Children are invited to explore texts and concepts individually, and group work is promoted to ensure ideas can be appreciated from multiple perspectives. Developing confident communication skills is imperative and our aim is to support children in their path to becoming articulate, literate individuals, with convincing and engaging opinions. We promote the learning of key skills through a variety of creative avenues, including: writing, speaking and listening, structured essay writing, drama, art and media.
In English lessons at Belmont, children are taught both Literature and Language skills. In Language lessons, children are given the opportunity to develop skills that are vital for the 21st century: the ability to structure their own arguments, written in a variety of forms, and the skill of analysing non-fiction texts. In Literature, teachers prioritise the importance of developing empathy within children. Through studying a wide variety of genres, literary periods and themes, children are able to become more critical about the world that they live in, considering people’s experiences from a breadth of classes, cultures and eras. Reading is central to the development of children’s literacy skills, but also the promotion of reading for pleasure is at the forefront of the department’s ethos.
Outside of the English classroom, children are given a wealth of opportunities to develop their learning through extra-curricular events. Reading is central to the development of children’s literacy skills, but also the promotion of reading for pleasure is at the forefront of the department’s ethos. Each year, there are numerous events run in conjunction with the library, such as House Readathon, ‘Reading Week’ and various author visits. Additionally, the English department promote and encourage children to partake in competitions to extend and challenge their skills in English, including BBC 500-Word Stories, IAPs Performance Poetry and National Poetry Day.