English is the language of instruction at British International School in Ukraine. A high-quality education in English will teach children to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening others can communicate with them.
Through reading in particular, children have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Read easily, fluently and with good understanding thus developing the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information. Use their own words to show they understand explicit and implied meaning and can summarize facts and information.
- Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, audiences and purposes such as to inform, entertain, explore, describe, argue, instruct etc.
- Use discussion in order to learn and explain clearly their understanding and ideas. Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations and participating in debate.