English

Communication and English Curriculum at Watergate

Pupils will be provided with a wide variety of highly differentiated, motivating activities and experiences designed to support pupils to achieve their individual Communication and English IEP targets and Learning Objectives, as well as develop awareness, understanding and skills across the Communication and English Curriculum.

Every pupil attends an ability based Communication English Group daily, although the teaching and learning of Communication and English is a consistent and key priority throughout the school day.

Pupils at Watergate follow either the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum or the National Curriculum depending on their age. Staff at Watergate are highly experienced and skilled in adapting and differentiating both of these curricula in order to meet the learning needs of the pupils and to ensure the curriculum remains appropriate, relevant and functional.

 

Statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of English for each key stage are as follow:

In the EYFS, children should be given opportunities to:

  • Speak and listen and represent ideas in their activities;
  • Use communication, language and literacy in every part of the curriculum;
  • Become immersed in an environment rich in print and possibilities for communication.

At Key Stage One, children should be given opportunities to:

  • Learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say;
  • Read and write independently and with enthusiasm;
  • Use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary words.

At Key Stage Two:

  • Change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences;
  • Read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them;
  • Explore the use of language in literary and non-literary texts and learn how the structure of language works.

 

For pupils at Watergate School working below National Curriculum attainment levels, the P Scales document or Development Matters (for pupils in the EYFS) provide attainment targets and performance descriptors.

The Communication and English curriculum at Watergate is linked to the school’s two year topic cycle through a programme of recommended texts and reading materials.

In order to ensure progression and differentiation for the pupils across the Key Stages, the programme of recommended texts and reading materials takes into account the age of the pupils and the expectations for pupils’ learning at each key stage.  The recommended texts programme also ensures coverage of high quality texts from a range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and reference reading materials.  How these texts are used with pupils depends entirely upon their learning needs, abilities and interests.

2 Year Cycle of reading materials and text genres:

 

EYFS

KS1

LKS2

UKS2

Year 1 of cycle
Autumn Term:

Travel & Transport

Poetry (rhymes & songs)

 

Fiction

Poetry (rhymes, songs & poems)

 

Fiction

Fiction

 

Non-Fiction & Reference (maps, timetables, journey plans, postcards)

Fiction

 

Non-Fiction & Reference (timetables, maps, atlases, journey plans, tickets, postcards and letters)

Spring Term:

Food

Non-Fiction & Reference (cookery and recipe books)

 

Fiction

Non-Fiction & Reference (cookery and recipe books)

 

Fiction

Non-Fiction & Reference (cookery and recipe books, ingredient lists)

 

Fiction

Non-Fiction & Reference (cookery and recipe books, ingredient lists)

 

Fiction

Summer Term: Caring for our World Poetry (rhymes, call & response)

 

Non- Fiction

Poetry (rhymes, call & response)

 

Non- Fiction

Poetry (call & response, poems)

 

Non- Fiction

Poetry (call & response, poems)

 

Non- Fiction

Year 2 of cycle
Autumn Term:

Light & Sound

Poetry (rhymes & songs)

 

Fiction

Poetry (rhymes, songs & poems)

 

Fiction

Poetry (musical poems)

 

Fiction

Poetry (musical poems)

 

Fiction

Spring Term:

Where we Live

Non-Fiction & Reference (photos, maps, objects,

 

Fiction

Non-Fiction & Reference (photos, maps, objects

 

Fiction

Non-Fiction & Reference (maps, photos, objects,

 

Fiction

Non-Fiction & Reference (maps, atlases, photos, objects

 

Fiction

Summer Term:

Myself & the Animal Kingdom

Poetry (rhymes & songs)

 

Fiction

Poetry (rhymes, songs & poems)

 

Fiction

Poetry (poems)

 

Non-Fiction & Reference

Poetry (poems)

 

Non-Fiction & Reference

 

The teaching of Communication and English across the school also makes full and effective use of a wide range of augmentative communication aids as appropriate for each pupil’s needs, including (but not exclusive to):

  • Symbols & Photos
  • Makaton Signs
  • Low and high tech communication aids (such as switches, iPads, EyeGaze)
  • Objects of Reference
  • Gesture
  • Facial expressions
  • Vocalisations
  • Body movements
  • Touch Cues

…and a range of learning spaces and resources including:

  • Interactive Learning Studios
  • Soft Play
  • Outdoor classroom
  • Sensory Garden & Adventure Playground
  • Communication Support Bases

 

 

School Times

School Day

Mon-Fri 9.15am to 3:30pm,

 

Early years / Infants Lunchtime 11.45am -12.30pm

Juniors Lunchtime 12-12:45pm

 

School Office - Telephone: 020 8695 6555

 

Office Email - admin@watergate.lewisham.sch.uk

 

Headteacher

Fiona Veitch

 

Headteacher@watergate.lewisham.sch.uk

Watergate School | Lushington Rd, London SE6 3WG