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English is central to the entire curriculum and key to all learning. It is through speaking, listening, reading and writing that children learn to understand the world in which they live. Therefore, teaching English is paramount at The Gower School. We aim to foster and develop each child’s ability to communicate effectively in oral and written contexts, with confidence and flair.
Reading and spelling are taught through a wide variety of phonetically-based Montessori materials in the Lower School and more abstract methods are used in the Upper School.
Writing and reading are an integral part of the school day. We encourage both creative writing and poetry writing, and each year our Form 5/6 children publish their poetry in a book. Our children also enter creative writing competitions, and several have won these and seen their work published.
Grammar, spelling and comprehension are taught separately throughout the school.
Recent English language teaching-related events have included:
The Gower School also organises annual events such as World Book Day, Poetry Recitation Week, Public Speech Writing/Making and a special ‘Meet the Author’ week to maintain the children’s interest and involvement in English language.