“Pupils are taught to express themselves correctly and appropriately, as well as develop a love of reading.”
Why Study English?
At King’s Hall, we recognise literacy is fundamental to maximising pupil achievement. To this end, pupils are taught to express themselves correctly and appropriately, as well as develop a love of reading. To facilitate each child's learning we use a phonic approach to teach reading, writing and spelling. Telling stories gives our pupils the opportunity to think for themselves and use language to convey their thoughts, as well as listening to each other and the teacher. A focus on storytelling, acting out favourite stories and adapting well-known tales, all help provide a firm foundation for this. These skills are taught through to the age of 13.
In addition to emphasising the importance of language skills (spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting), the English department seeks to develop an active and creative learning environment. The curriculum, from the earliest stage in the Pre-Prep through to preparation for Common Entrance and Scholarship in the Prep, is formulated as a spiral to ensure a more developed, profound and integrated approach to learning. It is kept vibrant and meaningful through the introduction of new texts, ICT, cross-curricular activities and trips, drama and theatre trips.
The curriculum is further invigorated through creative activities such as the shadowing of the Carnegie Book Prize, entry into writing competitions, and all the activities included in our annual literary celebrations. The King's Hall Literature Festival is an opportunity for pupils to extend the horizons of their creative imaginations through a wide range of workshops, projects and experiences. During the week, pupils throughout the school meet storytellers, authors and poets, and are able to participate in a range of storytelling, poetry and creative writing workshops.