Subject Leader: Mr Canning  

Our vision

At Harlesden Primary School we want to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. Our vision for reading is that children read easily, fluently and with good understanding. Through the delivery of Destination Reader, we want to nurture and develop reading for pleasure as well as information. Following the Talk for Writing model, we want children to acquire a wide vocabulary and appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage. We want children to be confident in writing and exploring different genres, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Our literacy learning environments promote the use of discussions and encourage children to elaborate and explain their understanding and ideas.


Our aim:

  • To enable children to speak clearly and audibly and to take account of their listeners, adapting their speech to a wide range of circumstances and demands.
  • To teach children effective communication, both verbal and non-verbal, through a variety of drama activities, including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings.
  • To encourage children to listen with concentration and to respond orally to different stimuli.
  • To develop children’s interests in books and reading for enjoyment, so they are able to talk about their preferences and opinions.
  • To develop confident and reflective readers, through contact with challenging and engaging texts.
  • To encourage children to have an interest in words, their meanings, developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
  • To know, understand and be able to write a range of genres within non-fiction, fiction and poetry.
  • To have fluent and legible handwriting.
  • To plan, draft, revise and edit their written work.


Please see below our Literacy Overviews in the sub folders for reading and writing, which outline the skills our pupils will learn, the types of learning experiences they will be exposed to and possible outcomes for our pupils. We review our overviews half termly to ensure our curriculum is evolving to the needs of our current pupils. 

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