English is at the heart of the curriculum; it is the means through which all learning takes place.
At Sandroyd, we commit to providing our students with a stimulating programme, embracing all aspects of written and spoken language. Students are encouraged to give voice to their opinions in a secure and nurturing environment, building and strengthening key communicative skills imperative in today’s literate society.
Through a structured framework, ensuring effective balance and variety, our students will journey through a range of literary genres, enriching students’ cultural capital and fostering their imaginative, deductive and analytical skills. Lessons are structured to ensure maximum potential for learning, interleaving threshold concepts in English (grammar, awareness of the effect of language, context, structure and evidence), to allow students the best possible opportunity to progress and, where possible, do so through engagement and enjoyment of the subject.
The English Department across the school, from The Walled Garden up to Year 8, works closely together to ensure continuity and flow between sections, taking heed of National Literacy Strategy requirements, whilst utilising varied methods of teaching, resources and a close relationship with both the LSU and EAL Departments, allowing individualised focus on students of all abilities.
The syllabus in Years 6 to 8 builds towards 13+ ISEB Common Entrance examinations; loosely so in Years 6 and 7 to allow students to benefit from a broad and varied curriculum. We aim to provide students with a solid base on which they can continue to grow their repertoire, making meaningful and sustained progress in order to fulfil their potential.
“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”
– Maya Angelou
At Sandroyd, we work hard to foster a love of reading in our students, providing young Sandroydians with the opportunity to enter new worlds and travel into the realms of imagination through an exciting range of literature.
Reading for pleasure is an important part of our curriculum; from personal reading within school and the boarding houses, to library lessons, whole school reading periods and the Breakfast Book Club.
Students come to the library for a timetabled session every week and are welcome to visit before, during and after school. It is always open.
The library offers a range of fiction texts for all ages and is stocked with a selection of non-fiction to support learning and feed students’ interests. In addition, it is also home to a set of tablets on which students may research and peruse electronic texts, as well as a selection of newspapers and magazines.
Our part-time librarian and dedicated Year 7 Library Assistants are on hand to help with any queries and recommendations, not to mention the wealth of reading experience amongst the Sandroydian staff.
We also have a specific library area of fiction and non-fiction books designed for the junior children. It is an exciting and stimulating environment offering books that appeal to all tastes. The Junior Reading Challenge inspires children to read, collect points, certificates and rewards.
Book Week and Author Visits
Author visits are arranged during Book Week, alongside the Travelling Book Fair, and provide the students at Sandroyd, from the Walled Garden up to Year 8, with the chance to meet popular authors, ask questions and hear all about their writing (and illustrating) process. It is a hugely enjoyable occasion for all, with visits in the past from authors such as Lou Kuenzler, Piers Torday and Paul Geraghty.
Please click on the below link to view Sandroyd Great Books List: