Through a variety of activities, pupils develop their skills in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing, the three components of the National Curriculum.
In addition to learning to express their ideas clearly and effectively, we want pupils to take pleasure in the creativity of writing. They will be encouraged to discover the beauty of language and of literature through reading, writing and discussing poems, plays and stories.
An important part of the work focuses on developing skills in spelling, grammar and punctuation. Tests are used regularly to monitor progress in these areas of English.
Encouraging a love of books is central to the teaching of English. Pupils have access to the Prep School library, they are also taught how to locate and make use of information from reference material, dictionaries and thesauruses as part of their work in English. Book lists are provided in all years to help pupils and parents decide on appropriate books.
During their time in Years 7 and 8 pupils will read a wide range of literature, including modern classics and pre 20th century texts. All pupils will read at least one of Shakespeare's plays and make a study of war time literature, including 1st World War poetry. A theatre trip to Stratford is arranged during Year 8.