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English

Our aim is to offer stimulating and enjoyable English lessons which develop each individual child’s potential and ability to speak articulately, read confidently and write accurately and engagingly.

Inspectors have often noted the exceptional standard of our creative writing programme. In all years, we focus on specific study of grammar and handwriting. Throughout the school, our children encounter a wide variety of age-appropriate fiction and non-fiction texts.

Our children’s interest in reading is fostered within the classroom through exposure to a wide range of lively texts and amplified by regular theatre trips, author visits (for example, Cressida Cowell, author of  How to train your dragon) and the exciting events of our biennial Book Week.

 

During Book Week, there is favourite book character dress-up day, signed book sales, book quizzes, and author visits (for instance, Scarlett Thomas, Philip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick in 2018). to mention the support of our well-stocked school library and qualified librarian.

Throughout the Prep Department, our children are taught in differentiated spelling groups by both English teachers and the Learning Support Department. Homework and spelling tests are set weekly and, each evening, children are also expected to spend a little time reading.

 

Favourite Curriculum Books:

Year 4 

  • Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo
  • A Bear called Paddington by Michael Bond
  • Time train to the Blitz - Sophie McKenzie

Year 5

  • Kensuke’s Kingdon by Michael Morpurgo
  • The Daydreamer by Ian McKewan

Year 6

  • Carjacked  by Ali Sparke
  • Skellig by David Almond
  • Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Margorian

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