English is one of the core subjects in the primary curriculum and is of particular importance as it permeates all other curriculum areas. From Intermediate the subject is divided into three key areas: Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing (including Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation). Speaking skills are developed through activities such as story-telling, drama (LAMDA) and talk homework, as well as everyday class discussions and closed and open-ended questioning.
Reading for pleasure and information is encouraged at all levels and a home/school partnership is formed from an early age with children taking home books to share with adults. The children are provided with a breadth of reading material which can be found in their own class libraries as well as the school library. Opportunities for cross curricular writing are given alongside a curriculum which incorporates the teaching of a range of styles and genres, including poetry and the explicit teaching of handwriting, spelling, punctuation and grammar skills.
Our English curriculum incorporates opportunities for the use of ICT both in teaching and learning and is supported by a range of enjoyable enrichment activities such as visiting authors, trips, Book Week and reading buddies.