English at Marlborough House enables pupils to communicate their own thoughts through speaking and writing and to understand and respond to the thoughts of others through listening and reading. We use a variety of exciting and inspiring methods, aiming to capture pupils’ interest and imagination at all times.
To develop the children’s listening and speaking skills, the English Department offers many opportunities to share and communicate ideas. These include group and class reading sessions, drama activities and presentations. There are also extra-curricular activities such as our Debating Society and the English Speaking Board club.
Writing in all subjects is of a very high standard, showing clear evidence of critical thought and creativityISI Report June 2015
English develops every student’s ability to read fluently, to enjoy what is read and to interact meaningfully with a wide range of texts. A variety of approaches to learning to read are used, thus ensuring all children are successful in the early stages. Regular group and class reading sessions throughout the Prep school ensure that reading development maintains an important focus throughout the children’s education.
Children’s writing skills are developed through the sharing of personal experiences, writing imaginatively and in communicating facts, ideas and opinions. There are annual Creative Writing competitions for all our Prep School children and an annual autobiographical writing competition for those in Years 7 & 8. In addition we host visiting writers’ workshops for both able and more reluctant writers.
Pupils show a strong sense of social awareness. The development and mature awareness of fundamental social issues and the contribution they can make to resolving them through a wide range of activities including the study of modern literature and lively debatesisi report june 2015