‘Literacy skills are particularly highly developed, and enthralling creative writing is regularly produced.’ ISI inspection, 2011.

At Ashdell Prep School we believe that English is a fundamental component of the whole curriculum and it is pivotal for all learning in every curriculum area.  For this reason our dedicated team of English teachers strive to deliver a curriculum that is creative, motivating and challenging from Reception (EYFS) to Year Six.

We aim to ensure pupils become enthusiastic, fluent, responsive readers who learn and gain pleasure from the written word. Our recent inspection report stated:

‘Pupils read fluently and with confidence, and are delighted to demonstrate these skills in lessons.’  ISI inspection, 2011.

Pupils are actively encouraged to develop their personal reading. The school Library is well stocked and continually updated. Visiting Book Fairs provide further popular titles and latest releases for purchase. The love of reading is also promoted through visiting authors and theatre companies, as well as celebrating National Poetry Day and World Book Day.

At Ashdell we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities to develop and extend the language skills of all pupils.  We are keen to promote a cross-curricular approach wherever possible and the English Department has strong links to ICT, Art and Humanities. Through a wide range of activities and high quality teaching resources, our objective is to develop in our pupils the ability to communicate effectively in speech, drama and in writing, and to listen with understanding.

‘In all lessons, interviews and informal conversations, the pupils were articulate, open and effective in explaining their views and feelings.’  ISI inspection, 2011.

The quality of written work created by the children can be seen all around the school.  We encourage the children to be writers and we have even published our own ‘We are Writers’ poetry book showcasing every child’s work in the school.

Drama and dance are an integral part of our English curriculum and we have specialist timetabled lessons for all of the children in school. Our Pre-Prep and Prep productions are always an enjoyable experience for all of the children who exude such confidence on stage! Our recent productions include:  The Nativity (Pre-Prep), Oliver, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Macbeth.

We hope that this information has given you a taster of our exciting English curriculum here at Ashdell and we look forward to showing you our department in person.

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