Welcome to our English Curriculum
At White Ash School, we understand that pupils are individual and unique, and learn in a variety of different ways. We aim to deliver a challenging and enjoyable English Curriculum, motivating and immersing our pupils in daily communication, reading, and writing experiences.
Developing the fundamental skills of communication is so important for our pupils. This ensures that they have alternative ways and methods to learn to read and write.
At White Ash, we use a Total Communication Approach, using a range of different methods to support each individual pupil. These are:
Please see our separate Communication page for more information.
Phonics & Reading
The teaching of reading at White Ash is completely tailored to meet the needs of every pupil in our school. Phonics works for some of our learners but not for all. Onsight word reading works for some but not for all. As a school, we recognise that many different approaches and adaptations are needed to ensure that all pupils are engaged in a relevant and exciting curriculum.
All pupils have daily opportunities to develop their communication, phonics knowledge and reading, depending on their ability. Some of these include:
Our goal is to promote a love for reading in all of our pupils.
We also focus on the development of functional/life skills and how learning to recognise and read words or symbols in the environment, can promote independence, and support our pupils in the future.
At White Ash, we support writing skills in a variety of different ways, beginning with fine/gross motor development to formal experiences such as story writing.
Pupils take part in daily writing opportunities that include:
Our aim is to encourage our pupils to develop confidence and independence in their writing skills, but also to have fun and be creative.
More information is outlined in our policies below.
Special events and dates to remember:
Thursday 2nd March 2023 - World Book Day