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Language and Literacy

At St Clement’s we develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for children, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.

Children are taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication. They are taught to give well-structured descriptions and explanations and develop their understanding through exploring ideas. This enables them to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing.


Vocabulary development


Children’s command of vocabulary is key to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum. Teachers, therefore, develop vocabulary actively, building systematically on children’s current knowledge. They increase pupils’ store of words in general; simultaneously, they teach children to make links between known and new vocabulary and discuss the shades of meaning in similar words. In this way, children expand the vocabulary choices that are available to them when they write.  We take care to ensure that children are conversant with the language which defines each subject in its own right, such as accurate mathematical and scientific language. With the support of pictures and widgits we can ensure all children are immersed in a vocabulary rich environment to support both their reading and writing ability at every level



At St Clement’s Primary School we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. Our curriculum is built around quality fiction, and non-fiction texts. By increasing the amount of reading throughout the day, pupils develop a wider vocabulary and deeper knowledge of the world around them.

Research has shown that a students’ background knowledge is the strongest factor that develops comprehension ability. We believe that alongside phonics, wide opportunities for reading comprehension provides the foundations to develop a passion and love for reading. This is conducted through whole class reading on a daily basis. In addition, children get the opportunity to listen to their teachers read to them on a daily basis. By the end of year 6, pupils will have read a wide range of texts, with a wide range of structures and diverse language which continues to develop their passion for reading to take through to their future.

We continue to develop this love of reading at home by engaging parents through our reading competitions, in class sessions, reading breakfasts as well as by setting role models in our Year 6 Reading Ambassadors. All events continue to be successful and further develop our relationship with our families, as we work collaboratively to create passionate readers.


At St Clement’s Primary School, each writing sequence is supported by a high quality text, alongside other supplementary texts using the Talk4Writing approach. Children love to read, listen to and explore these texts to not only develop their reading ability but purpose for writing. Through progressive writing sequences, we develop the children’s specific skills, allowing the children to apply them in a variety of writing contexts. Children develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They are also taught the correct use of grammar. Research demonstrates that writing for a real purpose inspires children to love the writing process as well as value it as a form of communication. Children within our school therefore get the opportunities to write letters to different audiences, speak to real authors to ask questions and even persuade audiences for a specific purpose. We encourage writing for purpose across all foundation subjects and regularly receive responses which further inspire our children.

St Clement's KS2 Recommended Reading Texts

Handwriting Information

English in Action