English is taught at Corpus Christi as a standalone subject and across the topic-based creative curriculum.
Pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in every year group at Corpus Christi. We encourage pupils to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, to communicate with others effectively, and foster a love of reading as part of their education.
Throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Nursery and Reception study the Prime Area of Communication and Language, and Specific Area of Literacy as outlined in the 2012 Early Years Curriculum. The children receive daily phonics sessions taught through a combination of Letters and Sounds and the Letterland scheme.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts. We encourage performance with drama, assemblies and class talks throughout the year. Reading is continually promoted through Book Week, workshops, book fairs, trips, author visits, book swaps and our new school library. In writing, pupils become able to select and adapt what they say and write in different situations and for different audiences. Other aspects of English, such as spelling, handwriting, phonics and guided reading are taught within class and as discrete lessons during the week.
Above all, our aim is to make the exploration of the English language and literature a challenging and exciting experience.