At Downlands Community school, we aim to inspire the imagination of children through a love of creative writing and reading for pleasure. We encourage children to develop their own natural voice through writing in different styles and developing their understanding of the real and imaginary world through reading. Children are encouraged to explore language and develop their understanding of vocabulary through the exploration of a range of texts. We strongly believe that if you can say it – you can write it. Therefore we encourage children to verbally share ideas and use discussion to develop sentence structure and help plan their writing. We prompt both a love of writing and reading and hope to inspire literary passion in all children.

Downlands Community School is a maintained school within Dorset Local Authority, therefore we will follow the Primary National Curriculum. The following English policy describes the vision and pedagogical principles for teaching and learning in this subject, which has been agreed by staff and governors.