At Priors Hall ALC we strongly believe that all our pupils deserve the highest quality education in English. Through ‘quality first’ teaching, our children will learn to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, they will understand and evaluate the views of others.

We encourage a love of reading in particular, as it will give our pupils the chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We ensure we have a daily ‘protected’ story time for the children to listen to books being read by an adult. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. By exposing children to a range of high quality texts, we aim to increase and improve their vocabulary beyond that which they hear or use in everyday speech. In addition to this, every year group is introduced to a new ‘Word of the Week’, where the children develop a deep understanding of the word, which contributes to a rich bank of vocabulary.

All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society. Our pupils therefore, will learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently; they will be prepared for a future in which they have all the tools to succeed.

Our English team is made up of Mrs Ellis (Writing Lead), Miss Muir (Writing Lead), Mrs Briscoe (Phonics Lead) and Mrs Brazier (Phonics Lead).