We instil a love of reading and writing from the child’s earliest days in school and these skills are given high priority. We teach reading mainly through a phonic approach although other methods are used if appropriate.
Lessons seek to stimulate creativity, imagination and a lifelong passion for literature. We incorporate the latest technology into our teaching, making lessons modern and interactive, and enabling pupil collaboration. Children are encouraged to share and celebrate their ideas with an audience, often entering their written work into national competitions or blogs, and creating and performing play scripts or stories for other children in the school. From age 7 in Year 3, we set the children by ability and teach them in smaller groups.
Pupils are exposed to a variety of genres, from poetry and creative writing to advertisements and newspaper articles. Throughout the school, they enjoy studies of novels by a wide range of of authors both classical and modern. In Year 6, the children get the chance to study the life and works of William Shakespeare, culminating in a visit to The Globe and a performance of one of The Bard’s plays.
Throughout the academic year, English is brought to life through poetry recital competitions, book weeks, trips to the theatre, debating competitions, drama workshops, and visits by published authors. Prospect House children leave the school as avid readers and confident communicators, well able to use the written and spoken word to persuade, entertain, amuse, educate and enlighten.