English at Charlton House
English is central to every pupil’s life at Charlton House. Whether discussing a topic in history or explaining the outcomes of a science experiment, the language used is English. A passion for reading and writing is therefore at the heart of our curriculum, as we believe it is our responsibility to enable children to communicate effectively, sensitively and with confidence. Children from Year R to Year 6 are encouraged to do this through both the spoken and written word, with the aim of developing an excitement and enthusiasm for rich literature and language.
Our work is based around good quality literature, so the pupils develop a knowledge and understanding of a range of fiction and factual texts, as well as poetry. Skills in reading, spelling, handwriting and the correct use of grammar and punctuation are continually reinforced.
Our recently refurbished beautiful library occupies an entire third of our expansive top floor. With its sweeping views across the city of Southampton, it provides a colourful yet serene environment where our children can become lost in literature. We study a range of high quality, contemporary and classic fiction, non-fiction and poetry; from the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt to the futuristic worlds of modern sci-fi; from the letters of Churchill to the slums of Dickens’ London; from the trenches of the First World War to 1984, Hogwarts and beyond.