English is the foundation for almost all learning which takes place in our school. Its mastery empowers the learner and is essential for independent learning, the world of work and most aspects of everyday life. In addition to approximately 5 hours of English lessons a week, children enjoy reading time and drama. Topics covered in school are reinforced for homework. Children develop their reading skills by working through the reading scheme (Ginn, All Aboard, Soundstart and ORT) at their own pace. Children are also encouraged to use the class libraries and to enjoy reading a variety of text.