English is recognised as being of paramount importance within the curriculum. We believe that English is a subject in its own right but is also a tool for instruction and learning in all other areas of the curriculum.
English at Blackheath Prep is based on the National Curriculum but enriched and extended to challenge and interest the children. We divide literacy into the following areas: creative writing, non-fiction, poetry, reading and reading comprehension, grammar and punctuation, spelling and dictation, handwriting, speaking and listening. Wherever possible, we find opportunities to develop cross-curricular links so the children write for a wide range of purposes and audiences. We aim to develop in each child a real enjoyment of reading and a love of writing creatively.
Children are taught English by their form teachers in the Pre-Prep. From Year 3 onwards, English is increasingly taught by specialist subject teachers. All teaching is in mixed ability form groups where children may work independently, in pairs, or in small groups with an adult, depending upon their task or their ability. We provide extra support for those children who are finding aspects of the subject difficult or for those who need further challenge. In this way we endeavour to tailor the curriculum to each child’s individual needs, thus enabling them to achieve their potential.
We have a beautiful, well-stocked library housed in the school’s former chapel. The library is divided into fiction and non-fiction sections and has both a study area for research and a cosy area with sofas and cushions where children can curl up to enjoy a good read.