Talking is fundamental to learning.  Pupils are encouraged to speak clearly, confidently and with expression in order to state their ideas and opinions.  Just as important is the need to listen carefully to others and respond in appropriate ways.  At Broomfield, pupils are given opportunities in all areas of the curriculum to develop their speaking and listening skills, in paired, group or whole class situations.


There is a strong emphasis at Broomfield school on children learning to read, enjoying sharing books and reading a range of texts.

Intent- We aim to develop a love of books and reading from the beginning of child’s learning journey with us and value the role of parents as partners in this vital task. Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and read widely. We hear our children read regularly both individually and in groups. We also value reading for its impact on vocabulary development and comprehension skills. We read aloud to our children daily (10 minute read).  Vocabulary is taught explicitly.

Implementation- Children are heard reading both individually and in groups regularly. Guided Group Reading sessions and whole class reading sessions are carefully planned and questioning is used to assess and extend children’s learning. Guided Group Reading sessions expose children to a wide range of texts and aim to challenge their thinking and develop inference skills. Parents are given clear expectations about reading.  Termly visits to our local library are planned and the sharing of books in assembly is a regular feature.

Impact- Pupil voice shows children enjoy being read aloud to and use school library facilities regularly. Children understand and can answer questions on the texts that they read. Pupil progress can be seen through termly and year end data.


At Broomfield we aim for children to be independent writers.  We encourage them to write clearly and with confidence in any given genre.  We teach them to use punctuation and grammar accurately, to be able to proofread their own work and make amendments and improvements.  Our system of pen licences encourages children to place value on the development of correct letter formation and neatly presented handwriting.  We give children a wide range of opportunities in which to develop their writing skills and display work of which they are proud.  Through our English curriculum, we aim to nurture in the children a love of literature and language, and the confidence to continue reading and writing throughout their lives.


From Foundation Stage, children are taught letter formation and joins following our cursive handwriting scheme, which enables children to develop an independent, mature style of writing. Good presentation is expected at all times and displaying children’s work is an integral part of this process. Ultimately we want each child to develop a fluent, legible and attractive style of handwriting.