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Languages, Literacy and Communication

Our Vision 

Our pupils will be inspired to become life-long learners who meet the four purposes of learning; who listen, read, speak and write with enthusiasm and to the best of their abilities at all times; who understand and respect the importance and place of Welsh, English and International Languages; who become creative, resilient, adaptable and empathetic young people; who learn about their own identity and others; who have pride in themselves and their cultures. Our pupils will engage with content that is inclusive, appropriately challenging, rich, stimulating and invariably excellent. 

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English Policy

The Language, Literacy and Communication area of learning will develop ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world. Learning about languages and other forms of communication helps pupils participate effectively in education. It teaches them to appreciate and respect the needs and rights of others and helps them create diverse, cohesive and inclusive societies, locally, nationally and globally. Through experiencing, understanding and using languages in Wales, pupils will better understand their own identity, culture, community and society.


Through language and literature, pupils will develop a sense of identity. They will be able to articulate, express and represent their own emotions and be equipped to understand the emotions of others. Their sense of belonging will be strengthened; and this together with the development of their communication skills, will make them more confident individuals whose voices can be heard.


Language, Literacy and Communication will develop healthy, confident individuals who can articulate their thoughts and feelings, and interpret those of others, showing respect and developing strong, positive relationships so they can work with others to overcome challenges. They will use languages and literature to access information to support and keep themselves and others safe and well in the real and virtual world. They will understand how to think and engage critically with language and literature communicated in a range of media.


Language. Literacy and Communication will develop ambitious, capable learners who become capable communicators. Through meaningful, real life learning experiences and challenges, pupils will develop the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to develop an ambitious attitude to language learning, oracy, literacy, communication and literature.


The study of English develops children’s abilities to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, and to a variety of audiences, and in doing so enables them to use language to learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings.


At Johnston Community Primary School we aim to develop a love for the English language in its written and spoken forms. We encourage children to develop skills to communicate effectively in speech and writing, to listen with understanding and to be responsive, enthusiastic and knowledgeable readers. We aim to provide an environment for language development, which is stimulating and is characterised by high expectations of success so that the fullest potential of each individual may be realised.


At Johnston Primary School we use a range of teaching methods, each closely aligned to the topic being used as a stimulus and the skills being developed by the lesson. A mix of whole-class, group and individual teaching is used, and teaching styles vary according to the needs of the pupils. In this way teachers ensure that the pupils perform according to their aptitudes and abilities. Every teacher uses Talk for Writing strategies to ensure that pupils make good progress in all areas of literacy.


Reading is taught through shared reading activities, Guided group reading and individual reading.


Welsh at Johnston Community Primary School  


The use of Welsh language is promoted right throughout the school with all staff encouraging the use of Welsh on a daily basis.

In both Foundation Phase and Key stage 2 we have ‘Helpwr Heddiw’ which is a helper of the day for Welsh, their job is to ensure Welsh is being used by children and adults, to initiate conversations and choose games to play that will enhance their language skills.


Criw Cymraeg is a big part of our school. This is a team of pupils ranging from Year 1 through to Year 6 that meet regularly to monitor Welsh across the school and to discuss ways in which we can help improve bilingualism. Criw Cymraeg are very proud of their role within the school and are a great help in making sure Welsh is promoted every day within the school.


Welsh assemblies take place on a weekly basis. During the assemblies, as well as focusing on the use of Welsh language and praising those who are making the best effort to use Welsh, we also focus on cultural awareness. To be proud of where we live is something we promote and by focusing on different landmarks, building, icons from Wales we are encouraging children to think about the opportunities around them and the wonderful things we have here in Wales.

Bilingualism - Dwyieithrwydd

The school is in the English speaking area of the county and is classed as an English medium school with Welsh taught as a second language.  The school has adopted the Pembrokeshire Scheme of Work for Welsh as a second language and has achieved the Siarter Iaith Bronze Award. Staff and pupils are encouraged to use Welsh as part of their everyday language in school.  We aim to develop the use of the language and to provide a relevant context for the teaching of it.  Children develop their skills in speaking, reading and writing through activities and games, as well as reading and weekly writing in Welsh in Key Stage Two.   Children are encouraged to be proud of their Welsh heritage and to respect the cultural identity of all children in school through a cross-curricular approach, especially through Geography, History, Art and Music.  We focus on our similarities and shared beliefs.