At the heart of English at Westhaven School is a commitment to developing students’ literacy skills to allow them to access learning across the curriculum. We strive to ensure that every student is able to engage in conversation with others in a considered and thoughtful manner, that they are able to read with confidence and pleasure and that they can write clearly and accurately.
We have a range of strategies to enable this. In the first instance, we encourage students to read for pleasure. We have a well stocked library which students visit on a regular basis and are able to choose books from to take home. Next, within the guidelines of the new National Curriculum 2014, we select texts which inspire and engage our students, studying a range of authors including Michael Morpurgo, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe and Dr Seuss as well as non-fiction texts such as The Diary of Anne Frank. Finally, we set a wide range of written tasks which engage our students and allow them to write freely, both by hand and by word processor. The process of planning, drafting and redrafting is taught and repeated throughout.
English lessons are further supported by our phonics sessions which run three times a week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings after registration. Spellings are set and tested during these sessions (see Phonics for further information).