English forms the basis of much of the curriculum at Charlotte House; without the skills of competent reading, writing, speaking and listening, children would be unable to access learning in other subjects.

Girls gain confidence reading, starting with the decoding of simple books from a range of different reading schemes and progressing to become independent and enthusiastic readers of a huge variety of different types of literature. They visit the library every week and understand the importance of reading for pleasure, whatever their age.

Girls are supported in their writing and develop strong skills in recognising and creating different styles of written work. Attention to grammar, punctuation and spelling, balanced with the use of increasingly challenging vocabulary, ensure girls are well prepared for the various secondary school entrance examinations and scholarships. Verbal Reasoning lessons in Forms IV, V and VI complement English study and ensure that the breadth of vocabulary encountered and used is constantly explored and extended. All pupils are encouraged to enter writing competitions, including the Radio 2 500 Words competition, Haileybury’s Festival of Arts and Chorleywood Literary Festival.

Speaking and Listening skills are valued enormously at Charlotte House; the ability to listen thoughtfully and to speak aloud with confidence to different audiences ensures our girls are well equipped to communicate with the wider world. All girls perform in a play every year, from a Nativity Play in Nursery to Shakespeare in Form VI. Assemblies, meeting and escorting visitors, class debates, speaking at the School Council and Poetry Festivals are all excellent opportunities offered to develop dynamic speaking and presentation skills.


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