“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”
Maya Angelou

INTENT

The English curriculum at Atlantic Academy Portland is designed to unite the important skills of reading, writing and speaking. Contributing to students’ understanding of and communication within their world,  language and literature are vital, essential tools that allow students to access other subjects.

Through providing an outstanding English curriculum, including nurturing a love of reading for pleasure and teaching core knowledge,  students are enabled to achieve at the highest possible standard.

 

IMPLEMENTATION

  • Read, Write, Inc (Reception and Year 1)

  • Talk for Writing (KS1)

  • Accelerated Reading (KS1-KS4)

  • KOs

  • Core knowledge booklets

  • Opportunities for application

  • Interleaved curriculum (KS4)

  • Identification and challenging of misconceptions

  • Assessment for learning, including high impact whole class feedback, continual improvements through lessons

  • Implementation of cognitive science principles to support learning over time

IMPACT

To provide an enriching, stimulating and inspiring English curriculum that challenges and supports strong learning outcomes in phonics, reading,  writing and speaking so that students can master age related expectations and beyond.

EYFS and Key Stage 1

In Key Stage One, students develop a strong foundation in phonics in order to support early reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Phonics:

Phonics is taught within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and within Key Stage One (KS1)  using the ‘Read Write Inc’ Scheme. Children in Year 1 consolidate the learning taught in Reception and are assessed by completing a Phonics Screen Check administered during the Summer Term. Phonics is taught daily for a minimum of 30 minutes in KS1 and 1 hour in EYFS.

Reading:

In Reception and Year 1, every child takes home a Book Bag book linked to the Read Write Inc scheme. Each book contains the appropriate sounds taught to individual children and enable students to consolidate the learning already taught at school.  Once the children have read all the books in grey level, children from Year 1 and above are assessed on their reading ability using the Accelerated Reader Programme. From completion of a Star Test, children are given a specific reading range, enabling them to select and choose an appropriately challenging  book to read. Once the book has been read, a quiz is completed with their progress tracked and recorded. In KS1 all children are expected to read for a minimum of 10 minutes per day.

Group Reading:

In EYFS and Year 1 a carousel Guided Reading  approach is delivered directly from the Read, Write Inc programme using the appropriate colour banded reading book linked with a specific sound taught within the scheme. Children are assessed and grouped according to their phonological understanding and read with an adult in a Guided Reading environment once a week. Teacher notes are recorded onto an Atlantic Academy Reading Proforma updated weekly to monitor reading progress of each child.

 

Unit 1A Unit 1B Unit 2A Unit 2B Unit 3A Unit 3B 
Year 1 The Jolly Postman  Stone Age Boy  Oi! Get off our Train- John Birmingham  We are Britain by Benjamin Zephaniah & Prodeepta Das The Queen’s Knickers by Nicholas Allan.  Michael Recycle 
RWI  Purple  Pink  Orange  Yellow  Yellow  Blue 
Year 2 Katie Morag Island Stories  Queen Victoria’s Knickers  Raven Boy  British Values 

The Election by Eleanor Levenson and Mark Jagucki 

The Lost Words By Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris  Fantastically Great Women who worked wonders by Kate Pankhurst. 
RWI  Blue  Grey  KS1 VIPERS rotation KS1 VIPERS rotation KS1 VIPERS rotation KS1 VIPERS rotation

Writing:

Children in EYFS and Key Stage One are taught to write using Talk 4 Writing. Children read a text and recall parts of the text in order drawing a story map. From this children orally rehearse sentences, innovate and make changes, ready to rewrite their own version. During these lessons, Year 1 and 2 students practise and apply the skills for spelling, punctuation and grammar independently in their written work.  The children are expected to be able to put into practice all the skills required from the ‘Teacher Assessment Framework by the end of Key Stage 1.

