Literacy is an umbrella term for the skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. These skills are fundamental to the educational, social and personal progress of our pupils and their ability to participate fully in 21st Century society.

It is for this reason, that Literacy remains a key focus within all subjects. Pupils are provided with opportunities to practice and apply the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired through Literacy lessons to other areas of the curriculum.

Pupils in Years 1- 5 are taught Literacy through an enquiry-based approach which ensures learning is child-centred, thought-provoking and purposeful. Within these lessons, the pupils are provided with a thorough coverage of the National Curriculum English objectives as well as exposure to a variety of text types and genres representing diverse cultures, experiences and perspectives.

Reading widely and for pleasure is strongly encouraged and from their earliest days in school, our pupils have a love of reading. Our extensive library is used by all our pupils, from Early Years to Year 6, and we have a full-time Librarian whose role is to inspire and encourage varied reading experiences.

Spelling, grammar and punctuation underpin all aspects of our teaching and learning. Both discrete and contextualised approaches ensure pupils understand the structures and meaning of the English language. Pupils in Lower School benefit from daily phonics lessons following the Letters and Sounds Programme whilst pupils in the Prep School enjoy weekly spelling lessons using the No-Nonsense Spelling Programme.

Lessons are taught in literacy-rich environments and are enhanced through the use of digital technology, as we prepare to meet the changing pathways of communication and evolving definition of literacy.

Particular highlights in the Literacy calendar include, World Book Day, poetry recitals and author visits: an opportunity for our pupils to become immersed in the world of literature.

Within our pupils, we aim to foster a love of reading and storytelling, while developing a lifelong appreciation of the power, beauty and utility of language.

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