English

English is a subject of high priority at Highfurlong School. Through engaging and high quality lessons, we aim to help students to develop a love of English and an enjoyment of learning. All teachers and support staff play an important role in facilitating this. English enables children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively. They will become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. We challenge children of all abilities and strive towards all being the best that they can be in this subject. Through English lessons, pupils are given a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. The English curriculum aims to develop language skills in four different areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

All students across the school are to engage in reading daily. Key Stage 1-4 follow the Oxford reading tree at the appropriate level. KS5 students access a more age appropriate reading scheme daily. The importance of developing a love of literature and developing healthy reading habits and behaviours is integral to the curriculum. We encourage students to read for pleasure in addition to reading for learning.

Throughout the school, the overarching approach to teaching phonics is ‘Letters and sounds.’ Although, for most of our students, phonics and reading cannot be taught in the conventional systematic way. Our teachers and support staff tailor their teaching of reading and phonics to each individual.

Students in Highfurlong are supported to access their writing in a range of ways. We use a range of online programmes to support writing such as Clicker and Sym writer. Some students are taught through sensory writing and engage in mark making. Students are taught through the national curriculum differentiated to the appropriate level.

Phonics

Reading is a high priority at Highfurlong and all students access the ‘Oxford Tree’ Reading Scheme, alongside a range of additional schemes tailored to suit individual students. Due to the needs and abilities of our students, phonics is taught throughout the school at each key stage where needed. Throughout the school, the overarching approach to teaching phonics is ‘Letters and sounds.’ Although, for most of our students, phonics and reading cannot be taught in the conventional systematic way. Our teachers and support staff adapt and tailor their teaching of reading and phonics to each individual student to ensure they can access phonics sessions and make good progress.