Language is at the centre of pupils’ learning. It is through language that they gain much of their knowledge and many of their skills. High priority is, therefore, given to developing pupils’ ability to use English language effectively.
The national guidelines 3-18 for English Language are divided into four areas:
Pupils are taught to listen carefully and effectively, talk confidently and fluently, read with understanding and enthusiasm, and write with expression and accuracy.
In this way, they will gain a sound knowledge of how language works and will become familiar with the many ways in which it is used.
It is also important that pupils learn to present written work in a way that can be easily understood, paying attention to punctuation, grammar, handwriting and spelling.