Key Principles/Purpose of Study:
- For pupils to become independent readers and writers.
- For pupils to have access to a wide range of texts and resources to foster a love of reading.
- For pupils to develop confidence in speaking and listening skills.
- For pupils to learn skills for life after school, including opportunities to gain qualifications to help shape their future.
Aims and Objectives:
Key Stage 2:
Pupils develop the building blocks for reading, spelling, writing and grammar through a range of topics. Younger pupils start by studying topics including ‘Myths and Legends’, ‘Adventure Stories’ and ‘Humorous Poetry’, then move on to study topics including an ‘Introduction to Shakespeare’, ‘Journalistic writing’ and ‘Autobiographies’. Pupils are taught in a practical and creative way, with writing developed through the Talk for Writing programme, which allows pupils to firstly learn texts verbally, then build to create their own independent work. Pupils choose reading books perfectly pitched for them through our Accelerated Reader programme and all younger pupils have a daily 1:1 reading session for 15 minutes. We run intervention programmes in phonics, spelling, handwriting and reading for any pupils that are identified as needing extra support.
Our key objective is that all pupils move into Key Stage 3 with the confidence and enjoyment of English to embrace the next steps in their curriculum, their learning and their future.
Key Stages 3 & 4:
Pupils continue to develop their literacy and language skills through a range of interesting topics, enjoying modern novels, including ‘Framed’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce, bringing Shakespeare to life through drama, experiencing how World War 1 and 2 influenced literature and investigating how gender is portrayed in the Media.
Once in Key Stage 4, our pupils have access to a range of qualifications to best suit their needs and abilities. We currently offer English Entry Level qualifications, Functional Skills qualifications and GCSE English qualifications.
All pupils develop their independent reading skills, alongside a real enjoyment of reading, through our Accelerated Reader programme, and enjoy taking quizzes on texts to demonstrate their comprehension skills. Specific 1:1 support programmes are put in place for any pupils identified as needing extra support with their reading or writing.
Our key objective is that our pupils leave school with the best qualifications they can achieve, to help them towards the future they deserve.
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