English & Literacy in The Prep Department
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Welcome to English & Literacy
English/Literacy skills underpin everything we do in the Prep Department, given
their importance in allowing children to access the curriculum. From Reception class
onwards we focus on building the children’s reading and writing skills.
In addition, however, through specialist teaching in Drama, we develop the children’s
ability to speak with confidence and teach them to listen considerately to others.
Regular opportunities for performance allow children to become articulate. Our extra
curricular English Speaking Board Programme is very popular and students have enjoyed
great success at Local and Regional Festivals.
Aims and Curriculum
Within the Department we aim to develop a love of reading and a passion for the
English language. We give our pupils every opportunity to express themselves orally,
and in writing, and we encourage lively debates on topical issues. Class teachers
are responsible for teaching Literacy to their year group.
In the Early Years we have introduced the Letters and Sounds programme for teaching
phonics. We use the ‘Focus on Literacy’ Scheme of work throughout the Department;
supplemented by a wide range of wonderful, rich texts to develop the children’s
vocabulary. In Reception the children learn their sounds and start writing using
the Cranbourne cursive script. They are introduced to reading and quickly start
to take reading books home each night to practise.
In Year 1 the children are encouraged to write in full sentences and are introduced
to the basic sentence punctuation. They continue to read aloud daily at home and
at school. In Year 2 the volume of work increases as the children are more fluent
at writing. They start to write poems and stories and cover a wide range of grammar.
Extra Curricular Activities
Clubs and extra curricular activities change regularly. Children have enjoyed book
Club and annually celebrate World Book Day. We regularly invite Children’s authors
into school to talk to and inspire the children. Drama Club stages an annual performance
which is enormously popular with everyone who attends. The English Speaking Board
Programme runs throughout the year and gives many children the chance to develop
their oratory skills.
This subject is co-ordinated by
Miss Lyndsey Elliot
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