Welcome to the English Page
A copy of our Intent, Implementation and Impact information can be found Here
ENGLISH CURRICULUM VISION
To ensure that all of our pupils are at the centre of a broad, varied and interesting learning experience and to equip each pupil for their future; in the hope that they will acquire the personal qualities, attitudes, skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for personal fulfilment and a developing social responsibility. The holistic nature of our practice will promote positive mental health and well-being and will enhance our pupils’ life skills and social skills.
The English Curriculum at The Mendip School is broad and balanced for all pupils. The National Curriculum forms part of the whole school curriculum: the programmes of study for English are followed where they are relevant and accessible, though this may well be at a different Key Stage.
The curriculum is planned very carefully to make sure it meets the particular learning needs of all pupils, whatever their attainment and ability. There is no yearly overview or sequence of units. Instead, each Class Teacher is given the autonomy to decide how, what and when the English skills are taught to their pupils. The school works with many pupils for whom the age-related expectations set out in the National Curriculum are not appropriate. We use frameworks to plan and assess Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. The school also adapts its approaches to the curriculum for pupils with different needs and in different school phases.
The English Curriculum at The Mendip School is completely personalised for all pupils and uses a range of approaches and teaching styles with lots of explanation, modelling, scaffolding and practice. There are differentiated curriculums and the school adapts its approaches to the curriculum for pupils with different needs and in different school phases. The phases are:
Our holistic curriculum supports pupils to learn English skills at their own level and with real life experience, this can be trips and visits to the community, play and engagement, social skills and interactions, etc walks in our local environment, mark making, as well as sharing books and reading.
Some pupils are able to follow the National Curriculum and access exams at either Entry Level, GCSE or Functional Skills in English Language.
Every teacher has the highest learning expectations and the teaching styles and resources meet the pupils needs including multi-sensory activities and over learning.
At The Mendip School we use the Sounds Write Phonics programme, which is a highly structured, incremental and code-oriented, instructional approach, to teach children to read and spell. Throughout, Sounds~Write promotes the use of multi-sensory engagement with the materials pupils are working with in a manner that is commensurate with the level and abilities of the children being taught. Visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities are at all times combined simultaneously to promote learning. Pupil’ phonics levels are monitored every term to ensure that sessions are relevant and targeted.
We also use Nessy, which is a highly structured, sequential, cumulative and systematic phonics based learning programme which uses multisensory activities, to teach reading and spelling.
Accelerated Reader is a whole class management and monitoring programme that aims to foster independent reading throughout the school. Pupils read a book, take an online quiz and get immediate feedback. They are aided in their selection of the next book by the monitoring software which will guide the level of difficulty for their choice. The programme encourages pupils to read independently and more importantly at their own pace and level.
For those children who find learning to read using Phonics difficult, we also use Precision Teaching. Carefully designed tasks allow children to practise key skills, such as reading High Frequency
Handwriting at The Mendip School is taught on many levels. From gross motor skills development to fine motor skills and then to specific handwriting, we are able to address many skills at an individual level.
Within gross motor skills, supporting strategies such as music and movement, PE and large scale body movement, as well as links with the occupational therapist and sensory development ensures that pupils are able to improve their arm movements as well as core stability.
Within fine motor skills work we are able to support pupils in their muscle strength and finger dexterity which ensures pencil grip and control are supported when they are ready to mark make and form letters or symbols. Activities such as developing their pincer grip and manipulating materials are seen throughout the school.
- Pupils of all abilities will be able to succeed in all English lessons because work will be appropriately scaffolded.
- Pupils will have a wide vocabulary
- Regular opportunities for retrieval practice to improve both their fluency and mastery
- Progress is measured using formative approaches using the B level frameworks. Assessment informs planning and targets for personalised learning for each pupil
- Other means of evaluating progress is achieved through: Learning Walks, Book Scrutinies, Moderation, Observations
- Summative data is recorded on the Education Health Care Plan which is reviewed annually and it is also recorded on Evidence for Learning.
Phonics & Reading
Throughout the school phonics is taught daily with a focus on using appropriate strategies to support the group. With this in mind classes use Sounds Write as a primary model.
Sounds-Write is a stand-alone linguistic phonics programme that provides training in the teaching of reading and spelling for teaching practitioners working at primary and secondary levels. The programme is designed to be delivered whole class, small group, or one to one and all participants on our courses receive everything required to implement Sounds-Write at each of these levels.
Sounds-Write is acknowledged by the DfE as meeting ALL its criteria for an effective phonics teaching programme. It is a very highly structured, multi-sensory, incremental and code-oriented, instructional approach to teaching children to read and spell. The Sounds-Write programme can be implemented in the classroom with a minimum of planning, preparation and expense, and it provides fast and effective teaching for children at all levels.
Once pupils begin to read they are assigned an appropriate level of book which matches the sounds write stages to read in school. Pupils are encouraged to read daily in school and as much as possible at home. The library holds a wide range of scheme books which allow pupils to progress their reading at an appropriate pace for them, with a range of subjects and topics for different ages. Reading is assessed through the use of key words, progressing onto more formal tests of accuracy and comprehension which give age scores. These are reported as part of the annual review process.
There is also a particular focus on making reading fun and accessible for pupils through websites like Teach your Monster to Read and Multi-Sensory books.
Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at their own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) Accelerated Reader gives children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
Children using Accelerated Reader choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.
To go with Accelerated Reader, The Mendip School also has access to Myon which is an online library that gives pupils access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books. Titles are dynamically matched to each individual student’s interests, grade and Lexile® reading level. myON Reader fosters pupil engagement and achievement. Each child has their own Username and Password to access this online library (please ask your child’s teacher).
Click on the link to go to Accelerated Reader:
Click on the link for a Parent Guide:
Home Learning Zone
Click on the links below.
Reading books online:
Sign In – myON® (your teacher should give you a Username and Password).
Listen to stories online:
Spelling Shed – Spelling Shed – Spelling game for school and home (your teacher should give you a Username and Password).
Practice your Comprehension Skills:
Practice Touch Typing: