English is the single most important cross-curricular subject in the school. The skills which pupils are taught in English underpin the quality of work they produce in all subjects. When we teach reading pupils are not just being taught how to read a piece of prose or a poem with fluency, they are also being equipped with skills; reading a map, interpreting a painting and analysing information on a graph. As a department we believe that teaching pupils to write well unlocks success for them in every subject.
The aim of the English department is to engender a love of literature and an enjoyment of the language in its many forms. Pupils are shown how to experiment with different styles of creative writing, whether based on personal experience, description, narration, poetry, play scripts, letters, summaries, reports or discursive material.
Reading is naturally, absolutely essential to the teaching of English and pupils are advised to read from a wide range of literature, including both fiction and non-fiction. Each year group is provided with a reading list appropriate to its level and children are shown how to make use of our very well stocked library. Throughout normal English lessons the children are constantly presented with and enjoy novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction.
A large emphasis is placed on a well-grounded knowledge of the fundamentals in grammar, spelling and punctuation. Pupils are expected to take a pride in both the content and the presentation of their work.
Speaking and listening is an integral part of English lessons. All pupils are encouraged to participate actively in discussions from the Early Years through to Year 8.