English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching. For pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum.
Language skills are developed from one year to the next, building on what has gone before. At all times the emphasis is on being able to communicate effectively through both the spoken and written word. Pupils are encouraged to speak with confidence before an audience and write appropriately, using good grammatical constructions and exciting vocabulary.
As well as insisting on good grammar, spelling and punctuation, we want children in The Buchan School to be able to write expressively and with feeling. In the Hall Caine Creative Writing competition we have been the overall primary school winner and have won commendations or special mentions every year.
A love of reading is seen as vital to learning. The Prep School Library provides a bright comfortable and cosy place for pupils to browse, read and research. It is well stocked with a good range of fiction and non-fiction books and a healthy budget enables it to be kept up to date with latest releases and best sellers. Children’s independence is encouraged from an early age by using a borrowing system the children can manage themselves.
Regular and unobtrusive assessments are used to inform teaching and to help set targets for all pupils, enabling them to move forward in their literary skills. Every child is supported to reach their potential, while being inspired and excited about revelling in the wonder of words.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, a philosopher, once said
The limits of my language are the limits of my world
Thus we try to ensure that through the teaching of English the world becomes an exciting and unlimited place for our pupils.