Oakfield provides a great many opportunities for pupils to develop their English skills.
Our Specialist English Team:
Miss Liz Hall (Head of English)
Our Enrichment Centre (EC)Librarian:
Oakfield Academy English Department aims to develop a love of reading and writing through an inspiring 4 year curriculum.
English Year 5
In Year 5, children are inspired by a range of different texts which develop both their reading and writing skills. In narrative forms, for example, we investigate texts which challenge our view on people, friendship and our own place within the community as well as looking at stories through the medium of poetry. A range of non-fiction forms are developed in writing including formal letters to the first schools, persuasive debates and instructions. Every year the children have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a whole class novel which is used as a springboard for various writing skills in addition to developing reading comprehension. Reading is supported through our Accelerated Reading programme which runs through the four years at Oakfield . The teaching of grammar and spelling is realised through both discreet lessons and as an integrated element when reading or writing is the focus. Opportunities to develop confidence in speaking to an audience are run though our annual ‘Poetry Slam’ Competition where students write and perform their own poetry.
English Year 6
The learning in Year 6 builds on the skills and knowledge developed in Year 5 across all areas of English. Children build up a portfolio of a range of writing in preparation for SATs which includes explanation texts, autobiography, short stories which include developed character and setting descriptions, formal reports and letters. As in Year 5, reading skills are taught through dedicated guided reading sessions as well as exam preparation for the SATs paper. Grammar and spelling are also taught alongside the reading and writing genre focus along with discreet lessons being delivered.
English Year 7
When moving into Year 7, children are given the opportunity to develop their skills through creative activities and experience a broad range of challenging texts. Children are encouraged to analyse text and begin to structure their understanding in writing. Class novels are enjoyed by all children and used as a stimulus for a range of writing and comprehension skills development. In Year 7 children study the life and works of Shakespeare looking at language, performance and the context of our greatest playwright. Short story writing is also developed through a selection of suspense short stories.
English Year 8
Throughout Year 8 knowledge and skills continue to be developed with independence and challenge continuing to be of great importance. As well as developing understanding of poetry and experiencing it within context, children have an opportunity to look at the books from a socio-political perspective and explore a Shakespeare text through film and theme. Both reading and writing are taught in parallel throughout KS3 with future GSCE skills at the centre of all lesson planning.
Every year we hold a poetry slam for year 5.
The children create poems in class ready to perform to an audience.
Children have to compete through a number of rounds in order to reach the final – an evening of performance poetry.
We work very closely with The Hunting Raven, our local bookshop, to give our students the opportunity to meet authors. Staff from The Hunting Raven will often judge our writing and poetry competitions.
World Book Day:
Every year we celebrate National World Book Week by a whole school extravaganza of events. Students can participate in a range of competitions such as: dress as your favourite book character, extreme reading photos and shoe-box dioramas.
Oakfield is an Accelerated Reader School:
At its heart, Accelerated Reader is simple. A student reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills. Accelerated Reader gives teachers the information they need to monitor students’ reading practice and make informed decisions to guide their future learning. A comprehensive set of reports reveals how much a student has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read. Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well students have responded to reading schemes and class instruction.
Accelerated Reader Information
In Key Stage 3 our more able students will be given homework booklets which will encourage independent learning. These homework books have been developed with the principle of developing independence – independent thinking, learning and coping.
The booklets are intended to enable a shift in responsibility for learning from the teacher to the student. This is a gradual process with scaffolding in place: each task is explored and discussed in the classroom before your child comes home and works on the task independently.
We hope that the booklet helps develop higher thinking skills such as: curiosity, passion, inspiration, discernment, self-motivation, self-examination, accountability, critical thinking and persistence. It will also develop the ability of the pupil to know when they need support.
The homework books are not close marked for spelling, punctuation or grammar, or marked right or wrong. They are intended to enrich and inspire scholarship around the subject and engage with ideas that we are unable to fit into the core curriculum.
Students who need more structured and supported homework will have booklets which will help the students practice key comprehension and proof reading skills. They will be marked in a variety of ways including: teacher, peer or self assessment.
When the booklet is completed the students will be rewarded for their independent learning skills through our Homework Booklet Awards.
In Key Stage 2 we have a cohesive and differentiated programme for spelling through our Spelling Homework booklets.
Most of our students will be studying their spelling in through the explicit teaching of morphemes. This is a proven method to improve not only spelling confidence and ability but also have a significant effect on vocabulary growth. The weekly spelling lists will have either a phonic or morpheme theme which will be discussed in lessons previous to the homework being set.
Students who need further support will be given spelling activities based on the Nelson spelling programme. Nelson Spelling covers all the essential spelling patterns and rules and differentiated at three levels.
Our dyslexic students are encouraged to learn the same spellings as their peers with teacher led support and adjustments.