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English

“Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out.”

Pam Ally

 

At Spring Brook Upper , we believe in the teaching of Communication (Speaking & Listening), Reading and Writing Skills as the foundation for successful learning.

It is our aim across the Secondary phase to continue to develop these skills in all of our children.

 

Communication (Speaking & Listening)

We aim for our pupils to:

• Use Standard English in a variety of both formal and informal discussions
• Prepare and deliver short speeches and presentations expressing ideas clearly
• Engage in formal debates
• Use improvisation and role play in order to discuss and develop an understanding of the effects of language

 

Reading

We aim for our pupils to:

• Study a whole or extracts from a pre 19th century novel/play/ poem
• Study whole or extracts from two Shakespeare plays
• Study extracts from world literature or a collection of poems
• Study a range of non-fiction texts
• Read texts to establish audience, purpose and context
• Develop inference and deduction skills
• Check for understanding of a text

 

Writing

We aim for our pupils to:

• Plan, edit and proof-read lengthy pieces of writing
• Make notes for speaking and listening tasks
• Write personal and formal letters
• Express points of view/explain/describe
• Write stories/scripts/poetry
• Write to persuade
• Master Appendix 1 Spellings
• Learn and use new vocabulary
• Use Standard English
• Understand the differences between spoken and written English

 

English Lessons at Spring Brook Upper

Our English lessons are delivered daily, tailored to the needs of our learners.

Teaching is delivered by our highly skilled staff, using a blend of experience and knowledge, supported by the purposeful use of technology.

 

Intent, Implementation and Impact

More details on the intent, implementation and impact of our English Curriculum can be viewed by following this link:

Spring Brook Upper English Curriculum Intent

 

Assessment

We assess the children and group them so they are accessing learning at an appropriate level.

Assessment is carried out in several ways:

• Dashboard evidence
• Moderation exercises – internal and external
• EHCP outcomes
• NARA reading / comprehension ages – Phonics Screening if applicable

Our main Assessment Tool is Dashboard, which breaks down learning into small, accessible and achievable steps.

You can find out more about our Assessment Tools here:

LINK TO INFO ON DASHBOARD

Technology

To support our learners, we use a range of apps. Some of our children enjoy going on Epic! where they can read and listen to books.

Epic! 

 

Location

Spring Brook Upper School
Dean Street, Failsworth, Manchester, M35 0DQ

School Hours

M-F: 8:55am – 3:00pm
Weekends: Closed

Phone & Email

0161 883 3431

info@springbrookacademy.org