Our school is committed to attaining the highest standards in this subject as our Key Stage 2 results testify. (92% at Level 5).
We begin at the Foundation Stage as we mean to continue, introducing a variety of schemes to secure a good grounding in reading and writing and speaking and listening so that all our pupils begin to communicate successfully both orally and in written forms very quickly.We follow the National Curriculum but we also aim to attain competence and in time excellence, at a broader spectrum of challenges, which include Common Entrance Examinations, the full range of LAMDA exams, a subject taught as a class activity rather than on a one to one basis and internal public speaking assignments, which include Bible readings and individual presentations at our weekly Assemblies.
This is a lively department, dedicated to developing each pupil's awareness and enjoyment of language, guiding them towards independence so that they begin to initiate and evaluate learning through a variety of literature and non-fiction writing, ranging from newspaper articles to exploring the Yellow Pages!
Imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness are only a few of the rewards on offer, thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of the specialist teachers who begin their hard work in the Reception Year. Key Stage One results in the subject are equally impressive.
This subject also benefits by a comprehensive programme of visits, aimed to introduce the children to a variety of experiences which in turn challenge and shape their communication skills.
Drama is developed through a range of presentations during the year, culminating to a full scale production in December. Teamwork is an important aspect of life at St. John's and there is no better place to learn these skills but on the stage. All pupils participate, which makes the whole experience very worthwhile and enjoyable.
Under the expert guidance of our visiting Globe Theatre actor, all boys and girls in Year 6 prepare and present Shakespeare at Hatfield House as part of their graduation ceremony. As they face the ultimate challenge, they come to realise how far indeed, they have come.