Every day at Eaton House Belgravia Prep starts with every boy reading to an adult. English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and, through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in this development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.
The overarching aim for English in our curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping boys with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
We aim to ensure that all pupils read easily, fluently and with good understanding and that they develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information. The acquisition of a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language are essential.
Developing literary skills
We focus on introducing boys to a range of genres, texts and writing styles. The boys are challenged to develop their critical literacy skills through a range of comprehension and composition tasks. We are committed to developing the boys' love of reading and their interest in relating the ideas presented in texts to the wider world.
As an extension to their coursework, boys are also encouraged to enter a range of creative writing competitions each term. These competitions are updated as they become available and include: the BBC 500 Words Short Story Competition, the Never Such Innocence World War One Poetry Competition and the SATIPS Poetry Competition.
Each term there is a particular house competition linked to the English learning area: public speaking, debating and poetry. These competitions provide an excellent opportunity for the boys to practise their presentation skills, such as verbal delivery, eye contact, gestures and stance. The competitions are a lot of fun and it's always terrific to see the incredible standard of performance in the finals year upon year!
Boys are encouraged to read widely from a range of genres to supplement their studies of class texts. All boys are welcome to borrow texts from the school library. If there are any particular texts that the boys would like to request, they can submit a request form and the text will be ordered for them.
At the end of the boys' prep career, we hope they leave with a lifelong love of literature, a passion for the written and spoken word, and the power to express their own ideas convincingly and articulately.