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We bring English to life in as many different ways as possible, encouraging a love of books and reading that gives a solid basis for all other subjects.
Confidence in reading and writing, speaking and listening is built through varied and stimulating activities designed to give children a passion for using language. Writers of the Week are celebrated in assemblies and their work is displayed in the school entrance. We take part in the BBC 500 Words Story Competition each year and run our own in-house competition.
Children’s imaginations are developed and we extend their skills in comprehension, grammar and creative writing; the National Curriculum objectives are followed to ensure that the basics are covered; however, our independence allows us to let children go much further in:
Speaking and Listening – group discussions, presenting work, drama.
Reading – strategies, reading to understand text, reading for information, appreciation of a range of different literature.
Writing – composition, planning and drafting, punctuation, spelling, presentation, spelling and grammar rules and language structure. Understanding features of different styles of writing.
Berkhampstead old girl, Lottie Prentice and her illustrator visited to read and talk about her children’s book A Tale of Ted. Just one in a series of author visits, the question and answers sessions about writing see our children interact with writers.
World Book Day, Shakespeare Week and Poetry Week stretch and stimulate the children and help to build a love of books and literature.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.— Dr. Seuss, 'I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!'
Children from the youngest age can find a quiet space to sit and enjoy a book. This habit starts in our Kindergarten and continues through the Prep Department, where daily reading for pleasure is encouraged.
During lessons, we use set texts to help develop children’s understanding of different literature, as well as using them to inspire and develop written work. Selected books are wide ranging, they extend the children’s interests as well as introducing them to new genres.
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”— Stephen King