|Literacy and English at RCCS|
Through studying English at RCCS, our pupils develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. This enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. Our children learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts.
The study of English helps pupils understand how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Using this knowledge children can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations.
The English syllabus follows and exceeds the disciplines outlined in the National Curriculum and the National Literacy Strategy, and many of our children achieve excellent results in National Tests and Common Entrance examinations.
Literacy and English teaching at RCCS has the following key goals:
To introduce and encourage a wide variety of reading through both a structured reading programme and by encouraging positive personal reading habits;• To stimulate and encourage a clarity of expression in all areas of written and oral work and to develop creative writing in all its genres;
• To foster and develop interest in prose, poetry and drama;
• To improve technical skills in writing.
We aim to inspire our pupils to develop a love for the subject, whilst ensuring that they become proficient users of the language. All children are urged to read books, plays, poems, discursive articles, the internet and newspapers, and to give an informed, convincing opinion based on what they have read, seen or heard. Pupils are encouraged to use our well stocked library and effective use is made of the school's ICT facilities.
Furthermore, to enhance their learning, pupils at RCCS have many opportunities to watch performances at the theatre and to enjoy visits from authors and travelling theatre groups here at school.