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Communication at Watlington Primary School


The communication team leads the following subjects: Reading (including phonics), Writing, SPaG and Modern Foreign Languages.


At Watlington Primary School we believe that the Communication curriculum:


  • Provides a rich cross-curricular approach to English where engaging and purposeful texts are at the heart of all learning.

  • Develops skills to enable children to become proficient communicators.  Opportunities to develop children’s reading, writing and speaking & listening skills are embedded not only within the English curriculum but also across the wider creative curriculum.

  • Inspires children to engage with language and promotes enquiring, imaginative minds with the ability to ask questions and develop independent learning behaviours.

  • Maximises life skills to ensure happy, healthy and resilient adults that can utilise their communication skills for both work and pleasure.




We believe the children at Watlington Primary School:

  • Develop early phonological skills enabling them to become confident young readers using Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics that translates into progressively challenging and engaging reading throughout  KS1 and KS2.
  • Establish a thirst for reading through use of high quality texts within our Talk for Writing approach.
  • Engage with established links/visit with the local library for our younger children and maximise our excellent KS1 and 2 libraries throughout the school in order to encourage a life-long love of books. 
  • Embed comprehension skills through English and topics and benefit from reading workshops, book clubs and positive parental involvement.
  • Celebrate a love of reading through special events such as World Book Day, Shakespeare Week, author visits and shared reading through the key stages.




We believe the children at Watlington Primary School:

  • Are inspired to enjoy writing from early mark making opportunities, both inside and outside, leading to writing for purpose and intent in a range of styles.
  • Engage with Talk for Writing throughout the school that embeds a deeper understanding of genres, text-types and audience.
  • Respond to stimulating hooks to inspire purposeful writing outcomes.



Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar


We believe the children at Watlington Primary School:

  • Learn relevant skills linked to spelling, punctuation and grammar through lessons threaded across the curriculum.
  • Understand that these skills are not stand alone and therefore confidently demonstrate how to apply these skills. 


Modern Foreign Languages


We believe the children at Watlington Primary School:

  • Develop a curiosity towards other cultures and languages. 
  • Learn French from year 2-6 with a focus on oral and verbal skills.
  • Celebrate language through specific language and culture days.
Welcome to our wonderful school!