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At Chestnuts, we passionately believe that all of our children deserve the best education that we can provide within the English curriculum. Through high-quality learning opportunities, our children will learn to develop their speaking and listening skills alongside their reading and writing knowledge and skills. We encourage them to speak and write fluently so that they can clearly and articulately express their views, opinions and emotions to others. We will also ensure that they listen and read confidently so that they are able to understand and evaluate the ideas and views of others.  

Our progressive curriculum is built on the science of learning and enables the children to revisit and review their knowledge and skills, as well as different text types and genres, before encountering new concepts. It also incorporates our core values as the children are encouraged to challenge themselves within their English learning but also to have fun through experience days and events such as book nights.  

We encourage a love of reading in particular, as this will provide our children with chances to develop their cultural, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual understanding of the world. Reading also enables the children to access the knowledge that they require to successfully take part in the rest of the curriculum and develop their own understanding of topics that interest them; if you can read, you can find out about other things. The children’s ability to read high level texts and absorb the rich vocabulary they contain, also impacts their writing ability.  

To become a confident member of society, it is essential that the children develop their confidence with each of their language skills: speaking and listening, writing and reading. If they are able to speak, read and write fluently and articulately, they will be empowered to be successful in their secondary education and the future beyond.