Key Stages 2, 3 and 4


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English aims to inspire a love of language and literature in all students. The richness of the English curriculum is delivered through the areas of speaking and listening, reading and writing.

Students are taught in a designated English room which boasts a wide range of diverse resources to meet all needs and areas of interest. In addition to the taught curriculum extensive input is made by the on-site Speech and Language Department whose work feeds directly into the speaking and listening aspect of the English curriculum.

Students are provided with opportunities to express themselves verbally using a variety of augmentative communication tools such as PECs or Signalong.

Daily reading takes place within tutor groups each morning to ensure that all students, whatever their level, are accessing texts and developing confidence in literacy skills on a daily basis.

Key Stage 2

Within Key Stage 2 a multi-sensory approach is taken to early reading and writing skills, including sequencing, phonics, developing a pencil grip, pencil control and handwriting, communicating using the child’s preferred communication medium, reading for pleasure, decoding and understanding written and symbol text.

Where relevant, the Oxford Reading Tree scheme is introduced. Reading is tailored to each students individual ability and interests and encourages functional communication, functional reading and the development of emerging literacy skills, at the same time enhancing comprehension skills.

Key Stage 3

The curriculum in Key Stage 3 builds on the skills developed in Key Stage 2. Children further develop their decoding and comprehension skills using the Oxford Reading Tree and individualised reading programs as appropriate. Every lesson has an element of phonics/spelling, handwriting and speaking and listening.

Key Stage 4

Whilst continuing to develop and consolidate key skills, students also begin to focus on the functional English they will encounter in the wider world. These include functional reading i.e. social sight vocabulary, functional writing i.e. form filling and functional speaking and listening i.e. giving and receiving messages. Students in Key Stage 4 also begin to work towards their English ASDAN qualification.