Books, drama, role play, singing, writing, sharing stories – they’re all part of everyday life at Dame B’s, so it’s no wonder that our children love reading and language.

There’s a dedicated reading area piled high with fiction and non-fiction books in every classroom, along with a role play area where the children enjoy becoming the characters from their latest story. By Year 2, they are writing imaginative tales of their own, complete with dialogue and inspired by the different styles and genres they’ve enjoyed, as well as activities such as art, music, drama and trips outside school.

When they’ve just met a real-life raptor, been to the National Gallery to see Henri Rousseau’s painting of a tiger in a tropical storm and designed their own scenes to use in a play, they are never stuck for ideas.

We use carefully designed reading schemes and synthetic phonics, as well as lots of individual attention, to help all our children become confident, fluent readers. Regular handwriting lessons help them get to grips with the often difficult task of holding a pencil correctly and forming letters and set them on their way to being creative and informative writers.

Whether they’re having a fairytale dressing up day, baking their own bread like the Little Red Hen or acting out the story of the Pied Piper while marching around the school behind their teacher, their imaginations are set free – and they just can’t wait to tell stories of their own.