English, as a core subject, is pivotal to so many of the other subjects taught at St George’s School. The main aim is to develop the pupils’ ability to communicate effectively and enthusiastically in speech, writing and to be able to listen with understanding. The broad curriculum enables pupils to become keen and responsive readers and have the confidence to take these skills beyond the classroom and into their later lives. The syllabus is drawn from the National Curriculum and the requirements for the ISEB Common Entrance. The Pre-Prep use the Read Write Inc scheme to develop reading and spelling skills.
English is taught by a class teacher in mixed ability sets up to Year 4 and then they are set into two groups from Year 5. In Years 6 to 8, English is taught by a specialist teacher. A wide range of resources is used within the department and these are spread across the teaching rooms to ensure that all children have access to a variety of books, text books and reading schemes.
The school has two libraries; one in the Lower School which houses books for Nursery to Year 2 and the second is in the main school. Both are run by a qualified librarian. ICT is an important part of the curriculum and children are encouraged to research, create and present their work using the skills they have learnt in their computing lessons.
There are plenty of opportunities to extend what we do in the classroom through celebrating World Book Day, listening to a visiting author, preparing a speech, seeing a play, attending a Creative Writing activity or simply displaying work on the wall and sharing it with others.
“The more that you read, the more things that you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!”