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English is delivered following the National Curriculum. All the skills of language are essential to participate fully as a member of society; the teaching of English at Collingwood encourages pupils to speak and write clearly so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. Through their reading and listening,
others can communicate with them. A range of literature plays a key role in this development. The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with confidence in spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through
widespread reading for enjoyment.

The Programmes of Study are based on the National Curriculum. The structure of English comprises of three strands of learning:

1. Speaking and Listening
2. Reading
3. Writing

Pupils follow an appropriate programme of study based on their Curriculum Pathway. We offer a range of Accreditation including; OCR and AQA English Functional Skills, Entry English from Level 1 up to Level 2, WJEC Entry Level Additional English (delivered as part of the Media and Arts Pathway qualification) and English
Language GCSE.

Literacy and Reading

We promote reading through English lessons. Primary pupils follow, Letters and Sounds, a structured phonics programme of teaching and reading and share books.   Pupils access a wide range of literature in each year including: poetry, non-fiction texts, and a range of fiction including Shakespeare.

Pupils are encouraged to talk about what they are reading, share their ideas, voice their opinions and develop informed responses about texts. The skills of Speaking and Listening and the ability to respond, voice thoughts and opinions is vitally important for our pupils. Pupils receive extra lessons to support the development of their communication through specifically trained staff.

English Curriculum Overview

English in Primary

In Primary we follow a programme of work specifically designed for KS1 and KS2 children from Hamilton Trust. This provides our pupils with a broad range of texts and the ability to develop a wide range of skills in line with national curriculum aims.

In Key Stage 1 pupils learn:
Fiction: Familiar Settings, Labels, Lists and Signs, Songs and Repetitive Poems.
Traditional Tales: Sharing and Retelling, Letters and Postcards, Poetry and the Senses.

In Key Stage 2 pupils learn:
Non Fiction: Using Information Books, Stories on a Theme, Traditional Tales and Fables, Reading and Writing Recounts, Poetry on a Theme.

English in Year 7

Year 7 will share and explore the novel Coraline by N Gaiman. Pupils will also share short stories for example Roald Dahl stories and Greek myths. Pupils will read and respond to poetry set in different times and places. Pupils will analyse a range of media texts including newspapers and advertisements. Pupils will be introduced to Shakespeare’s plays and theatre.English

English in Year 8

Year 8 classes will share and explore the text Holes by L Sachar. Pupils will also explore extracts from 19th century literature for example Treasure Island. Pupils will read and compare poetry from different cultures and respond in creative ways as well as writing.

Pupils will explore different types of travel writing thorough reading and media texts. The classes will be introduced to ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream W Shakespeare.

English in Year 9

Year 9 will read and engage with a range of texts including the novel Of Mice and Men by J Steinbeck and study the historical context of the novel – the Great Depression in the USA. Pupils will study a range of pre 19th texts including those in the gothic tradition.

Additionally pupils study a range of war poetry. Pupils will be encouraged to write creatively especially to describe and narrate responding to a variety of stimuli eg pictures. Pupils will explore the themes in Romeo and Juliet.

English in Year 10

Pupils follow a range of accreditation including WJEC Additional English (through accredited units of work), AQA GCSE Language and individual Unit Awards.
Year 10 pupils will be looking a range of different texts types including ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’ by B. Hines and responses to audio visual texts. Pupils will have the opportunity to participate in Speaking and Listening activities. Pupil will complete units in poetry and exploring advertising.

Pupils taking GCSE will read a range of 19th century extracts and texts including ‘A Christmas Carol’. They will develop their reading techniques to respond to short stories and texts. They will develop their writing skills especially to narrate and describe. Pupils will take part in Speaking and Listening activities.
Pupils will all continue to develop their spelling, grammar and punctuation. Pupils continue to have a scheduled library lesson and regular reading continues to be very important during tutor time.

English in Year 11

Year 11 pupils are working towards their second year of the WJEC Additional English. The course will include completing a unit on communicating experiences. Pupils will examining and produce different text types. Pupils will complete and redraft Personal writing with a focus on spelling, grammar and punctuation. Pupils will have the opportunity to participate in Speaking and Listening activities.

Pupils will complete units in exploring poetry. Pupil will study a shared text. Pupils will start to prepare for Functional Skill assessment later in the academic year. Pupils continue to have a scheduled library lesson and regular reading continues to be very important during tutor time.