'A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others,’ Abraham Lincoln.
English is a main international language and as such, its mastery is a pre-requisite for life. The study of English develops children’s abilities to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, and to a variety of audiences, and in so doing enables them to use language to learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings. The study of English is the foundation for all the learning that takes place in our school and the acquisition of Literacy skills empower the learner and are essential for independent learning and most aspects of everyday life.
We aim to develop students’ abilities within an integrated programme of Speaking & Listening, Reading & Writing. Students will be given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced approach to the teaching of English across the curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills.
At Alice Smith School we strive for children to be a ‘Primary Literate Pupil.’ By the age of 11 we aim for a child to be able to:
• Read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct.
• Have an interest in books and read for enjoyment.
• Have an interest in words, their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
• Understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation.
• Be developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
• Have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.
At the Alice Smith School, whilst building the essential literacy knowledge and skills, we also encourage and foster a genuine passion for the spoken and written word. In support of the rich and varied curriculum, there are regular sessions with visiting authors, writing workshops, opportunities to be involved in public speaking, assemblies, poetry recitals, book clubs and debating groups all aimed at inspiring a love of expressive language.
There are two well resourced libraries at the Primary Campus, which continue to grow beyond their vast print collections through the introduction of eBooks. The libraries are run by a Teacher-Librarian assisted by a team of librarians.