English, communication and languages lie at the heart of our capacity to imagine, think, create and make a crucial contribution to learners’ development as well-rounded individuals. Their development use of language underpins learners' achievements across the curriculum and lays the foundations for active involvement in cultural life, society, work and lifelong learning. English helps learners to develop their imagination, see the world through the eyes of others, and read and write for pleasure. Children and young people learn to communicate effectively in a range of media. They become increasingly fluent and accurate in expressing their thoughts and emotions, orally and in writing. They become more skilled in generating ideas, solving problems and thinking critically and creatively. Creating and responding to all kinds of texts, including those which combine words, images and sounds, offer access to the world of knowledge and imagination and generate lasting enthusiasm and enjoyment. Language and communication open up many possibilities enabling learners to engage with different cultures and societies, further developing their understanding of how language works.