To provide a language rich environment that promotes a culture of reading and writing;
To develop in pupils a love of books and high-quality literature that will not only support their learning across the curriculum, but also extend beyond the classroom environment and enrich their lives;
To explicitly teach reading skills throughout the school that continually develop children’s understanding and enjoyment of texts;
To teach children the craft of writing in order to develop the confidence and skills to write well for a range of purposes and audiences;
To teach the basics – spelling, grammar, handwriting and punctuation – well so children have all the necessary tools;
To foster in pupils the confidence, desire and ability to express their views and opinions both orally and in writing;
To value and celebrate diversity in culture and language.