English at the Junior School is based upon a shared love of, and enthusiasm for, language - between teachers and pupils.
We place equal importance upon all the elements:
- Speaking and Listening - continuous encouragement to discuss, share, celebrate and respect the foundations of our wonderful language.
- Reading - supporting our pupils to make it habitual, to explore and discover with curiosity and enjoyment.
- Writing - developing confidence in our pupils to write with pleasure and precision for any purpose.
In Years 3 and 4 English is taught by the class teacher. The emphasis here is on embracing the essential skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation through engaging, vibrant and challenging activities. As the children progress into Years 5 and 6, English is taught by specialists and children are set in groups according to their ability. The children follow a creative and stimulating syllabus to consolidate all of the above skills in preparation for examinations in the spring term of Year 6 and also to secure a love of language for life.
There are all kinds of exciting school events throughout the year which bring literacy and a love of reading to life including hosting our own mini Literature Festival as part of the celebrations for World Book Day. For a whole week the children are immersed in the exciting world of books. Children’s authors and illustrators, including in recent years Maudie Smith, Steve Voake and Anna Wilson visit the school to share their expertise and inspire the children. Further events include ‘dress as your favourite fairy tale or book character.’
Last year was particularly special, when all the children became published authors as we wrote and launched our own book, called ‘Knock Your Socks Off!’ Every pupil contributed a piece of work to the book and there was a huge party to celebrate its launch. The children were thrilled to see their book on sale in Waterstones and to learn that a copy was now catalogued in the British Library!