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Staff are aware that English is the key to all other learning, as well as to the formation of relationships with others.

Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 teachers have a shared understanding of the teaching of Literacy in the early years so the English block each day in every classroom includes guided reading, guided writing and opportunities for the development of oral language. Books are read to the children, who are encouraged to read often at a level which will support success.

In Stage 2 and Stage 3 classrooms, students’ learning of reading and writing skills continues, with the emphasis on reading and writing as a path to learning. Oral expression in the form of sharing the results of research or proposing a personal view are often untilised. All students in Yrs 5 & 6 engage in public speaking and enter the Diocesan Public Speaking competition.

As far as possible, English activities are integrated with other areas of learning so that the skills of reading writing, talking and listening have a purpose and are, therefore, relevant to the students.