English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world; specifically, it is fundamental to learning in all subjects.

At St Edward’s, pupils are encouraged to speak confidently and effectively through participating in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates throughout the academic year. Pupils are expected to express their own ideas, and articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions.

Our pupils develop an appreciation and love of reading. They engage with increasingly challenging material independently through reading a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts. By reading critically, pupils also demonstrate their ability to make comparisons across texts and analyse the writer’s use of language.

We develop our pupils’ ability to write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length for pleasure and information through writing for a wide range of purposes and audiences, using narrative and non-fiction texts. Pupils apply their growing knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and text structure to their writing and select the appropriate form for the audience and purpose.

A wide range of extracurricular activities are used to promote English in the Academy, including Accelerated Reader, World Book Day, a book fair, debating and poetry competitions, reading challenges across the year groups and visits to the theatre.

English Faculty Team:

Mrs A Simpson (Vice Principal) – Faculty Leader

Mrs J Eardley

Mr T Renshaw

Miss L Broadhurst

Mrs T Dickinson

Mr P Jones

Mrs R Rose

Mr C Burrows

Miss L Towers

Miss C Farr


Accelerated Reader

The academy has introduced Accelerated Reader which monitors pupils’ reading comprehension ages, the challenge of books being read and their understanding of vocabulary.  Pupils are encouraged to read daily at home to compliment the time

given in the academy day to read regularly and a wide range of texts throughout the year from our well-resourced school library.

Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 2 and 3:

Key Stage 2:

The pupils in Key Stage 2 follow the new National Curriculum incorporating reading, writing, and grammar, punctuation and spelling activities.

Pupils in Year 5 consolidate and extend the knowledge and skills gained in Year 3 and Year 4 through a range of different themed units (see English Overviews)

Assessment takes place throughout the year for Reading, Writing, Spelling and Grammar together with Spoken Language.

Pupils are set home learning each week, which could be a written piece, research task or learning activity. In addition to this, daily reading is expected alongside the learning of weekly spellings.

Key Stage 3:

At Key Stage 3, we follow the new National Curriculum. Pupils are expected to develop their reading and writing skills further.  Pupils embrace literature from different times, places and cultures, whilst writing for different audiences and purposes.  Assessment takes place throughout the year for Reading, Writing, Spelling and Grammar together with Spoken Language.

Extra-Curricular Activities and Opportunities

· Pupils in Year 5 visit the New Vic theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme in their first term with us

· Reading Club

· Pupils are involved in the Youth Speaks (National Public Speaking) Competition each year

· World Book Day activities and competitions

· Business Enterprise Presentations are also worked upon to enter a national competition

Useful Websites

Useful websites that support learning in English are available for pupils on the school’s Launchpad tiles (via the school website), such as:

http://www.firstnews.co.uk/ (a weekly newspaper for pupils)

http://www.spag.com/ (used to assess Grammar and Punctuation understanding)

http://play.spellingshed.com (used to practise spellings)

http://www.readtheory.org/ (used to assess reading skills)