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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.




Summer Term 2021 - Year 4I - Debating

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Class 4I have been honing up their debating skills. An (invented) scheme was put to them that a fast-food outlet wanted to build a 200 seater restaurant and takeaway on Nunroyd Park. The pupils looked at the positive and negative aspects of this scheme, and then held a class debate.

Summer Term 2021 - Year 6 Adventure Writing

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After reading Robinson Crusoe and Kenuke's Kingdom we have been designing our own desert islands.

Spring 2021 - Year 6 Creative Writing - Kennings

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Kennings are like riddles. They describe something without ever saying what it is.
There are a lot of Kennings in this video. You may wish to use the pause button to spend more time looking at the work of different pupils.

Spring 2021 - Year 6 - Creative Writing 1

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There are 2 videos - one of material by pupils learning at home and one by children working in school. Remember to use the pause button if the video is moving too quickly.

Spring 2021 - Year 6 - Creative Writing 2

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Autumn 2020

Egyptian story writing hook in Year 3: The Temple Cat

Explanation Text Hook: Mummifying Tomatoes in Year 3

Class 4I Creating Instruction Sheets

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Classroom Displays


Below are pictures of the English displays which are on classroom walls during the Autumn term.

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5