English

The Falcons Pre-Prep endeavours to instil a love of literature and words; we try to ensure that through the teaching of English, the world becomes an exciting place for our boys. By planning creative and inspiring lessons, we expose pupils to a variety of literary styles while accommodating different types of learners. There are also many visits to the school from a wide range of professionals, including authors and actors who provide a range of exciting workshops.

In the Early Years, the boys cover English through the Literacy and Communication and Language aspects of the curriculum. They are taught phonics, handwriting and guided reading, alongside speaking and listening which are a priority from the outset. Speaking and listening is the vital part of Language and Literacy in Early Years; listening to stories, poems and patterns in language is crucial for language development.

The boys start phonics in Nursery after an initial assessment. Alphabet books are sent home, aimed to generate interest in reading. As the year progresses, boys move onto one-sentence books, supplemented by reading packs. In Reception, the boys consolidate and learn their sounds, using this for both reading and writing.

In Key Stage 1 the curriculum is taught through creative writing, handwriting, comprehension, grammar and guided reading. Speaking and listening is practised across all English lessons and the boys also have spelling tests each week. In Year 1, boys learn to write for a purpose while they continue to develop their grammatical skills and understanding. By Year 2, boys are writing independently, with a good command of descriptive language. They will have experience writing a range of persuasive, creative and factual composition including letters, diaries, reviews, poems and stories.

We have an extensive boy-targeted guided reading collection, a new scheme of daily reading books and a fully-stocked library which caters for a wide range of abilities and interests and encourages reading for pleasure as well as meaning.

Recent assessment data show 87% of our boys are making expected, good or excellent progress in reading and writing.