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We offer tuition for English at KS1, KS2, KS3, GCSE, A-level and degree level by Enhanced DBS checked tutors.
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Why do we need to study English?
In both education and in society, English has a prominent place. Children and young people need to be able to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate with others, and others can communicate with them.
Children and young people are able to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually through their own reading and through studying literature. Reading widely and extensively helps children and young people gain knowledge, building on what they already know. In fact, to embrace being an active part of society, language skills are essential. Sadly, children and young people who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently cannot hope to have a role in society.
English in the national curriculum aims to promote high standards of language and literacy by preparing children and young people to develop a strong command of the spoken and written language, and, through widespread reading for enjoyment, to develop their love of literature. Studying English in the national curriculum aims to secure the ability of all children and young people to:
- read fluently and with clear understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- gain a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic rules for reading, writing and spoken language
- value our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly and accurately, paying attention to organisational features. Show skill in adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn and to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are equipped and confident when speaking and listening, for example, when making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
The importance of spoken language in children’s and young people’s development across the entire curriculum is reflected in the national curriculum for English.
Spoken language is key to the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that children and young people hear and speak are vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing.
Children and young people should develop the ability to explain their understanding of books and other reading, and to prepare and plan their ideas before they write. They must be shown how to make their thinking clear to themselves as well as to others, by using discussion. Children and young people should also understand and be able to use the accepted conventions for discussion and debate.
Drama is another medium through which children and young people can gain knowledge, skills and understanding. They should be able to engage in role play – adopting, creating and sustaining a range of roles, as well as responding convincingly to others in role. Improvisation, writing drama scripts and the opportunity to rehearse for stage performances inspire children and young people and empower them to respond thoughtfully to professional drama and theatre performances.
Critical reading and comprehension
Children and young people should be able to accurately and with understanding, describe and summarise the salient points in a text. They should be equipped with the relevant terminology to comment on a text’s language and structure.
Children and young people should be able to sustain the interest of a reader of their writing through the accuracy of their spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as their ideas. They should recognise the importance of structure and purpose in their writing as well as varying sentence types and structures. The range of writing should include narratives, descriptions, explanations, instructions, reports, summaries and evaluations.
One-to-one tutoring from a Birmingham Tutors English specialist will ensure secure understanding at each stage of development.
Exam boards covered:
* International Baccalaureate