Our pupils at Wilson Stuart School follow the English National Curriculum. We work with pupils to ensure their individual success, by tailoring the curriculum to meet personal learning needs. Every English lesson is planned around improving the reading, writing and communication skills for each pupil’s level of ability.
Across Primary and Secondary a wide variety of techniques and approaches to learning are employed to progress pupils’ literacy skills. For example with some groups a multi-sensory approach is used to build communication, pre-reading and writing skills, with a focus on increasing confidence, social skills and enjoyment of telling and sharing stories. Additionally this approach includes Makaton signing and symbols, tactile resources, the use of music, and contexts that are relevant and understood by the students, are used to progress their literacy skills. Some groups, with emerging readers and writers, progress to Phonics, Makaton finger spelling and symbols as a bridge towards independent reading and spelling. Our broad range of fantastic resources support the progression of reading and writing, including: ‘Read Write Inc.’ to support phonics learning; Makaton signs to support sight word reading; a rich ICT bank of resources including iPads and laptops; and many physical resources, such as board games and puppets, to enrich learning activities. The English Faculty partner with the Communication Team, for subject specific support with individual speech and language needs. Sometimes our emerging readers and writers will have homework set that will support their individualised long term learning goals.
For those pupils with a secure knowledge of reading and writing we encourage them to broaden their range and use of both written and articulate vocabulary, and to expand their depth of comprehension skills through exploring a wide range of high-quality works from English literature, both pre-1914 and contemporary, including prose, poetry and drama, two Shakespeare plays and seminal world literature. A focus on writing skills, grammar, vocabulary, punctuation and spelling will be differentiated to meet the needs of all, as well as the development of understanding spoken English through listening to and taking part in discussions, presentations and role play. For these pupils weekly homework is set to support and underpin learning in lessons.