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English is at the heart of our curriculum and the development of language and communication is crucial for our pupils to become successful learners.


As well as following a bespoke multisensory and communication curriculum, where appropriate pupils also follow the national curriculum. To ensure the learning is relevant to our pupil’s needs English is taught through first hand experiences that give the student’s access to activities and educational visits that bring literacy to life. Fiction and non-fiction units are planned around high quality literature and link to cross curricular learning. Storytelling, drama and the use of ICT are crucial to developing a student’s voice as a writer. Support is provided through regular intervention.


In Key Stage 3 students follow the National Curriculum English programmes of study:


 Year 1


Myths and Legends
Traditional Tales

Shakespeare Project / Play

Media and Non-fiction texts
(Newspaper Project)

Novel: Short Stories

 Year 2

Media and Non-fiction texts

(Advertsing Project)

Poetry: analysis and creative writing

 Short Stories

Media and Non-fiction

 Year 3

Transition Skills:
Reading and Writing


Short stories

 Media and Non-fiction

Poetry: analysis and creative writing

In Key Stage 4 English pupils work on consolidating their skills and follow programmes of study leading to a range of qualifications: GCSE, Step Up To English, Entry Level, Functional Skills as well as qualifications from the English Speaking Board are offered., Visits from authors, poets, a range of visiting speakers, cinema and theatre visits also underpin these qualifications. 

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