have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.


We enhance English at Pendle by providing exciting opportunities to embed English throughout the curriculum, ensuring that children have the opportunity to use reading and writing skills appropriate to their year group expectations.

We endeavour to revisit and revise prior knowledge of grammar through a range of fun, engaging, quick fire games, which includes opportunities to use outdoor learning to engage and embed knowledge and understanding.

We are a reading school, we actively celebrate a love of books, we encourage children to discuss and share what they have been reading, this is enhanced by all adults in school sharing and promoting their love of reading.

We celebrate World Book day, which is always a highlight in the school year, children talk enthusiastically about coming to school dress as their favourite character and coming to school in their pyjamas for our bedtime stories theme to World Book Day.

We are currently developing our school library to provide opportunities for children to widen their reading horizons and intend for the library to become a reading hub for our school.