Junior School English
In teaching English, we encourage our pupils to become effective communicators, and foster an appreciation of language that goes beyond the practical. We work to equip children with the skills necessary to speak clearly and articulately, to write accurately and creatively, and to explore ideas and feelings in their reading of prose and poetry.
Our topic-based approach to teaching and learning transports children through a variety of worlds, realms, countries and eras. Through a highly-imaginative range of books, drama and role-play, we strive to instil a hunger to read and write while exposing our pupils to unique and respected authors.
We appreciate how the mechanics of language set the foundation for a proficient writer. Our contextual approach to teaching grammar, punctuation and spelling enables children to better understand their own work, establishing an accurate yet individual style of writing.
The Junior School embraces the continually changing world of technology. We promote the use of IT throughout many English sessions while continuing to invest time to develop proficiency in handwriting.
Events such as our annual celebration of National Poetry Day, together with poetry workshops and visits by authors, help to keep the children’s enthusiasm for the subject high. Spelling competitions, 500 word challenges and poetry recitals are used as a pathway to develop self esteem and motivation. These events offer a chance for all children to participate in a variety of activities.
Pupils leaving Junior School at the end of Form 8 sit an end-of-year exam. These results, alongside teacher assessment, are shared and discussed with the Senior School to ensure a smooth transition into Form 9.
The teachers across the Schools have specifically designed our English programme of study, and we take pride in delivering a well-rounded and rigorously-tested English journey for ages 3 to 18, forging confidence, ambition and creativity.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Our English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department in Junior School helps pupils whose first language is not English, and who require language development.
EAL is taught during the school day, and in-class support is also offered to those pupils requiring extra language support in other subjects. We focus upon the key skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as grammar and vocabulary. Pupils also have the opportunity to sit Cambridge ESOL examinations in preparation for the next stage of their studies.
The Department offers individual and small group tuition, with the small class setting allowing teachers to tailor a learning programme for each pupil, and provide appropriate support. Pupils are encouraged to share their learning and experiences, and they regularly present their work in creative ways to a wider audience.
Alongside our language work, we ensure that pupils enjoy the full cultural experience of studying in another country. Recent EAL trips have included Canterbury Cathedral, the nearby coastal town of Whitstable and beautiful Leeds Castle.
We challenge each pupil to be the very best they can be in an environment that is both supportive and nurturing, with academic progress fully monitored and assessed as they make their journey through Junior School.