English

From Nursery to Year 4, the girls are taught by their form tutors.  In Years 5 and 6, girls are taught by a subject specialist and, for part of this time, are taught in half classes.

A strong emphasis is placed on developing reading and writing skills, using a phonetic approach in the Early Years. Our girls are encouraged to read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, making use of our well-stocked class libraries and our whole school library. The girls’ reading is greatly enhanced by our Home/School Reading Partnership, whereby parents, carers and grandparents regularly come into school to listen to readers. Book Week and World Book Day activities, regular visits and authors’ workshops help to engender a love of literature and a passion for reading. From Year 1, girls have weekly comprehension lessons where they learn to look closely at what they are reading and as they get older, reflect on what they are reading.

Writing skills are developed in Nursery and Reception through topic work.  From Year 1, the girls have weekly composition lessons where they learn to write in the styles of different genres, both non-fiction and non-fiction. Grammar and punctuation are also taught lessons and the girls are expected to apply what they have learnt to their written work in all areas of the curriculum. From Year 1, pupils have separate spelling lessons and tests. Pupils are prepared for using cursive script in Nursery and Reception and fluency in handwriting is developed in Key Stages 1 and 2.

Our pupils are encouraged to voice their own ideas clearly and with confidence and to listen to and respect the opinions of others. All girls regularly participate in productions and class assemblies, growing their speaking, listening and drama skills.