Curriculum Leader: Charlene Ward
English and Literacy underpin all aspects of day-to-day life at Arbour Vale School and therefore lessons reflect the variety and diversity of our pupils. A common thread throughout the school is communication and we have therefore adopted a total communication approach throughout school, where pupils have access to their own means of communication throughout the day. This aims to support pupils to develop a means of communication appropriate to their individual needs and create opportunities for communication throughout the curriculum to enable each pupil to communicate to the best of their ability, building confidence in communication so that pupils can make their needs, feelings, and opinions known.
It is our wish that all pupils benefit from a wide range of inspiring, challenging and topical literature to enhance their desire to read and their passion to discuss new concepts and interests.
Over the year pupils will have opportunities to be part of themed days and events such as World book day, Nursery rhyme week and Poetry day. We believe above all that learning happens best when we are having Fun!
We aim to
Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1
In Early Years and key stage 1 pupils experience the strands of English through discrete and cross curricular learning opportunities. English is supported through the framework areas of Physical development, Communication and Language and Literacy. The school encourages pupils to engage in a hands on, sensory curriculum which provides opportunities for them to:
Key Stage 2
Key stage 2 continue to develop the skills needed for Communication, Language and Literacy. This is achieved through integrated topic work, creative and practical activities, sensory learning and structured teaching. Pupils will experience opportunities to:
Key Stage 3
In key stage 3 we provide creative and practical activities that stimulate and challenge pupils to demonstrate their spoken language, reading and writing skills, in a wider range of contexts and for various purposes.
This is achieved through:
Key Stage 4
In key stage 4, as well as embedding the skills learnt in previous years many pupils have the opportunity to work towards ‘Step-up to English’ Gold or Silver Award, this is the new name for the Entry Level Certificate.
The Post 16 curriculum for English focuses upon functional skills. This provides students with the competences they will need to operate confidently, effectively and independently within the classroom, their communities and work.
Post 16 students follow the Adult Core Curriculum. They use Skills for Life or ASDAN Towards Independence as accreditation for their application of Literacy skills in real life situations. Assessment is made using Milestones, Entry Level and Level 1 and 2