English

At Wetherby Kensington we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills. Through our English curriculum we help the boys to develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language as well as equipping them with the skills to become lifelong learners. We want our boys to genuinely enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety from an early age.

At Wetherby Kensington, our English lessons are broken into key subjects designed to develop crucial skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Proficiency in these areas allow for boys to communicate effectively and to express themselves creatively and imaginatively.

Subjects

English is taught through the following subjects:

  • daily reading
  • guided reading
  • phonics
  • creative writing
  • comprehension
  • spelling
  • grammar
  • speaking and listening

 At Wetherby Kensington, in conjunction with our curriculum delivery policy and through the planning, delivery and monitoring of a thorough English syllabus, we aim to:

  • Provide a rich and stimulating environment, where reading, writing, listening, and speaking are integrated
  • Provide an environment where children are encouraged to construct and convey meaning in reading, writing and speech, of factual, imaginary and personal experiences
  • Provide pupils with opportunities to become confident, competent and expressive users of language
  • Provide pupils with opportunities to be reflective users of language, developing the ability to analyses and evaluate its main features in a variety of situations
  • Develop pupils’ imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness through reading and writing
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation for fluent, legible handwriting
  • Develop the confidence in pupils to speak appropriately and perform in front of others
  • Foster an everlasting enthusiasm for all aspects of English
  • Adequately prepare pupils for their respective preparatory school entrance examinations
  • Promote and foster a lifelong ‘love of reading’ throughout the school

Throughout the year the boys are involved in activities such as World Book Day, Poetry Day, visiting author workshops and educational visits.