English

Learning Overviews

English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects.

The English Department’s vision statement in collaboration with our pupils is: to improve standards of writing, including vocabulary, spelling and punctuation;  to equip pupils with valuable skills that enable them to complete any form of writing style or task, whether creatively at home, or in their school learning; to encourage pupils to read and analyse a variety of genres and styles of texts whilst recognising the importance of both modern and classic literature; to encourage pupils to speak confidently during discussion, presentation or drama settings, whilst listening attentively to the thoughts of others.

English Faculty Team:

Mr R Jervis– Faculty Leader           Mrs J Eardley – Second in Faculty
Mr J Renshaw                                   Miss L Broadhurst
Miss L Pointon                                  Mrs V Cooper
Mr C Burrows                                   Mrs R Rose (Assistant Principal)
Mrs A Simpson (Associate Assistant Principal)

Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 2 and 3:

Key Stage 2:

The pupils in Key Stage 2 follow the new National Curriculum incorporating reading, writing, and grammar, punctuation and spelling activities.

Pupils in Year 5 consolidate and extend the knowledge and skills gained in Year 3 and Year 4 through a range of different themed units (see English Overviews)

Assessment takes place throughout the year for: Reading; Writing; Spelling and Grammar; and Spoken Language.

Pupils are set homework each week, which could be a written piece, research task or learning activity. In addition to this, daily reading is expected alongside the learning of weekly spellings.

Pupils are set homework each week, which could be a written piece, research task or learning activity. In addition to this, daily reading is expected alongside the learning of weekly spellings.

Key Stage 3:

At Key Stage 3, we follow the New National Curriculum. Pupils are expected to develop their reading and writing skills further.  Pupils embrace literature from different times, places and cultures, whilst writing for different audiences and purposes.  Assessment takes place throughout the year for: Reading; Writing; Spelling and Grammar; and Spoken Language.

Extra-Curricular Activities and Opportunities

  • Pupils in Year 5 visit the New Vic theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme in their first term with us
  • Reading Club, Writing Club (entering competitions) Pupils are involved in the Youth Speaks (National Public Speaking) Competition each year
  • World Book Day activities and competitions
  • Pupils in Year 8 can choose drama as a curriculum enrichment option
  • Business Enterprise Presentations are also worked upon to enter a national competition

Useful Websites

Useful websites that support learning in English are available for pupils on the school’s Launchpad tiles (via the school website), such as:

http://www.firstnews.co.uk/ (a weekly newspaper for pupils)

http://www.spag.com/ (used to assess Grammar and Punctuation understanding)

http://www.alfiecloud.com/ (used to assess reading skills)

http://www.readtheory.org/ (used to assess reading skills)

 

Page last updated: 23/11/2017