We are passionate about reading at Kingswood House and one of our principal aims is to ensure that our pupils become inspired and accomplished readers of all kinds of literature.
The teaching of English is, of course, an instrumental part of this process and pupils enjoy reading and exploring books and poems throughout the school. To support this, we have timetabled reading periods which provide further opportunities to read both independently and with others.
We also have a Reading Club, and a Paired Reading Club in which older boys support younger boys in their reading.
The school has an excellent library and each classroom is well-stocked with its own mini-library. We stand by the belief that literature is worth studying for its own sake, whilst always ensuring that the boys are well-prepared for their exams.
We teach our boys to become accomplished writers in creative, analytical, informative and persuasive contexts; we encourage them to develop an extensive vocabulary, and we take grammar very seriously as something which forms the foundation blocks for effective and engaging communication.
In all of this, we want our boys to appreciate that using language well is fun, satisfying and rewarding.
What some our pupils have to say…
Elliott Leupolz, Year 8: ‘Books can take you to places you could never reach in real life – and you don’t even need to leave the sofa!’
Caleb Poulson, Year 8: ‘English is very personal. We can explore so many interesting ideas through literature, and it is not about being right or wrong!’
Angelo Cooper, Year 5: ‘English is full of fun activities. I love making up characters and using them in stories and I love adding descriptive words to my writing. Once I start a story, I have to finish.’
Theo Moffatt, Year 2: ‘I like English because I am proud of my story-writing. I like to write about all sorts of things but my favourite was “The Huge Pumpkin”.’
Some of the books we read together, from Pre-Prep through to Year 8
Katie Morag – Island Stories by Mairi Hedderwick
Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr
Chimney Child by Laurie Sheehan
The Mousehole Cat by Antonia Barber
Theseus and the Minotaur by Pierce Feirtear
King Arthur by Andrew Matthews and Peter Utton
The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
Kensuki’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
Skellig by David Almond
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
A Medal for Leroy by Michael Morpurgo
Journey’s End by R.C. Sherriff
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne