English

Reading, coordinated by the 'Accelerated Reader' scheme, is central to the ethos and passion which drives the English department at the Prep.

All year groups study and read work from current and classic authors from a range of cultural backgrounds, developing not only the literacy skills inherent in such activity but also developing a deeper sense of empathy, moral questioning and wider social awareness. Examples of the range of texts studied are: Wonder by R. J. Palacio, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne.

The importance of spelling, punctuation and grammar within writing is key to the development of all our pupils and is another essential strand of teaching within the department.

Poetry offers an opportunity for pupils to explore forms and varieties of expression they may not otherwise be exposed to and all pupils are engaged in the learning, recitation and writing of poetry, developing their own anthologies across the course of an academic year. We hold an annual Poetry Recital Competition in which all pupils take part during class, the final is held in the Front Hall and is a much anticipated event in the School calendar..

As part of developing personal awareness and ability, we encourage pupils to take part in writing competitions throughout the year, including the likes of BBC 500 words and the SATIPS poetry competitions alongside debating competitions such as the Rotary Club ‘Youth Speaks’ events.