At Arbour Vale School, our English Literacy Curriculum is intended to inspire, excite and engage students in four main areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The students, using the Early Years Framework, P-scales and the National Curriculum (2014), actively participate in English lessons that include foundation skills for reading and writing as well as story-telling in the form of role play, puppetry, sensory experiences, drama, and interactivity. Lessons are designed to provide systematic instruction as well as embedded learning through daily experiences. Pupils within the secondary department are encouraged to obtain English accreditations including ASDAN, AQA units, Entry Level Certificates, and GCSE qualifications.
We recognize that our students have individualized needs in their communication skills; therefore, we orchestrate our lessons to combine individual forms of communication with essential learning targets. The development of a pupil’s communication and language is crucial in supporting the achievement within English and other areas of the curriculum.
Our students participate in key literacy events each year, including Roald Dahl Day, National Story Telling Week, Nursery Rhyme Week, and Summer Reading Challenge. We are proud that many pupils submit their work in writing competitions through Young Writer’s. Whole school assemblies are conducted throughout the year to support literacy events and encourage student participation and interaction.
We are proud to announce that Arbour Vale now has an online levelled reading library for students to access books both at school as well as at home. Students are also encouraged to use various software programs at school to enhance their reading and writing skills.
At Arbour Vale, we offer an English Program that creates a passion for reading and writing while, simultaneously, engages students to communicate in a meaningful manner.