English and Literacy
Curriculum Leader: Sara Stephens
English and Literacy underpin all aspects of day-to-day life at Arbour Vale School and therefore lessons reflect the variety and diversity of our pupils. A common thread throughout the school is support for communication. This is integrated into every day practice, ensuring that all pupils have a voice. Building confidence in communication so that pupils can make their needs, feelings, and opinions known is integral to our values at Arbour Vale School.
Pupils follow the National Curriculum which is adapted to meet their needs and English is delivered through the three main strands of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.
It is our wish that all pupils benefit from a wide range of inspiring, challenging and topical literature to enhance their desire to read and their passion to discuss new concepts and interests.
- Expose pupils to a full and enriching range of language experiences in reading, writing and the spoken word.
- Enable pupils to communicate to the fullest extent of their capability and in accordance with their own communication needs.
- Enhance pupils’ capacity to make their voices heard at school and in life beyond through their achievement and progress in English.
- Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
Communication and Language and Literacy are areas of learning within EYFS framework. The school encourages pupils to engage in a sensory curriculum which provides opportunities for them to:
- Experience a rich language environment
- Develop confidence and skills
- Communicate and listen in a variety of situations
- Link sounds and letters
- Read, mark-make, write
- Access and enjoy a range of books, sensory stories, online texts, songs and rhymes.
Key Stages 1 and 2
Key Stages 1 and 2 continue to develop the skills needed for Communication, Language and Literacy. This is achieved through integrated topic work, creative and practical activities, sensory learning and structured teaching and learning situations. Pupils will experience opportunities to:
- Develop their communication skills to express ideas and emotions and to interact with others
- Develop reading and writing skills
- Use their knowledge and understanding across the curriculum and throughout the school day
- Develop comprehension and build on previous learning
Key Stages 3
In Key Stage 3 we provide creative and practical activities that stimulate and challenge pupils to demonstrate their spoken language, reading and writing skills, in a wider range of contexts and for various purposes.
This is achieved through:
- Encouragement of discussion and debate at every level, ensuring all pupils can be supported to make a contribution.
- The sharing or reading of books from a full range of genres to develop understanding, comprehension skills and literary appreciation. This may occur in topic related contexts or in specifically targeted sessions such as RWinc.
- Encouragement of pupils to write clearly and accurately, adapting their language to suit a range of purposes and contexts, in topic related English lessons, or through cross curricular links.
- Termly departmental ‘events days’, such as our ‘Blast Off! – Shared Poems Day’, ‘Tudor Day’ or our ‘VE Day’ celebration when we experienced the stories, songs, and diaries from WW2.
Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4, many pupils work towards ‘Step-up to English’ Gold or Silver Award, this is the new name for the Entry Level Certificate.
The Post 16 curriculum for English focuses upon functional skills. This provides students with the competences they will need to operate confidently, effectively and independently within the classroom, their communities and work.
Post 16 students follow the Adult Core Curriculum. They use Skills for Life or ASDAN Towards Independence as accreditation for their application of Literacy skills in real life situations. Assessment is made using Milestones, Entry Level and Level 1 and 2.