“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”

Roald Dahl, Matilda

Language and literacy are of personal, social and economic importance. Developing and expressing our emotions, our thinking, our learning and our sense of personal identity heightens our ability to use the English language. Language is itself a key aspect of our culture. Literacy is fundamental to all areas of learning, as it unlocks access to the wider curriculum. Being literate increases opportunities for the individual in all aspects of life and lays the foundations for lifelong learning and work.

All teachers at Ingleby Manor Free School have responsibility for promoting language and literacy development because competence and confidence in literacy, including competence in grammar, spelling and the spoken word, are essential for progress in all areas of the curriculum. Every teacher in each area of the curriculum needs to find opportunities to encourage young people to explain their thinking, debate their ideas and read and write at a level which will help them to develop their language skills further.

At Ingleby Manor Free School we have chosen to approach the teaching of English by using full texts to engage our students in the art of storytelling, rather than simply focussing on the mechanics of literacy and grammar. This cultivates their desire to read for enjoyment and to write for pleasure as well as need.