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 2014 National Curriculum, 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 Boy by Roald Dahl. 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.