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Croftlands Junior School


English Intent:

‘One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world’ – Malala Yousafzai.


We have created a curriculum which is bespoke to Croftlands Junior School children and encourages them to become enthusiastic and engaged with English. We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Speaking & Listening, Reading, Writing & Vocabulary. Pupils will be 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. We are committed to providing rich and varied opportunities for children to become literate pupils. Through our English Curriculum, we strive to teach the children how important their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills will be in the real world. By giving this context to their learning, the children understand the value of English to them now, and in their futures. We plan our texts carefully to ensure we widen the children’s knowledge of the world around them and we integrate our values to ensure we further nurture the children’s: compassion, creativity, curiosity, kindness, resilience and respect.

Our Text -Based Curriculum Coverage

Reading Project

Along with 13 other schools within our cluster, Furness Primary Collaborative, we have embarked on a significant reading project to improve reading outcomes across all 14 schools. It is widely recognised that reading skills increase pupils' life chances. As a collaborative, we want to significantly raise standards in reading across Furness. In the first instance, this is focused on phonics and reading for pleasure.

This project is being supported by a local business, Orcina Ltd, and is allowing us to invest significantly in quality reading resources and quality CPD. This project is expected to run for three years from 2022 - 2024.

We have purchased the Oxford University Press Floppy Phonics Teaching scheme to help us provide rigorous phonics intervention support to those children who need it.