English Faculty Intent

‘The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go’ (Dr Seuss)

English is vital for communicating with others both in school and the wider world; specifically, it is fundamental to learning in all subjects. At St. Edward’s, the English curriculum supports the needs and character of our inclusive Academy by developing pupils’ ability to see the world from other people’s perspectives and therefore appreciate a world beyond their own – which is not only a key English Skill, but a life skill.

Our choices ensure that pupils are encouraged to speak confidently and effectively through participating in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisation and debates throughout the academic year. Pupils are expected to express their own ideas, and articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions.

Our pupils are encouraged to develop an appreciation and love of reading. They engage with increasingly challenging material independently through reading a wide range of fiction and non-fiction. These texts encompass not only those that celebrate their national identity, but also the diverse voices from across the globe. By reading critically, pupils also progressively demonstrate their ability to make comparisons across texts and analyze the writer’s use of language.

We develop our pupils’ ability to write increasingly accurately, fluently, effectively and at length for pleasure and information through writing for a wide range of purposes and audiences, using narrative and non-fiction texts. Pupils increasingly apply their growing knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and text structure to their writing and select the appropriate form for the audience and purpose.

Through English lessons, pupils are encouraged to consider how the knowledge and skills they are developing are relevant to the wider world of work and future career pathways.

A wide range of extracurricular activities are used to promote English in the Academy, including Accelerated Reader, World Book Day, a book fair, debating and poetry competitions, and visits to the theatre. English also supports whole school initiatives, such as International Woman’s Day, together with our work towards the Rights Respecting Schools Award and the Stonewall Award.

English Faculty Team

Mrs A Simpson (Vice Principal) – Faculty Leader

Mrs J Eardley (Faculty Second)

Mr J Renshaw

Miss L Broadhurst

Mrs T Dickinson

Mr P Jones (Just Read to Succeed Champion)

Mrs R Rose (Wider Curriculum Leader + Careers Champion)

Mr C Burrows

Miss L Towers (Journalism Club Coordinator)

Accelerated reader:

The academy has introduced Accelerated Reader which monitors pupils’ reading comprehension ages, the challenge of books being read and their understanding of vocabulary.  Pupils are encouraged to read daily at home to compliment the time given in the academy day to read regularly and a wide range of texts throughout the year from our well-resourced school library.

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. Phonic instruction was introduced at the beginning of 2021-22 for a small number of pupils.

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 together with Spoken Language.

Pupils are set home learning 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 together with Spoken Language.

Extra-Curricular Activities and Opportunities:
  • Pupils in Year 5 visit the New Vic theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme
  • Year 8 pupils visit the Imperial War Museum North and BBC Media City
  • Employer engagement to support careers provision at KS3, e.g. PCSOs in Y7 and British Army in Y8, using lesson plans produced by local employers, e.g. Stoke City
  • Reading Club
  • Journalism Club
  • Pupils are involved in the Youth Speaks (National Public Speaking) Competition each year
  • World Book Day activities and competitions

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: