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English at Fairford Academy Barnehurst



For children to be able to:

  • read, write, spell and speak at age-appropriate levels and following age-related expectations;  
  • be exposed to a variety of literature, genres and authors;
  •  write for a variety of purposes and audiences; clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style as required;
  • be confident when writing and read easily, fluently and with good understanding;
  • develop an understanding of grammar and punctuation and to acquire a wide vocabulary and to use these appropriately;
  • develop a love of reading for pleasure, as well as for information, by reading widely and often;
  • enter into discussion and to present their ideas to each other by talking, being able to elaborate and explain themselves clearly;
  • take pride in their writing, to use Letter-Join and present their work to a high standard.



  • Create a positive reading and writing culture in school, where both are promoted, enjoyed and considered a pleasure for all children.
  • The Power of Reading Books to be used for cross-circular links in reading and writing.
  • Children in EYFS and KS1 to have daily phonics sessions, following Letters and Sounds.
  • Whole class reading to take place daily throughout the school to promote a love for reading.
  • All children to have Reading Records, take reading books home frequently and read regularly at home.
  • Children to be encouraged to read for pleasure through extra curricular reading opportunities, such as Book Week, Book Fairs and author visits.
  • Reading Ambassadors support and read with different year groups during lunch time sessions.
  • Language rich learning environments
  • A range of different writing styles through cross-curricular links.
  • Grammar and Punctuation to be taught alongside each topic.
  • Opportunities for pupils to be read to.
  • Displays of writing to encourage pride in work, give a purpose and audience and to show that work is valued.



  • Children enjoy reading regularly, for information, pleasure and can discuss their favourite texts. They can express preferences and give opinions, supported by evidence, about different texts.
  • Children can write using features of different genres, styles, purpose and audience.
  • Children are more adventurous with vocabulary choices.
  • Children’s presentation is of a high standard through following the school’s handwriting policy and the Letter-Join scheme.
  • Children take ownership of their spelling, grammar and punctuation.




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Fairford Academy Barnehurst,

Fairford Avenue, Bexleyheath, DA7 6QP

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