We believe in teaching English through real experiences following the National Curriculum. There are four main aspects of language development: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
As all parents are aware, children first learn to speak by listening to adults. Language throughout life, and especially at the primary school stage, is constantly being refined, and listening to different forms of speech is an important part of this refinement process.
As the most common use of language, speech is obviously important. We seek to encourage purposeful talk. We encourage the children to communicate their ideas and questions clearly and accurately but not at the cost of destroying their pleasure in the use of language. Speech is seen as a springboard for both reading and writing.