English at Hillbrook
At Hillbrook, we believe that everyone, no matter their starting point, can and will learn and progress in English. Our long-term aim is to teach an ambitious, connected curriculum accessible to all pupils from Nursery to Year 6. We want to give children an education of the highest standard and aim for excellence in all of our lessons.
We believe that literacy is the root structure which allows all other areas of learning to flourish and the acquisition of core literacy skills is central to our teaching and learning. We want all children to enjoy English, to experience success in the ability to read, write, speak and listen and to use these skills to unlock the wonders of the wider curriculum as well as embrace the wealth of opportunities in the world beyond school.
We believe that language is a powerful tool for learning and social development and are committed to developing spoken language in our pupil’s development. We want all children to be able to express themselves confidently, have the vocabulary to be able to communicate articulately and the ability to structure their thoughts so that they make sense to others.
We know that reading plays a particularly powerful role in every child’s development. We want our pupils to become life-long readers who appreciate the importance of reading to acquire knowledge but also value books as a source of enjoyment.
We know that speaking and listening, reading and writing, go hand in hand; children need to be capable and fluent speakers, listeners and readers in order to become capable and fluent writers. We want our pupils to leave Hillbrook being able to write clearly, accurately and coherently, with the ability to adapt their language and style to a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
We believe that the power of literacy lies not just in the ability to read, write, speak and listen but rather in a person’s ability to apply these skills to effectively communicate, connect and make sense of the world in which we live. We want our children to not only function in an ever-changing world, but to thrive.