English lies at the heart of the educational and personal development of all pupils. That is why literacy skills and reading are key components of the curriculum throughout the school, from Foundation Stage to Year 8. We are concerned to ensure that each child learns to read, both critically and for pleasure, across a wide spectrum of materials and media, and is able to express him or herself accurately and coherently both on paper and orally.
Our aim is to develop pupils who can express opinions, articulate feelings and formulate appropriate responses to increasingly complex instructions and can also read a varied selection of texts, whilst gaining an increased level of fluency, accuracy, independence and understanding. Allied to these oral skills, emphasis is given to written work: forming letters correctly, leading to a fluent and legible handwriting style with pupils becoming increasingly aware of the conventions of writing, including grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Pupils learn to write in different contexts and for different purposes and audiences(including themselves) and to engage with literature both as a reader and embryonic writer. Formal work is illustrated and enlivened by a programme of visits to the theatre, visits from authors and writing workshops. Drama is taught as a discrete subject in its own right but collaborative work with drama teachers, both in school and in the school's Youth Theatre Company, is an integral part of the English curriculum.