English is at the heart of our culture and literacy skills are crucial to children’s learning across all subjects. Without literacy, all other learning is impossible and today’s young people will enter an adult world where they will read and write more than at any other time in human history.
At Ferndown Middle School, we teach children mastery and enjoyment of their own language. Our pupils learn to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others; through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
The English classroom is a place where we can all be excited by literature and language and where imagination and creativity is nurtured. We want to instil pupils with a love of reading so they develop the habit of reading widely and often, for pleasure and information throughout their lives. After all, ‘There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.’ – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis