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At The Granville we aim to ensure that our pupils become fully literate and articulate and are able to communicate with clarity and precision in a variety of different contexts and for a range of different purposes. In lessons they have numerous opportunities for speaking and listening and teachers model appropriate language structures and conventions in order for the pupils to learn and feel confident when expressing themselves.

We encourage the capacity for critical thinking and appreciation through the study of a wide range of texts, both literary and non-fiction and we offer many opportunities for discussion. Teachers encourage the girls to voice opinions and to justify their thinking in order for them to gain a deeper understanding and to enable them to fully appreciate everything that they read.

Above all, we aim to teach pupils how to enjoy literature and to be confident when reading texts, discussing them and writing their own. Great emphasis is placed in the lower part of the school on learning to read as the foundation for all aspects of this subject and pupils have access to a wide range of books and other texts across a range of media. The skills acquired at an early age are then applied to a wide range of increasingly challenging tasks as the children move through the school. In Years 5 and 6 a wide selection of classic and modern literature is introduced, which is used for analysis and discussion and as a model for pupils’ own writing.

Written English is taught in work arising from a range of different texts and pupils are taught the appropriate style, language and features of different types of writing. We believe that a mature prose style can only be achieved if pupils have a sound grasp of the mechanics of the language, therefore grammar, punctuation and vocabulary work form a significant part of the syllabus. There are, of course, many opportunities for creative written work as well.

By the time they leave Granville, our aim is for the children to have developed a love of literature. They will be able to use language confidently and competently to express their ideas both in speaking and in written work and they will be fully equipped with the skills required to succeed in the next stage of their education.

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