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English

 

Our Aim:

As a whole college community we are dedicated to providing the opportunity to all our students to reach their full potential in English in preparation for adult life when they leave us.

We reinforce across all subject areas the importance of learning, building upon and cementing skills that are vital for communication.

The English team is working specifically on reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, and use a variety of engaging and creative styles to do this.

The Team:

  • Sally Campion – Teacher
  • Jane Dobson – Literacy resource TA
  • Kevin Doherty – Teacher
  • Anne Douglas – Intervention TA
  • Sarah Ellis – Lead Teacher for English
  • David Holloway – 6th Form English, Assistant Head,
  • Lucy Lock – Teacher
  • Marney Lowe – 6th Form English
  • Carol Noble – 6th Form English, 6th Form Curriculum Lead
  • Carrie-Anne Sillence – Teacher, Marvel Pastoral Leader
  • Heather Whiting – English TA

 

The Curriculum:

MLD students at the College follow a specifically designed long term plan that enables them to experience a wide-ranging set of literary resources. The texts have been carefully chosen from the top rated children’s classics and the suggested texts from the AQA, OCR and Edexel exam boards.

In Key Stage 3 units of work last for a half or full term and across the year will include the skills required to meet each of the Assessment Foci in the Assessing Pupil Progress National Strategy as well as the Key Progress Indicators from the National Curriculum. The team have spent much time selecting appropriate texts which not only demonstrate high quality English skill, but are also engaging, challenging and cover relevant real world issues.

In Key Stage 4 the students begin their accreditation journey and are able to work towards a qualification matching their ability. Generally in Key Stage 4 the units of work last for a full term to incorporate the controlled tasks for accreditation. The students work towards achieving the assessment objectives of the accreditation rather than following APP and the National Curriculum.

Accreditation:

In Key Stage 4 students at Oak Grove College begin to work towards an accreditation. We have adapted the long term plan so that students are able to take English Functional Skills after the Entry Level Certificate. These both focus on the English skills we all need in everyday life, such as writing a letter, applying for a job, planning a trip or holiday and recognising important messages around us in the environment. Functional Skill qualifications are widely recognised by employers and colleges as an indicator of ability.

Students also work on literacy units from the ASDAN course, which again is an accredited qualification in personal development.

6th Form students work on their English skills and will be working on a new set of qualifications from the exam board Ascentis to gain an Extended Award in English Skills. This is a modular course where each student will work on a selection of units over a year at a level matching their personal ability. This enables them to continue their learning path in line with the progression guidance and receive an accredited qualification.

Support:

Within college, students work in small classes with a specialist English teacher and a TA. This enables us to give specific support to students.

For many students improving their skill in English is a real challenge. Support from home is vital for our young people to feel confident and able to try new things.

Talking and listening are the first key steps to improving English skills; so talk to each other, ask questions and model how listening to answers is important. For older students a key area to work on is using formal language (Standard English) in certain situations. Having some fun with this would be a great way to support your child.

Doing things together; playing games, watching television, going shopping, taking a walk, all involve English skills. By showing your child how you deal with everyday things will support them in learning this life skill too.

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