English

Mastery of language through the expression of thoughts, beliefs, concepts and feelings helps communication and confidence. The English curriculum broadly follows the National Curriculum in England and aims to ensure that all children are taught the necessary skills to use English effectively, confidently and accurately to the best of their ability.

Children are encouraged to apply their skills and knowledge in a variety of contexts, to different audiences and for the purposes of communication, creativity and enjoyment. From the beginning, children have the chance to express their thoughts and ideas in speech, drama and writing.

Our English curriculum has been designed to ensure that students will acquire essential skills in:

  • Speaking and listening
  • Writing, including spelling and handwriting
  • Reading

Jolly Phonics is the scheme used in Reception and provides a thorough foundation for reading and writing. It uses a method of teaching the letter sounds in a way that is fun and multi-sensory. Children learn how to use the letter sounds to read and write words.

Jolly Grammar is the next stage of the scheme and is taught in Key Stage 1 and 2. It is an active and multi-sensory way of helping children to develop an understanding of how grammar works while consolidating their knowledge from Jolly Phonics. By teaching key essential grammar rules and then more complex concepts, it helps children bring diversity to their writing and improve their spelling in a structured way. Children learn a wide range of language forms, spelling rules, punctuation, grammar, and parts of speech in engaging, memorable ways.

Creative writing is enhanced using the Talk for Writing scheme. This approach,developed by the educational writer and poet, Pie Corbett, is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn; modelling words, encouraging children to read and understand them, before writing their own version.

Children read regularly at GES, both individually and in groups to develop their skills,, and extend their comprehension and ability to express themselves. They follow the English book bands to help them progess in the right way and their reading is regularly assessed . Children bring books home daily with a reading record to ensure communication between school and home. They also visit the school library each week to choose other books they want to read, and to learn the skills and joy of using a library.

To encourage 7 to 12 year olds to keep enjoying their reading, we subscribe to an online site called Reading Eggspress. The site is packed with hundreds of great online activities, books, and games designed to help children to improve their reading skills in an engaging and age-appropriate way. Click here to visit Reading Eggspress.