Using national strategies as a framework, our aim is to offer stimulating and enjoyable English lessons which develop each individual child’s potential and ability to speak articulately, read confidently and produce accurate and engaging written work.

Inspectors have noted the very high standard of creative writing at Chandlings. In order for creativity to flourish and develop, we believe that the foundations of literacy must be strong; hence, we use a synthetic phonics approach in the Pre-Prep when teaching reading, writing and spelling. In all years, our programmes of study include the specific teaching of grammar and handwriting. Throughout the school, children read and write a variety of age-appropriate fiction and non-fiction texts.

Children’s interest in reading, supported by our well-stocked school library and qualified librarian, is fostered within the classroom through exposure to a wide range of lively texts and amplified by regular theatre trips, author visits and the exciting events of our biennial Book Week.


Organisation of teaching:


Pre-Prep children have daily English lessons. Some of these may be organised in ability groups, for example reading with RWI synthetic phonics, others are in mixed ability classes taught by the class teacher.

All children take a reading book home every evening and short but frequent reading practice is recommended. Carefully differentiated spelling homework is set each week.


Prep Department

In Year 3, children have daily English lessons in mixed ability groups taught by their class teacher.

In Years 4, 5 and 6, daily lessons are taught by members of the English department in groups which suit the children’s needs and abilities.

Throughout the Prep Department, children are taught in differentiated spelling groups by both English teachers and the Learning Support Department.

Homework and spelling tests are set weekly in the Prep Department and, each evening, children are also expected to spend a little time reading.


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