English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

(National Curriculum 2014)


English is a fundamental and extremely creative part of the whole school curriculum at Castle, which develops pupils’ abilities to speak, listen, read and write for a wide range of purposes using language to learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings in an inspiring and purposeful way.


Our pupils are taught in a safe, secure and stimulating environment enabling them all to achieve their potential in the areas of English regardless of their ability, gender or ethnic background.




Early reading and phonics is taught daily through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. This aims to build on children's speaking and listening skills and to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills through a variety of games and activities.


Our school reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, which offers a wide range of texts suitable for all ages and abilities. This ensures pupils have every opportunity to access a range of genres, and to ultimately develop a confidence and love of reading for life.




At Castle we believe that good creative writers grow from confident readers who have an understanding of how language can be purposeful and imaginative. Technicalities of writing (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) are taught through text-based units of work, which often make cross-curricular links with science or history / geography work.


Handwriting is taught throughout the school, and is an integral part of the writing curriculum. Letter formation is taught daily in Reception, whilst a cursive style of writing is introduced in year 2. By the time children have reached key stage 2, handwriting is practised weekly, with the opportunity for pupils to gain a ‘pen licence’ once they can consistently use a fluent fully-cursive style of writing.


For further information please contact the school on 01782 433218 or email office@castle.staffs.sch.uk with your request.


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Castle Primary School and Nursery

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

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Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218

SEN Contact: Mrs Melanie Lord

SEN Email: melanielord@castleprimary.co.uk