Grammar is taught discretely (from Year 1) as well as being interwoven within English Lessons. Grammar lessons are taught for a minimum of 20 minutes. Lessons are planned with objectives taken from the English National Curriculum using a specific area of focus for children to practise and consolidate learning. Grammar focussed tasks are evidenced within the children’s English books, with children using purple pens to mark and assess the learning against the objective.

Spelling:

Children in Key Stage One, particularly Year 2, follow the ‘Spelling Shed’ spelling scheme. Spelling is taught discretely, recorded in books and assessed by a weekly online quiz. Spelling follows the pattern of Look, Cover, Say, Write, Check.  Within their writing, children are taught to use a dictionary, ready for Key Stage Two in order to find spellings of words they are unsure of.

 

Key Stage 2

Throughout Key Stage 2, students develop their reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar skills through high quality teaching and learning.

Reading:

Students undertake a daily thirty minute reading lesson which is based on a shared class book. These anchor texts are identified in the overview below. The chosen books are carefully selected to ensure that they are challenging the most able readers in the year group whilst good teaching enables all pupils to access the texts with success. The key skills of retrieval, inference and evaluation are taught. The use of P.E.E. (Point, Evidence, Explain) in upper Key Stage 2 enables pupils to demonstrate their understanding; reference the example from the text;  relate it to their own experience; and empathise with the characters and scenarios.

 

Year 3:

UNIT 1a UNIT 1b UNIT 2a UNIT 2b UNIT 3a UNIT 3b
Villages and Towns

Anchor text: 

Varjak Paw

Stone Age

Anchor text: 

Stig of the Dump

Shang Dynasty

Anchor text: 

Firework Maker’s daughter

Mountains and Volcanoes

Anchor text: 

TBC

Ancient Egypt

Anchor text: 

Egyptian Cinderella

Water, Weather and Climate

Anchor text: 

Varmints

The Iron Man

 

Year 4:

UNIT 1a UNIT 1b UNIT 2a UNIT 2b UNIT 3a UNIT 3b
Destination Europe

Anchor text: 

There’s a boy in the Girls bathroom

Time Cops

Anchor text: 

Who let the Gods out

Romans

Anchor text: 

Escape from Pompei

Survival

Anchor text: 

Kensuke’s Kingdom

Chocolate

Anchor text: 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Tudors

Anchor text: 

Shakespeare – various abridged

 

Year 5:

UNIT 1a UNIT 1b UNIT 2a UNIT 2b UNIT 3a UNIT 3b
Slums

Anchor text: 

Wonder

Medieval Monarchs

Anchor text: Kings and Queens

Vikings

Anchor text: 

Beowulf

Rivers

Anchor text: 

Floodland

Middle East

Anchor text: 

Oranges in no mans land

Energy

Anchor text: 

Cosmic

 

Year 6:

UNIT 1a UNIT 1b UNIT 2a UNIT 2b UNIT 3a UNIT 3b
The Americas

Anchor text: 

Holes

Twentieth Century Conflict WWI

Anchor text: 

Stay where you are then leave

Industrial Revolution

Anchor text: 

Cogheart

Population

Anchor text:

Goldfish Boy

Twentieth Century Conflict WWII

Anchor text:

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Civil Rights

Anchor text: 

Ghost boys

Writing:

Pupils undertake a one hour writing lesson each day. The lesson is often inspired from the class novel and a variety of text types, both non-fiction and fiction, are taught and developed throughout each year. As students move through the key stage, the features of each genre are developed in order to meet  the requirements of the ‘Teacher Assessment Framework at the end of Key Stage 2.’ In upper Key Stage 2, opportunities to combine text elements result in students producing hybrid texts such as narrative recounts.

During these lessons, students are expected to apply the skills for spelling, punctuation and grammar independently in their written work.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar:

Students undertake a daily thirty minute spelling, punctuation and grammar lesson throughout Key Stage 2. These lessons are based around the concepts identified in the English Knowledge Organisers which are produced for each year group.

