Our intent is enable all of our students to access the content and make progress through the curriculum. The English Department aspires to deliver the subject in ways that meet the individual needs of all our students within an engaging learning environment. Our curriculum is created to develop pupils’ abilities in spoken language, reading and writing in order to improve their life opportunities and allow students to access the full curriculum. We regularly assess the progress of our students and when necessary, intervention sessions are offered to further develop students’ skills and shape further learning.
We promote reading for pleasure and enjoyment, as well as during structured lessons. We provide opportunities for pupils to access a variety of texts in preparation for their adult lives including newspapers, emails and letters. This is done using a differentiated curriculum and through a range of learning programmes such as morning reading intervention sessions, the Lexia online reading scheme and the Corrective Reading programme. The use of Nara reading and comprehension assessments, work scrutiny, solo taxonomy and learning ladder assessments, enable us to monitor progress and ensure that interventions are targeted
The ability to write or type is an important life skill. Our curriculum is planned to meet the needs of all of our students. Writing is a complex process that requires many skills such as; handwriting, vocabulary choice, spelling, sentence structure and awareness of audience. Our students are taught the skills of writing across a range of different genres including creative and functional English. We use a range of tools to support our emerging writers, including the use of ICT and programmes such as Clicker 7, Cloze Pro and Write Online. We identify progress through regular marking of students work; written assessment tasks; the use of learning ladders, whole school scaffolding key, solo taxonomy and classroom monitor assessment.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
The ability to speak and listen is paramount to students’ language and social development. All our students are provided with opportunities to improve their skills in speaking and listening across different audiences and for different purposes. They will refine listening and responding to others in order to develop effective communication skills, which will support them in school, at home and in the wider community. To facilitate this, students will be provided with opportunities to take turns speaking in groups in order to develop discussion and deliberation skills. They will respond to others’ ideas, ask and answer questions, and make a clear and convincing argument. Throughout the year, we provide opportunities for self, peer and teacher led assessment and the use of solo taxonomy to ensure students make progress.
Reading is central to the curriculum, in order to foster thinking skills, increase vocabulary and widen students’ understanding of the world. Pupils are able to use their skills to enhance their learning for their future.
Pupils have the skills to communicate in the written word at their own level. Pupils have an understanding of the written word and are confident in their ability to communicate in the written or typed word.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
Pupils have the skills in speaking and listening to communicate effectively in a variety of settings to a range of audiences.
Extra Curricular Activities
Equal Opportunities and Inclusion
The English Department takes pride in providing opportunities to include and support all pupils, regardless of their social or academic background. This is acknowledged, for example, through differentiation within lessons and the provision of resources to support individual needs. Pupils who receive Pupil Premium are able to access additional support through our intervention programme
Social Moral Spiritual and Cultural
Careers Education Information and Guidance
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