Our children benefit from a highly specialised curriculum in English which enables them to gain a solid grasp of the spoken and written word.
They have access to the finest teaching in elocution and performing arts which means they are able to master public speaking ad communicate with clarity from a very young age. From year 1 upwards, they participate in our annual Elocution Cup Competition where they recite and perform a poem of their choice.
In class, the children benefit from a ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. Essentially, the children start a unit of work with a ‘cold task’ which provides a baseline for personalised target setting. Through the use of exciting hooks and engaging model texts, the children develop text maps and toolkits which enables them to internalise particular styles of writing and ‘magpie’ good ideas. They finish the unit with a ‘hot task’ where they can showcase their newly acquired skills. This acts as a basis for comparison in order to measure progress. The children thrive on and enjoy the process of writing as they are given examples of best practice upon which to innovate and compose their own writing. They benefit greatly from strong teaching in spelling, grammar, punctuation and comprehension. Our Year 6 SATs results, which exceed national standards, are indicative of this.
Our children regularly enter story writing competitions with great success. Twenty-two of our children were recently shortlisted by the Young Writer’s Guild to be published in their book entitled ‘Spooky Sagas’.
There are numerous opportunities for our children to perform and be applauded. We have an annual school production which is performed at the prestigious Theatre Royal in Margate. Children also perform at Easter, Christmas and Harvest festivals which are very much enjoyed by our staff and families.