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At Grimsdell, we recognise that the key areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing are fundamental to children’s learning. We appreciate the pre-eminent place that the study of English has in education and in society: it is the key that unlocks all areas of the curriculum.

“Literacy is the foundation for all other learning, the means by which youngsters develop critical thinking skills. It is the vehicle through which humans can make sense of our world and ourselves” (Raphael, 2000).

We are committed to providing a high-quality education in Literacy. The Literacy curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017) and the National Curriculum English Programmes of Study (2014). We promote high standards of Literacy by equipping children with the skills of spoken and written language, whilst developing a love of reading.

We provide a progressive and differentiated Literacy curriculum; a creative and reflective approach is taken in learning how to speak, read, write and listen. Children’s understanding of grammar and language skills are articulated in speaking and writing tasks, enabling pupils to effectively transfer these skills across the curriculum and in the world around them. Children are provided with ample opportunities to practise and promote literacy skills in class assemblies, role-play and hot seating, school events (such as Grandparent’s Tea), whole school performances and productions. We ensure that all pupils have a confidence to communicate for both a purpose and for their enjoyment.

Children in Years 1 and 2 have the facility to enhance further their communication and performance skills through participation in LAMDA. Our LAMDA exam programme seeks to unlock the imagination, support creative thinking and build an appreciation for poetry and drama. Children learn the importance of movement and body language, understand voice projection and clarity of speech, develop self-confidence and become better communicators. Established as a centre of excellence in performance training, LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) is the oldest drama school in the UK and has a prestigious reputation across the globe. LAMDA provides an examination syllabus that has been carefully refined and developed over many years by experts in education, acting and communication. This framework measures progress against an international standard and is designed to equip learners with a range of skills that will serve them throughout life.