At St Swithun Wells Catholic Primary School we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our English lessons, to deliver the National curriculum. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding. We do this through daily lessons in which children experience a selection from: whole-class reading or writing activities, class focused word or sentence activities, guided group or independent activities, and whole-class sessions to review progress and learning. Whilst there is a high proportion of whole-class and group teaching, the independent activities often give an opportunity to talk and collaborate, and so embed and enhance their learning. They have the opportunity to experience a wide range of texts, and to support their work with a variety of resources, including dictionaries, thesauruses and phonic resources. Children use ICT in English lessons where it enhances their learning, as in drafting their work and in using multimedia to study how words and images are combined to convey meaning. Wherever possible we encourage children to use and apply their learning in other areas of the curriculum. In all classes children have a wide range of abilities, and we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child.