At Gurney Pease Academy we truly believe that language and communication are life skills which need to be nurtured and developed from the moment children walk through our doors.

We believe 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. We know how important reading is and our aim is to get children loving reading. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. In early reading, we carefully match our reading books to phonics phases to ensure that there is reliability between the two.

At Gurney Pease Academy we have worked hard to ensure the children receive a broad and balanced curriculum where English is entwined into every subject to guarantee the children are able to practise many different aspects of the English curriculum. From the Early years, children develop a love of English through systematic and fun phonics lessons enabling them to have the best possible start to their learning of reading and writing.

Staff at Gurney Pease Academy deliver well-planned and engaging English lessons and strive to instil a love of language whether that be in their writing, their reading or in the way they use language in their day to day interactions. Through participation with the English curriculum, we endeavour all pupils will:

  • Develop communication and spoken language skills through collaboration and encouragement.
  • Read with enjoyment; fluently, confidently and with a sense of success.
  • Develop a love of reading and reading habits, understanding the main purposes of reading for finding information and for pleasure.
  • Develop a repertoire of vocabulary which is rich, thoughtful and challenging.
  • Write creatively and coherently with confidence and a sense of pride and achievement.
  • Write for a purpose and to engage an audience, whilst showcasing their individual flair and style.
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