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West Wycombe School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust





Our curriculum leads to confident, independent learners, who have a passion for learning and are adaptable to the needs of the world once they leave the school.


Our intent is to enable children to:


  • Develop the habit of creative writing for pleasure
  • Enjoy a wide range of writing styles and purposes
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage in Buckinghamshire
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • Develop a love of writing and to be able to express their thoughts and ideas clearly and creatively through the written word
  • Re-read, edit and improve their own writing
  • Confidently use the essential skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and clearly explain their understanding and ideas
  • Become competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in in class debates.


We ensure that our English teaching and learning provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. We use a wide variety of experiences, quality texts and resources to  inspire our children. All pupils receive a daily English lesson. Teachers also ensure that cross curricular links with concurrent topic work are woven into our programme of study discreetly.


  • Teachers create a positive writing culture in school, where writing is promoted, enjoyed and considered ‘a pleasure’ for all pupils
  • Promotion of writing through short burst writing
  • Age appropriate spellings sent home weekly for pupils to practise their words and to write a sentence containing each word at home. Tested each week
  • Pupils are being adventurous with vocabulary choices
  • Pupils to acquire strategies to enable them to become independent learners in English (and are taught spelling rules and patterns and how to tackle unfamiliar words when reading)
  • Pupils to discuss and to present their ideas to each other by talking, being able to elaborate and explain themselves clearly, make presentations and participate in debates
  • Vocabulary promoted through displays in class, all curriculum areas, enhancing and encouraging a wider use of vocabulary
  • Vocabulary mats to be used where needed and thesauruses and dictionaries which are easily accessible for pupils to use
  • Teaching a range of genres across the school (progressing in difficulty) both in English and other curriculum areas; resulting in pupils being exposed to, and knowledgeable about, literary styles, authors and genres. They can express preferences and give opinions, supported by evidence, about different texts


The impact and measure of this is to ensure children, not only acquire the appropriate age-related knowledge linked to the English curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.


Long term pupils will:


  • Be confident in the art of speaking and listening and to be able to use discussion to communicate and further their learning
  • Enjoy writing across a range of genres
  • To have a wide vocabulary and be adventurous with vocabulary choices within their writing
  • To have a good knowledge of how to adapt their writing based on the context and audience
  • To leave primary school being able to effectively apply spelling rules and patterns they have been taught
  • To make good and better progress from their starting points to achieve their full potential
  • Pupils of all abilities will succeed in all English lessons because work will be appropriately scaffolded

What does English look like at West Wycombe School?