Everyone values the skill of reading and attainment is high at Kings. A wide range of books is available in each classroom. The children bring their books home three times a week and the families read together offering a chance for further experience and sharing the pleasure of this wonderful skill as it develops.
Not many subjects permeate the curriculum in quite the same way as English does. To read and comprehend, to write effectively, to listen accurately, to articulate thoughts with clarity are skills required in all subjects. The foundation is laid in the pre-prep.
Grammar and punctuation are taught. It is simple of course and exercises to reinforce the full stop, the capital letter and simple use of speech marks are used. The real test is the accurate use of grammar and punctuation when writing stories and poetry and many achieve good understanding of these.
Listening skills are developed with particular emphasis on peer/peer listening and the fulfilment of tasks and instructions which have encouraged careful listening.
Ingenious ideas encourage the children to want to wrote stories, reports and poetry. The range is vast and often forms part of cross curricular work. Illustration enhances their efforts and a wide variety of written work is displayed for all to celebrate.
Spelling is taught in use and through the understanding of letter sounds and letter string patterns. Children are encouraged to try their own spellings, to use word books and dictionaries. Weekly spelling tests are given from the end of Year 1.
Handwriting is taught regularly as we believe that a fluent hand frees the mind for greater things! A joined script is taught from reception with each letter starting from the line. A high standard of lovely, fluent writing is achieved by all.