English occupies a core position within the curriculum. The key English skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening underpin pupils’ learning in all curriculum areas. To this end, the aim of the department is to guide your child to become an effective communicator, at the same time as engendering a life-long love of literature and language. Furthermore, we want to support your child in developing an inquiring mind and an enthusiasm and curiosity for all that life has to offer. English develops skills and provides pupils with pleasure and broader horizons. Therefore we recognise the importance of activities which extend the curriculum outside the confines of the normal school day, such as after school activities; visiting authors, poets and illustrators; World Book Day; National Poetry Day; National Storytelling Week and school trips, to name but a few.