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English at YWJS

English Statement of Intent


Resilient          Respectful         Inspired       Curious


Readers, Writers and Speakers at Yeadon Westfield Junior School


We teach English at YWJS to empower children to be successful in every aspect of school life, by giving them the skills to read comprehensively, speak confidently and write creatively. We want our children to succeed in life and recognise that excellent language skills open the doors to great opportunities.

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.



The children at YWJS will have excellent comprehension and de-coding skills. As readers, they will be confident, fluent and expressive and will read a variety of texts allowing them to deepen their understanding of the world and connect with the books they are reading. We want to inspire our children to become life-long lovers of reading and make informed choices about the texts they read, while being curious about new authors and appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage. We want our children to be prepared and have the reading skills they need to be successful throughout their life.



When our children leave YWJS, they will write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their style and language in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Children will have the spelling, punctuation and grammar skills they need to be successful and resilient writers who can confidently express, elaborate and explain themselves in a variety of different genres.



Our children will be confident speakers and listeners, who can debate, present, question and clarify and have embedded oracy skills which allow them to contribute respectfully to discussion.