To develop students' communication skills so that they become enthusiastic; responsive and knowledgeable speakers; listeners; readers; and writers.
To help students understand how language enables them to experience and appreciate their world.
To help students understand the part language plays in enabling them to express their ideas, feelings, and experiences, and those of others.
To help students understand the function and importance of standard English.
To ensure students leave the Academy with n English GCSE/functional skills qualification so they are equipped to continue their education or pursue employment in the wider world.
To help students understand that learning new skills nd making progress can be lots of fun.
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An important focus in key stage 3 is to allow students to develop an interest and passion for reading both for pleasure and for purpose. To help students who struggle with reading, we use high-interest, graded readers and have invested in some audio books and an iPad. We have an extensive range of material in our library and regularly consult students regarding book preferences so that new purchases remain relevant.
During key stage 3, students are given plenty of opportunities to develop their basic skills. Films, texts, and internet clips are used to enhance learning and promote enjoyment of English.
During key stage 4, students are taught functional skills and English GCSE. Functional skills are practical skills in English used in daily life and may include: working out travel timetables, writing an application letter, surfing the internet to search for a recipe, or reading the instructions to flat-pack furniture. Functional skills qualifications in English can be taken alongside English GCSE.
We recognise that many students arriving at The Peak Academy have experienced significant disruption to their education. The reading age of all students is assessed on arrival and the results determine the level of texts that students read. The programme used for literary is Read, Write Inc Fresh Start.
Literacy also has a high priority across the curriculum; key words and literacy mats are used in all subjects to support students reading, writing, and communication skills.
Read, Write Inc. is a phonics-based programme to support reading and writing that we have recently started at The Peak Academy. Although we are only just beginning, we have been able to see the impact it is having on our students who are following the programme.
Fresh Start is a programme that:
Embeds learning through partner practice.
Engages students with age-appropriate anthologies.
Assesses students to ensure they are having the best provision to make speedy progress.
Students were assessed before beginning the programme and put into groups according to their learning needs. If tutors believe students are making accelerated progress, they will ask for a new assessment and could change groups. All staff delivering the programme have received training in how to say the phonics as well as how to teach the modules.
The national curriculum is made up of a number of subjects, each of which is split into separate topics.
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