English permeates every aspect of Lower School life whether solving mathematical word problems, recording scientific investigations or role playing life in a Victorian School, excellence in English is essential to success.

Our Aims

Through the teaching of English, we aim to:

  • develop our children’s imaginations
  • foster a love of language and literature
  • equip our young people to become independent thinkers and good communicators

The journey starts with learning to become a confident speaker, reader and writer and ends with the ability to use reading to learn and language to express ideas in speech and writing.


English is delivered as a spiral curriculum, allowing skills to be developed as children move through the school.  Our young people are encouraged to plan and evaluate their work so they have a clear idea of their achievements and how they need to progress.

Schemes of work are based upon the 2014 National Curriculum, with the foundations laid for 11+ and Common Entrance preparation.

Speaking and Listening

  • Participation in school concerts and assemblies
  • Year 5 prepare and present a piece of performance poetry/ prose adjudicated by a panel of English specialists
  • Hot seating characters, role play and debates
  • Year 5 current affairs discussions


  • A levelled reading scheme covering fiction and non-fiction genre to support reading fluency, accuracy and understanding in Years 2 and 3
  • Reading comprehension is taught as a specific skill in each year group
  • Class readers and weekly timetabled Library slots to share books


  • Children are taught to plan, check, revise and evaluate their work
  • Key elements for creative writing are taught through poetry, stories and descriptions
  • Applied writing styles covered include: reports, explanations, persuasion, diaries, instructions and letters
  • A joined, cursive handwriting script is taught


  • Patterns, rules and strategies are taught to help children spell groups of words and common exception words
  • Accurate sentence structure, grammar rules and punctuation are taught


Beyond the classroom, Lower School children experience the creative diversity of English through:

  • Workshops
  • Themed days including: World Book Day, National Poetry Day, Roald Dahl Day
  • Theatre trips
  • Public Speaking Club (Year 5)
  • Historical Writing Competition (Year 5)

Lower School English – Camilla Coates

01372 372197