English

'That poem made me giggle.'

Our teaching introduces children to the richness and diversity of the written and spoken word in creative ways. Lessons are carefully planned to ensure a balance of class, group, paired and individual work and teachers ensure that all children are supported so that they can reach their potential, whatever their ability.

Communication skills are going to be vital for all our children and we place enormous emphasis on promoting good literacy. We use presentations, performances and discussions to help children develop confidence in communicating their ideas aloud. Emphasis is also given to ensuring that children have a secure understanding about the fundamentals: grammar, punctuation and spelling.

We foster an enthusiasm for reading by identifying the right books to stimulate each child, reading aloud regularly and having Guided Reading sessions. Above all, we want the children to leave The Paragon with a passion for English that will last a lifetime!

As well as being actively involved in the Bath Children's Literature Festival, we participate in a range of reading, writing and speaking competitions and challenges and and are always seeking innovative ways to help children develop a love of reading. Our eagerly anticipated Pre-Prep bedtime story nights, paired reading across the year groups, World Book Day, National Poetry Day, the Summer Book Fair, visits from famous authors - all wonderful ways that we celebrate storytelling.

As a major partner of the Bath Children's Literature Festival, the largest children's book festival in Europe, our pupils have access to the best children's authors, illustrators and book characters. We hear numerous stories of children attending literary events and turning a major corner in their reading. Some suddenly grasp the pleasure of reading a funny story themselves. Some discover a whole new genre. Some want to try out writing their own stories. Some have gone home to read the book to their younger sibling. We enjoy being part of this fine festival. It's worth it.

Andrew Harvey, Headmaster

The standard of pupils' writing is particularly high; they spell correctly and use punctuation accurately.

ISI Inspection Report - Sept 2017

Our library

At the heart of a child’s reading experience is a well stocked and welcoming library. At The Paragon we not only offer this, but during pupil’s library time we encourage them to explore different authors and genres through discussion, and role play both in school and out in the grounds. Our online catalogue gives parents and pupils the opportunity amongst other things, to choose a new read as well as post reviews. 

Library time in the Prep department also provides the opportunity to support topics in the classroom, with activities to help children search for information, and develop problem solving strategies, using a variety of resources. In addition, children visit the library independently during the lunchtime break and after school.

Small library area is well resourced and inviting; children we met enthused about their favourite authors and parents are amazed at how quickly the school manages to turn reluctant readers into avid bookworms.

Good Schools Guide
Elmer For Web