"Teaching is consistently outstanding in English and mathematics. School leaders have implemented very effective literacy and numeracy policies which have contributed to the high levels of attainment in English and mathematics" - Ofsted, June 2014
The main aim of our English curriculum is to enable all children to achieve the fullest possible development of their abilities in speaking and listening, writing and reading. This is because we recognise that language is the principal means by which we make sense of our experiences and by which we communicate in all the different contexts in which we find ourselves.
Language is central to the learning process and staff in all departments will be helping pupils to develop their ability and confidence to use it in every area of the Middle School curriculum. The children will be encouraged to use language for a wide variety of purposes and audiences. The three elements of English – speaking and listening, reading, and writing - naturally interrelate. However, speaking and listening fluently, using thinking skills and reading widely are all promoted as the basis for improving writing.
Our school library promotes reading as a pleasurable activity and time is provided during the week to encourage reading competence. Our KS3 English department have Reading Award Schemes for Years 7 and 8. It is a fundamental part of our pupils' English lessons, with a visit to the library once a week, and an ongoing homework to become lifelong readers.