English skills underpin almost every other subject, whether through reading, writing or speaking and listening skills. We aim to inspire our pupils with a love of reading, and an understanding of the power and beauty of what can be done with words.
Our Year 3-6 curriculum is built around the National Curriculum, ensuring that we cover key skills including spelling and grammar alongside and within our creative work. Each term or half-term, our work is centred around a whole book which provides the inspiration for a wide range of spoken and written activities. We might act out a scene, write a letter in role as one of the characters, create poetry, or write a story inspired by the book.
We also work closely with other departments such as Art, Music, History, Drama and ICT to create cross-curricular illustrations, presentations, projects and performances. Regular trips, events and visiting authors and illustrators help bring the world of poetry, books and spoken word alive.
The school library enjoys a central location in the school and had a complete refurbishment in April 2017, adding fun reading spaces and hidey-holes, new tables and chairs and two stunning wall murals painted by former Manor parent, Kevin Arrowood. It really is a special place to visit and is hugely popular with pupils of all ages. Staff are also encouraged to borrow books.
The Library lies at the heart of the learning process by which pupils are provided with the tools to become learners for life. Every pupil is timetabled to come to the Library at least once a week – Nursery and Reception classes enjoy shared stories with the Librarian, and from Year 1 onwards, fiction and non-fiction books may be borrowed on a weekly basis.
The Librarian runs a range of activities to foster a love of literature and research. These include Book Weeks with visiting authors and colourful Book Character Costume Parades, quizzes and competitions, as well as the very popular Pupil Librarian Scheme for children in Year 6.