The study of English develops children’s skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing for a wide range of purposes, so using language to learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings, it enables children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively. At St. Edward's Catholic Primary School, we aim to develop a love for the English language in its written and spoken forms. We are committed to delivering a broad and engaging curriculum in order to enable our pupils to become confident, independent and effective speakers, listeners, readers and writers.
At St. Edward's, we aim to provide an environment for language development that is stimulating and characterised by high expectations of success. Children's writing is celebrated in every school display and expectations of children's presentation are high. English is shared and celebrated inside and outside of the classroom through:
The children in Key Stage 1 thoroughly enjoyed watching The Frog Prince. When children were asked if they would recommend the show to their friends, these were their responses:
We also asked the children if they liked the show and what their favourite part was:
The children Key Stage 2 went to the Alexander Theatre to see David Walliams' 'Awful Auntie' - they had a wonderful time and some children have taken the time to pass on their reviews:
What is the show about?
-The show is about Awful Auntie murdering Lady Saxby's family.
- It was about Awful Auntie trying to take the house for herself with her bird.
- It is about when a girl called Stella was in horror when she found out that her own Auntie poisoned her parents to get the house to herself.
- The show is about a girl called Stella who found herself in a tricky situation with her Awful Auntie Alberta who wanted to keep her house to herself.
Who would you recommend the show to and why?
- I would recommend this show to my Jiu Jitsu teacher because he likes action.
- I would recommend this show to my sisters because they both like comedy and this seemed like a comedy play. They are 18 and 20 - perfect age to watch!
- I would recommend this to my Mum and Dad because they like Roald Dahl and it is kind of like him.
I would recommend it to my Mum because she likes drama and comedy.
What did you like about the show? What might you change to make it even better?
- I think they could add more sound effects in the play so that it is more exciting. I also think that they could change the outfits of the characters.
- I liked the pranks in the play. I would have liked more pranks on the auntie.
- I liked every part of the show; there was nothing that could have made it better! If I could rate it out of 10, I'd give it 10!
- I liked the show because it had lots of action. I would have changed the car for a dirt bike!
We are developing our English curriculum and we have been focusing on high quality texts recommended by Pie Corbett (https://www.scholastic.co.uk/piecorbett/resources). Each class has been allocated a range of books and the children have been learning all about the characters, settings and language used by the authors. Each class has now decorated their classroom door to highlight the text that they are currently studying. We are sure that you will agree that they look fabulous...