The essential skills of literacy and numeracy are fundamental to future learning. We attach great importance to the subjects of English and Maths and incorporate may aspects of the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies into these subjects. We aim to help children to learn to read and write fluently, to listen attentively and with understanding and to speak clearly and confidently for various purposes. We aim, also, to develop their mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding so that they can apply these aspects of learning in real situations. These subjects are the building blocks for many other areas of the curriculum.