Hampton Preparatory School

English Curriculum


English is capable of defining sentiments that the human nervous system is quite incapable of experiencing.
— Robert A Heinlein

Below is a brief outline of the English curriculum for each year group. Once your child is registered with us, you will receive an information pack which includes the full curriculum. If you would like to enquire online, please click here.

     Oral and written communication are vital life skills. The English curriculum, which encompasses speaking, listening, reading and writing, provides the foundation for life long learning. Good communicators are a necessity in the professional domain, and at Hampton Prep our aim is to equip and inspire our pupils to fulfil their potential.

     The English curriculum is designed to equip the children with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. All the children at Hampton Prep will learn to read for pleasure and information, and appreciate our rich literary heritage. They will acquire a wide vocabulary and a good understanding of grammar and punctuation - which is used to write accurately and clearly in a wide range of contexts, for different purposes and audiences. Our aim is to make the teaching of English truly inter-curricular, with writing activities linked to all subjects.

By introducing pupils to a wide range of literature, composition styles and technical knowledge, the English department aims to:

✎ Awaken and encourage a lifelong love of literature
✎ Enable the clear transmission of ideas through written and spoken language
✎ Encourage the discovery of 'voice' and 'style' in written pieces
✎ Develop accurate use of written and spoken English
✎ Use technology to enable clear and efficient communication
✎ Nurture comprehension skills to raise awareness of the world around them

Our English curriculum starts right from foundation stage (EYFS) all the way through to the end of year 8 when they are a few years away from G.C.S.E.