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English Curriculum - Pre-Prep and Prep School

Language Skills

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English teach our pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.

All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

Attainment Levels

By the end of their Prep School education we aim for all our pupils to:



The Reception class follows the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum. English work is related to the objectives set out in the practice guidance working towards Early Learning Goals (ELG) which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five. All pupils are given the opportunity to talk and communicate in a widening range of situations, to respond to adults and to each other, to listen carefully, and to practise and extend their range of vocabulary and communication skills. They have the opportunity to explore, enjoy, learn about, and use words and text in a range of situations.


In Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) units of work have been adapted to meet the needs of the pupils. These units are structured to form a scheme of work for each year group with an appropriate balance of fiction and non-fiction work units.


The Development of Speaking and Listening is achieved by:


The Development of Reading is achieved by:


The Development of Writing is achieved by:


The Development of Spelling is achieved by:


The Development of Handwriting is achieved by: