We enable all children to further develop and strengthen their basic skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening through a creative approach to English language, and encourage writing, whether descriptive, empathetic, argumentative or critical.
The English syllabus follows and exceeds the disciplines outlined in the National Curriculum and the National Literacy Strategy. We study a wide range of texts and authors, including Morpurgo, Dahl, Boyne, Golding, Noyes, Heaney and Hughes to name a few.
The English Department has the following goals:
- To stimulate and encourage a clarity of expression in all areas of written and oral work and to develop creative writing in all its genres.
- To foster and develop interest in prose, poetry and drama.
- To introduce and encourage a wide variety of reading through a structured reading programme as well as encouraging personal reading habits.
- To improve technical skills in writing.
- To prepare pupils for Common Entrance Examinations and Senior School Scholarships.
- To develop pupils’ appreciation of our literary heritage by introducing them to the work of Shakespeare and giving them the opportunity to study his plays in a variety of kinaesthetic ways.