The Ryleys has an impressive record of achievement in English. We take pride in providing a varied and engaging syllabus, and helping our pupils achieve success in their 11+ examinations.  The department consists of experienced and passionate practitioners who will guide and support your child through the intricacies of English.

Our aim is to help all pupils achieve their potential.  We seek to challenge every child.  The curriculum is designed for those of all abilities and ensures that the lessons they receive are suitably dynamic and engaging.  Our aim is to instil a deep-rooted love and knowledge of the English Language. 
We believe strongly in teaching the fundamentals of spelling, punctuation and grammar.  We rigorously teach comprehension skills by using a variety of text types to provide breadth and interest.  Verbal reasoning is an important part of the curriculum and we ensure that children are familiar with the type of reasoning problems that secondary schools often use for selection purposes.  We carefully monitor children's progress and keep parents informed of it through our Academic Portfolios, and tracking system.
We believe English is as an art, a craft, and a communication tool.  We actively teach creative writing and poetry techniques to ensure our pupils are noted for their originality and imagination.  There are well-stocked libraries full of carefully chosen books; we want our children to be excited about reading.   The power of the spoken word is celebrated.   Articulate speaking is encouraged in both formal and informal situations.  We also seek to encourage a love of literature. A Ryleys pupil may well have read plays by Shakespeare or poems by Wilfred Owen or silly verse by Lewis Carroll.  Ultimately, our aim is to engage children by offering a wide range of literature.   A true measure of our success is that your child will tell you how much they have enjoyed the books, verse, and poetry they have read, and develop a life-long passion for literature.

An example of Reception independent writing (age 4 & 5 years).


Year 1 writing, beginning to write in cursive writing (age 5 & 6 years).



An example of story writing in Year 2 (age 6 &7).