At Bocking Primary School, our vision for English education is to empower our children to become confident and proficient communicators, critical thinkers, responsive listeners and lifelong learners. We strive to select and teach quality literature in a nurturing and inclusive environment where every child understands a range of texts and is inspired to develop not only a love for reading but also a love of language and literature, appreciating the craft and power of writing.  Children are provided with opportunities to engage in creative writing for authentic purposes and audiences, utilising the literacy skills systematically taught across the school.
They are actively encouraged to develop their unique voice, expressing their ideas, imagination, and opinions, not only in English but also across the wider curriculum. Through a comprehensive and engaging English curriculum, we aim to foster strong reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, laying the foundation for academic success and personal growth.

We will:

In line with research from OFSTED's Research Review Series on English, which emphasises the importance of foundational literacy, vocabulary development, exposure to challenging texts, and critical thinking skills, we will:

  • Equip children with essential literacy skills, focusing on fluency in reading, vocabulary development, and effective writing to navigate the complexities of the modern world.
  • Emphasise the development of oral language skills to enable confident communication, articulate thoughts, and active participation in discussions and presentations.
  • Foster a lifelong love for reading through a wide range of high-quality literature, inspiring exploration of different genres, deep appreciation for literature, and cultivating a habit of reading for pleasure and enrichment.
  • Nurture children' writing abilities to express ideas, opinions, and creativity effectively, focusing on grammar, punctuation, composition, while encouraging originality and critical thinking.
  • Encourage children to think critically, analyse texts, and make connections within and across literary works, providing opportunities for exploring different perspectives, engaging in meaningful discussions, and developing evaluation and interpretation skills.
  • Recognise the unique strengths, needs, and learning styles of each student, embracing inclusive practices and differentiated instruction to support and challenge all learners to reach their full potential.


At Bocking we are very proud of our pupil’s handwriting and take particular care in our handwriting style. We use Letter-join’s on-line handwriting resource and Lesson Planners as the basis of our handwriting policy as it covers all the requirements of the National Curriculum.

Handwriting is a basic skill that influences the quality of work throughout the curriculum. By the end of Key Stage 2 all pupils should have the ability to produce fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy joined-up handwriting, and to understand the different forms of handwriting used for different purposes.

Our intention is to make handwriting an automatic process that does not interfere with creative and mental thinking.

We will:

  • Develop a neat, legible, speedy handwriting style using continuous cursive letters, which leads to producing letters and words automatically in independent writing
  • Establish and maintain high expectations for the presentation of written work
  • Understand, by the end of Year 6, the importance of neat presentation and the need for different letterforms (cursive, printed or capital letters) to help communicate meaning clearly.