Reading is taught principally through phonics and children read to a member of staff daily. Personal reading is actively encouraged and closely monitored at every stage, and all pupils are members of the Junior Library. The majority of children read at above or well above national reading levels.
Children learn to write using a cursive script and grammatical and spelling rules are discretely taught and reinforced through creative writing.
In Year 1 and Year 2, the children are introduced to a wide range of writing genres. Creative writing is fostered through role play and storytelling. Examples of excellent writing are explored allowing children to access books on their iPads and in print. Writing tasks can be produced using pencil and paper, eBooks or even as iMovies.
In Year 3 — Year 6, the English curriculum follows the Wordsmith scheme. Influenced and inspired by the former children’s laureate, Michael Rosen, and endorsed by Michael Morpurgo, it has been designed to ignite children’s interest in reading, communication and language. Through this exciting and creative scheme, pupils gain an understanding of the views and styles of different authors and poets, using a variety of resources, including novels, non-fiction, poetry anthologies and short films. As well as improving their literacy skills in all the traditional ways, children are involved in many different speaking and listening activities, including drama, games and role play.
In addition to the curriculum, there is an exciting range of enrichment activities, including trips, visiting speakers and competitions. There are also extensive links with co-curricular groups including Library Club and Cineclub. Shakespeare Week, National Poetry Day and World Book Day are celebrated every year.