As well as being one of the core subjects, English is at the heart of our whole curriculum. Children's abilities are developed within an integrated programme of speaking and listening, reading and writing, handwriting and spelling in order to make them skilled communicators, fluent readers and expressive writers.
We use a range of fiction and non-fiction books to help children develop their reading skills. Children are encouraged to develop a love of reading and to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers.
They learn to express themselves confidently and clearly in a range of situations. We consider it essential that they are taught to listen carefully to others and to evaluate what they hear.
We aim to develop the use of writing as a means of communicating ideas. All children are expected to write in a variety of ways for different purposes and audiences: stories, poems, dialogues, reports and diaries to name just a few. Handwriting practice is undertaken regularly and all children learn to use a cursive script.
We encourage both parents and children to participate in our Home/School shared reading programme.