Our overarching aim for English is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. In order for children to communicate effectively, they need to be confident in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Our language programme aims to develop the many and diverse skills that will enable the child to become a confident communicator in a range of situations. This also includes placing emphasis on the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar. A simple handwriting style is taught with the aim of the child acquiring a fluent, cursive script.
Children are encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills by providing them with opportunities to express themselves to a variety of audiences, for example class assemblies, Christmas plays and church services.
At Willow Bank we have an extremely well-equipped and organised library which is organised to encourage reading and research skills. A colour-coded system for reading books enables the child to read at an appropriate level.