“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.”
An excellent grasp of skills
We aim to give our children a sound foundation in all the skills required in English so that they can become confident readers, writers and communicators. In order to do this we instill a love of reading from an early age and surround our children with a stimulating learning environment. Strong teaching in all aspects of grammar and writing from the Early Years to Year Six enables our children to flourish.
Books form a significant part of learning
At Lady Barn we believe that reading is the key to all learning and every child has access to a wealth of books in the classroom and department libraries.A huge variety of texts are available in the Early Years classrooms because looking at books forms a significant part of their learning from the very beginning. The Infants have their own, fully-stocked Library, which is used by classes formally each week, but is also accessible to individuals whenever books are ready for changing. The shelves are easily accessible for five and six year olds and the big bean bags make it very cosy. The Juniors have a vast Library in the attic of Langlands, run by our Librarians with help from a team of enthusiastic Year Five and Six pupils. These dedicated areas are all age appropriate and well-loved parts of the school.
To help promote reading and a love of literature throughout the school we regularly invite authors to come in and talk about their books. In recent years, the children have been inspired by Ciaran Murtagh, Phillip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre and Frank Cotrell Boyce, who spoke to the juniors as part of a national launch tour of his new ‘Chitty Chitty bang Bang’ novels. Local award winning author, Steve Hartley also visited and held writing workshops with our Year Five classes.Our close liaison with a local bookshop has enabled us to extend our range of contacts and experiences. For example, Jackie Morris, the illustrator of the narrative poem “Starlight Sailor” enthralled the Infants with her talk and drawings.The Young Shakespeare Company visits school annually to give Year Five and Six pupils a lively introduction to the work of Shakespeare by actively involving them in their productions. Trips to the theatre are also undertaken whenever possible, if suitable productions are available in the area. This range of experiences succeeds in helping Lady Barn to fully immerse the children in English literature and culture, thus supporting the excellent teaching in grammar, comprehension, writing and spelling, which they receive.Reading and spelling are introduced in the Early Years and each year builds on and consolidates these skills. The children are introduced to basic grammar rules from Kindergarten and Year One and by the time they leave us in Year Six they are able to use these skills competently and with style.Lessons throughout the school are delivered using a variety of mediums and approaches. ICT is used very effectively in many lessons, as it provides a valuable stimulus, especially in creative writing sessions.
Class reading books
From Year Two whole class readers are regularly used to help to develop the children’s vocabulary and encourage class discussions. Teachers also use these texts as a resource for creative writing, role-play and drama sessions. These texts vary in theme, author and provide a varied stimulus in every year group.
Mrs J Beardsworth – Head of English