English

The value of English in the curriculum? What can I say? Without English nothing. And without good English, nothing very well.  

ANNE FINE, AUTHOR

In the English Department, teachers discuss work with pupils, guide their efforts, ask and answer questions, observe, help, encourage and challenge. In addition, we mark and review written and other kinds of work – including the use of ICT which is greatly encouraged. Through these activities we are constantly finding out about pupil capabilities and achievements. This knowledge then informs our plans for future work.

English is a vital way of communicating in school, in public life and internationally. Literature in English is rich and influential, reflecting the experience of people from many countries and times.

In studying English, pupils will develop skills in three key areas: Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening. This helps to enable them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively – for communication lies at the heart of English as a subject. Pupils from EYFS, through Pre-prep and on into the main Prep school, will learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories (every term has a central text for each Year Group from Year 3 onwards), of poems and of drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. The study of English helps pupils understand how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Using this knowledge, pupils can begin to choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations. 

A good book, studied with a good English teacher, takes you on a journey in search of answers to the crucial questions in life you didn’t even know you wanted (or needed) to ask.

PROFESSOR LISA JARDINE, QUEEN MARY & WESTFIELD COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

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