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‘After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.’

Phillip Pullman

English is a vital way of communicating in school, in public life and internationally.

Literature in English is rich and influential, reflecting the experience of people from many countries and times.

In studying English pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively.

Pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. The study of English helps pupils understand how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Using this knowledge pupils can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations.

At Aston and Cote our English curriculum revisits different areas and genres each year with an increase in complexity for example pupils learn how to write an explanation text but the topics used as a stimulus and language expectations become increasingly demanding.

Every teacher at Aston and Cote school is a teacher of reading and of language. We aim to develop a love of reading and to increase and develop our pupils vocabulary in every subject and everything we do.

We also offer a plethora of enrichment opportunities in the subject such as: poetry and writing workshops with visiting authors, book week/world book day celebrations, termly themed author focus in our new library and in the area outside Westerleigh and Reedy class as well as master classes at Henry Box and competitions such as BBC radio two’s 500 words and our own in-house writing competitions.






  • Aston & Cote C of E Primary School
  • School House, Cote Road
  • Aston
  • Bampton, Oxfordshire
  • OX18 2DU
  • Tel: 01993 850435
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