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English

The English curriculum at Meadows is comprehensive but tailored to individual needs. We offer students the opportunity to study classic and contemporary poetry and prose.

Meadows offers classroom libraries with a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Students also have access to the local library where they can borrow a wider range of books.

English curriculum

Students up to the end of Year 8 follow a foundation curriculum based on the National Curriculum for reading and writing, ensuring a solid skill set has developed before studying for qualifications further through the school.

Some students have personalised learning programmes which target their individual literacy and language needs on a one to one basis, by a literacy specialist team - for example daily phonics interventions. Others receive additional tutoring to help raise levels of achievement at GCSE level.

All students are entered for external accreditation so that on leaving Meadows they have an English qualification. The department offers the AQA English Language and Literature GCSE and IGCSE in English language and literature, AQA functional skills and Entry Level functional skills and individual Unit Awards which target specific areas of English language study.

Key Stage 2 English work is based around their termly topic and/or class book.

All students read daily for 20 minutes, supported by staff who have been trained in Systematic Synthetic Phonics.

Classroom displays offer reading, writing and SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) information, which encourages students to be independent in their learning.

Marking is developmental and suggests ways that students can improve. It acts as a learning dialogue between teacher and student.

Celebrating Reading

At Meadows, English offers the opportunity for students to aspire to the highest levels of achievement in their literacy and language skills.

A rich programme of literature study and activities ensures that all students have access to classic works in poetry and prose as well as contemporary writing. This includes the study of  Shakespeare plays and both classic and modern poetry, prose and drama,  incorporating trips to consolidate their understanding. These have included trips to Battlefields and war graves around Ypres, in Belgium. Theatre trips are also run by the department to support the appreciation of writing.

Displayed examples of student work develops a sense of purpose, worth and success within learners.

Writing is taught well and the attainment of pupils in writing, including that of boys, has risen

(Ofsted Education 2016)