Tuesday – Friday the children participate in English lessons planned by the class teacher in line with the Primary National Curriculum.
Teachers use assessment criterion to help develop the children’s learning and assess where they are in their learning. All pupils at Swanwick School and Sports College have the opportunities to apply their knowledge to a variety of genres. Children learn best through fun and engaging lessons and we aim to do this using speaking and listening activities, interesting texts, immersive learning and also giving the children an opportunity to perform. This equips our children to become lifelong learners.
It is incredibly important that children see that literacy links in with all aspects of their learning. Because of this, we give children a wide variety of opportunities to utilise and extend their literacy skills:
• Undertaking independent research using I Pads;
• Researching using a variety of secondary sources;
• Providing them with opportunities to write with support from adults and peers.
In our school No Nonsense Spelling and No Nonsense Phonics are used to across the Key Stages to develop reading, writing and hand writing. Spelling and Reading are integral parts of all our English lessons and teachers use a range of schemes to meet the pupils’ individual needs. Some of these include Rapid Reading, Hamilton Code Breakers, Reading Explorers and The Oxford Reading Tree scheme.
Our English learning environment allows our students to develop confidence and thrive in their learning. Age-appropriate qualifications which are achieved are Aim Awards, OCR Entry Level examinations, Functional Skills assessments and GSCEs.