The teachers in the department aim to:
We aim to help pupils to develop as confident speakers. We give our pupils opportunities to speak in class, both to the teacher and to fellow pupils. We foster an atmosphere in which each pupil feels that his opinion is valued and listened to courteously. We also encourage pupils to offer rigorous constructive criticism so that they become used to justifying and supporting opinions with coherent argument.
English encompasses all aspects of learning. It encompasses basic literacy skills, including spelling and punctuation. These are taught formally throughout the school. Basic sentence structures and grammar are taught formally, extending to more complicated grammatical concepts higher up the school.
English involves looking at a range of written texts, from novels and poems to non-fiction of all kinds. Children are given opportunities to read a wide range of texts and to respond to them, orally, in writing, individually and in groups.
The study of English involves the use of logic, rational thinking, deduction and inference. Throughout their time at St Anthony’s, pupils are encouraged to develop logical thinking.
The study of English also involves aesthetic responses and pupils are encouraged to derive pleasure from a variety of writing, for example, rhyme, rhythm and alliteration. Pupils are given opportunities to enjoy English and to develop aesthetically. For example, they can enjoy theatre trips, poems, short stories, without necessarily having to do work connected to this.
Speaking and listening are essential aspects of English and pupils are always encouraged to be good and active listeners, as well as confident speakers.
Skills and habits developed and learned at school can have lifelong effects, for example, a love of learning, an understanding of grammar. St. Anthony’s encourages pupils to read widely and to derive pleasure from reading. A wide range of strategies are employed to foster a love of literature.
The study of English can help pupils to develop creativity. Throughout the school, pupils are given opportunities to think, speak and write creatively in a range of formats.