Developing a good use of English is a fundamental part of primary learning. By providing a language rich environment, children are encouraged to develop good communication skills and express their ideas both orally and in written form. Reading is given a high priority, not just as a vital skill to be acquired but as a pleasurable activity to be valued for its own sake.
Parents are encouraged to share reading books with their children from the earliest stages. Phonic skills are taught from Nursery using the Read Write inc.' Phonics Scheme.
Children throughout the school participate in oracy, reading and writing every week. They are encouraged to use and their knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and their skills in planning and composition; they also improve work through a process of editing and redrafting. Throughout Key Stages 1 and 2 children work on developing a joined and legible handwriting style.