"We have children at the heart of everything we do and understand the need to nurture the whole child both personally and academically."

Literacy and EAL

English lessons are planned for the needs of the children in the class using the Literacy Framework for England and Wales. We follow a multi-sensory approach to all the aspects of literacy and ensure the international nature of our school is reflected in the resources we use. When appropriate, English is taught within the framework of the International Primary Curriculum. Children have their own English targets which they work towards and regularly review with their class teacher. 

We use a structured programme for phonics, spelling and handwriting. We teach the children to write using a joined up script from reception. All the children take home reading books every day from our school’s reading scheme, which is based on the very popular scheme Oxford Reading Tree. Children are regularly listened to by the class teacher, at least twice a week. 

We are involved in the successful Power of Reading project, designed to engage teachers and children in the literacy curriculum.

The children also choose their own book from our school library. In additional to the formal library lessons at school, the children are encouraged to visit the library before or after the school day and change their own books. 


English as An Additional Language (EAL)
When new children arrive at the school, each child’s EAL needs are assessed.  In collaboration with the class teacher and parents, our EAL teacher plans an individual EAL programme. The aim of the programme is to enable the child to settle in, make friends and quickly gain confidence in English so they can make themselves understood and are able to access the curriculum. 

The way the lessons are planned depends on the needs of the individual child. In some cases, the EAL teacher supports the child in class, in others, the child's needs may be better met by small-group work.