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“Teachers should develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.”                                                              National Curriculum (DfE 2014)

We believe that when children are given exciting experiences, from any stimulus, they can be inspired. They will not only learn to develop their own ideas but then share them through spoken and written communication. We aim to teach literacy by providing these stimulating experiences and help motivate children to enjoy and understand their learning through all subjects. Through these positive experiences we endeavour to equip children with the language skills they need to become effective communicators and language users as members of their community and the wider world. English is taught in the context of a broad and balanced curriculum and is guided by the structure of the Primary National Curriculum 2014.


January 2017Introducing the Word of the Week, a new Write Stuff initiative to increase opportunities to build children’s vocabulary.

Each year group will be given a new word every week. Teachers will introduce the word and focus on it during the week in, for example, class discussions. The resource caters for Years 2 – 6, however St Bernard’s has included Year 1 too with an appropriate word! It all starts on Monday 9th January and the Headmaster will be launching the initiative during his Monday assemblies. Parents – we need your help too! You will be updated every week with the new word, so you can use them as well!

Thank you for your support – Mrs A Verma, Head of English

Week No

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Week 5








World Book Day 2017

St. Bernard's Prep. celebrated our love of books and reading on Friday 3rd of March. The children participated with gusto and we had an amazing array of book characters present. Class prizes were awarded, but the overall effort and standard of the costumes was stunning. A big Thank You to all.







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