"By the end of the Early Years' Foundation Stage, children are extremely well prepared for school and the next stage in their learning."

Early Years Foundation Stage ISI Inspection 2016

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English

Asked about the value of English in the curriculum, Anne Fine, author and former Children's Laureate, replied: "Without English, nothing, and without good English, nothing very well."

Our aims in teaching English are:

  • to provide our pupils with a firm foundation in the skills required to use spoken and written English effectively
  • to develop a love of their language through the study of good literature

Each class has ten lessons of English during the week covering literacy, grammar, spelling, reading and writing.

We encourage our pupils to:

  • enjoy listening in a variety of contexts whilst being sensitive to and respectful of the needs of others
  • speak clearly and fluently
  • read fluently both for pleasure and for information
  • write correctly and appropriately for a variety of purposes

We also run a Reading Award Scheme, which aims to broaden the children's reading experiences as well as developing and rewarding their reading skills. More details about the scheme can be downloaded below.

During the course of the year visiting authors are invited to school to talk about their work. Recent visitors have been Peter J Murray, Jackie Kay and Michael Morpurgo, all of whom have inspired the pupils.

English is such fun because your mind is just let free to think about what you're going to write.
Lydia (Year 5)

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