The teaching and learning of English at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall is based on the following beliefs:
- Teaching and learning should be fun.
- The texts and novels being studied should be relevant to pupils’ lives and educational requirements.
- Pupils’ strengths and weaknesses should be recognised, giving all pupils the opportunity to achieve in English and to be challenged in their areas of strength and supported where they require it.
- Acquire and develop necessary language and linguistic skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in order to communicate effectively.
We encourage our pupils to recognise that they have different strengths in English and our varied and differentiated approach to teaching allows all pupils to learn in a way that suits them and which also challenges and supports them in their areas of strengths and weaknesses.
The curriculum is divided up into units which fall into the following categories: Narrative, Non-fiction and Poetry. Pupils are taught to express and reflect, inform and explain, evaluate and judge, inquire and explore and analyse and interpret. In addition, they are encouraged to investigate the use of language, literary and rhetorical devices in poetry, literary works, speeches and a variety of non-fiction texts providing them with vital skills for their future school careers.
Instilling a love of literature and language
Learning and understanding are achieved by enthusiastic child-centred teaching delivered by passionate and experienced English specialists. We use Drama improvisations, debates, visiting speakers and authors, theatre performances, film, book fairs, workshops and graphic novels to bring literature to life for the children and provide inspiration. Within all our activities, direction is given in the use of grammar, spelling, a wide ranging vocabulary and language structure, so that our pupils will express themselves clearly and coherently throughout all their academic work. Annual World Poetry Days, Verse Speaking and Spelling Bee and Writing competitions add further opportunities to extend pupils’ skills.
The use of technology is an integral part of our curriculum and is used effectively throughout the English department, as an important part of a modern communication programme. The use of the interactive whiteboard varies from being used for quick starter activity games, to the modelling of writing, textual analysis and pupils delivering their own power point presentations. We also regularly use ICT, flip camcorders and digital cameras to enable pupils to convey their comprehension and express themselves through different mediums.
We endeavour to develop the imagination and creativity of our pupils and instil a deep-rooted interest in English with a love of literature that will remain with them beyond school life.