This daily session provides opportunities to introduce, learn and practise: spelling patterns; a range of different types of punctuation; and grammar- specifics. These lessons are at the centre of developing our students as high-quality writers.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students develop a range of reading and writing based skills through studying novels, poetry, short stories, non-fiction and drama. Students learn how to structure  writing for a variety of purposes with explicit teaching of grammar and vocabulary.

 As part of the Aspirations ‘No Limits’ curriculum design, all Year 7  and Year 8 students across the Aspirations Trust follow a core English curriculum.  The  sequencing of the  curriculum  is linked to the ATL assignments and curriculum intent. 

Each unit of work in Years 7-9 includes a ‘key text’ supported by a wide variety of texts from different periods and genres.  Based on a theme, each unit allows students to engage with the idea that ‘reading and writing helps us to make sense of the world we live in and the experiences we have’.  Using a knowledge based curriculum, students build on their reading, writing and speaking skills developed in previous years while keeping in mind their GCSE aspirations.  

Year 7:

UNIT 1 UNIT 2 UNIT 3 UNIT 4
Morality

Greek Mythology

Conflict Poetry

Relationships

Romeo and Juliet 

Revenge and Technology

Frankenstein

Close study: nonfiction

Exploring the Future

Creative Writing

Year 8:

UNIT 1 UNIT 2 UNIT 3 UNIT 4
Exploring enigmas

Key text: A Monster Calls 

Through the artist’s

 lens creative writing

Exploring Tragedy

War Poetry

Extracts from Shakespeare’s tragedies

Outsiders

Key text: A View from 

The Bridge

Review: types of writing

Rhythm and Blues

Music lyrics

Poetry

 Year 9:

UNIT 1 UNIT 2 UNIT 3 UNIT 4
Dystopia

Key text:

The Giver

A Search for Redemption

Key text:

 A Christmas Carol

Poetry

Honour and societal expectations

Key text: 

Much Ado about Nothing

What’s a story?

Narrative writing

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students prepare for AQA English Language and AQA English Literature GCSE exams. The KS4 English curriculum has been planned as an interleaved curriculum (September 2019: Year 10; September 2020: Year 11) so that students are continually participating in retrieval practice and spaced learning.  Over two years they learn to analyse and write about their set texts:

Jekyll and Hyde

Macbeth

An Inspector Calls

AQA anthology: Power and Conflict poetry

Students  also develop their writing skills through exploring creative writing in preparation for English Language Paper 1 and writing to  argue and persuade as preparation for English Language Paper 2.

The GCSE is assessed through four exams: two in English Language and two in English Literature.

Year 10:

UNIT 1 UNIT 2 UNIT 3 UNIT 4
Possession and Control

Anchor text:

 Macbeth Act 1 and 2

Language P1 Q1 

Language P1 Q2

Language P1 Q5

Poetry Anthology: 

London 

Remains

Poppies

Kamikaze

Transformations

Anchor text: 

Jekyll and Hyde

Language P1 Q3

Poetry Anthology:

Charge of the Light Brigade

Bayonet

My Last Duchess 

Exposure

Natural  and Supernatural world

Anchor text:  

Macbeth Acts 3-5

Language P1 Q4

Language  P2 Q5

Poetry Anthology: 

Storm on the Island

Ozymandias

Extract From the Prelude

Speaking and Listening

Year 11: from September 2020

UNIT 1 UNIT 2 UNIT 3 UNIT 4
Community

Anchor text: 

An Inspector Calls 

Language P2 Q1

Language P2 Q2

Language P2 Q3

Language P2 Q4

Poetry anthology: 

Tissue  

Emigree

Checking out me history

War Photographer

Essay techniques

Unseen Poetry

Language P1 Q3

Language P1 Q4

Language P2 Q5

Revision N/A

GCSE students are encouraged to follow the English department on Instagram.  We use social media to promote revision tips, books recommendations and English competitions.

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