English and Drama

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We aim for all our pupils to love of reading and writing.  We do this through the use of high quality texts that stimulate and excite the children’s imaginations so they can use these authors as mentors to inspire their writing.  

We understand that in order to develop a love of reading, all children need access to text, therefore our rigorous programme of daily phonics from Reception to Year 2 ensures decoding and fluency.  

We appreciate that accessing a text is not only through decoding but through a deeper understanding of what is read.  Our daily Guided Reading sessions from Reception to Year 6 offer a wonderfully warm small group environment to discuss and analyse texts.  Spelling is taught through a comprehensive spelling programme which runs throughout the school and we strongly believe in embedding these spelling strategies as part of our daily writing.  

Writing should be a stimulating and exciting experience.  We want our pupils to view themselves as authors from an early age and we use our growth mindset learning environment to draft, share, edit and improve until we can publish and share our writing as authors throughout the school. 

Technical accuracy is an important part of our writing and we embed this within our writing lessons in the same way sub-editors do when editing authors’ first drafts.  All pupils have a wide variety of stimulus -  from high quality texts to the use of film and drama.  Drama workshops allow pupils to enter the world of a story and bring depth and emotion to a pupil's writing once they have experienced a dilemma in a workshop.  What could be more inspirational for writing a persuasive argument as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream than experiencing being a member of Duke Theseus’ courtroom?  Only once the pupils have experienced being evacuated in World War II can they make sense of and compose a historical report fit for a non-fiction shelf.  

Special events such as end of term showcases highlight our innovative approach to drama and public speaking.  All pupils are trained in presenting to adults at exhibitions to develop their public speaking skills and they are able to do this confidently through ownership and a deep understanding of their writing pieces.  Our now infamous annual Poetry Café delights our parent community every year as do our dramatic ensemble performances where every pupil has the opportunity to shine. View an example, here.

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