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Literacy Leader: Mrs Amanda Hamlet

We believe that literacy is a fundamental skill, central to life-long learning.

English curriculum statement

At Holmbush Primary Academy we believe that fluency in language and literacy skills will open the door to effective learning across the curriculum and give each child the tools to participate fully as a member of society. 

The development of language and literacy skills follows a clear progression as children advance through the English curriculum and is integral to their ‘Learning Journey.’ Developing vocabulary and good oral language skills provides a firm foundation upon which to build reading and writing skills. 

High quality literature lies at the heart of each ‘Learning Journey,’ helping to bring the curriculum to life and enhancing learning across all subjects. Reading widely across both fiction and non-fiction develops pupils’ vocabulary, knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live. We passionately believe that reading high quality texts will feed curiosity and imagination, nurturing a culture where children love to read and are inspired to write.

Our intentions in writing are for children to:

  • Write for a purpose, which is relevant and meaningful
  • See themselves as real writers who take pride in their composition and presentation
  • Take ownership of their writing
  • See writing as a creative and enjoyable process


The English curriculum at Holmbush closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English:

  • To encourage a life-long love of reading through immersing them in rich and varied texts from across a range of genres and authors 
  • To enrich children’s vocabulary
  • To develop an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage
  • To ensure children can read independently, fluently and with good understanding, enabling them to access the full curriculum
  • To promote reading regularly for both pleasure and information, in school and at home
  • To provide robust, systematic phonics teaching to support reading and spelling
  • To ensure children write clearly and coherently to engage the audience; adapting their language and style to suit the purpose
  • To develop the grammar and linguistic conventions for speaking, reading and writing, enabling effective communication