Watermill School, Turnhurst Road,

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 6JZ

School Tel: (01782) 883737   INSPIRE Tel: (01782) 883777

Executive Headteacher: Mr J May

Secondary Pathway 1

Secondary Pathway 1

In this pathway, the adapted KS3 National Curriculum for English is delivered creatively to build upon the skills and knowledge learnt in the Primary Pathways. Each unit for this pathway is based upon high quality fiction texts with more complex plots, characters and settings. Pupils will learn about the features of non-fiction genres, including; recounts, instructions, reports, persuasion, explanation and discussion. Pupils in this pathway learn about the structure of a range of poetry types and work towards creating their own. 

Reading: Books and reading are celebrated and pupils read frequently. Daily story time sessions with longer texts occur and pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure. Pupils in this pathway are supported to access the Rapid Reading and Phonics program, through guided reading sessions, to develop their reading and comprehension skills. For those pupils proficient in decoding, guided reading sessions are planned based on more complex texts; which are chosen for engagement and enjoyment. In these guided reading sessions, pupils are asked questions which require them to skim and scan, use evidence in the text to infer meaning and draw upon their own personal experience and wider understanding of the world.

Writing: Pupils are encouraged to write as much as possible and use writing across all areas of the curriculum. Writing is celebrated and pupils praised for effort as well as success within their writing. Regular independent writing occurs to enable pupils to develop their skills and support is given to those pupils that need it. Pupils build upon their knowledge of the structure of writing, grammar and punctuation across different text types.

Communication: In this pathway, pupils build upon the communication skills developed in the Primary Pathways. They learn about communicating on a range of topics in a range of situations; including adapting to formal situations. There are opportunities for pupils to develop their conversation and discussion skills; contributing appropriately and responding to the views and contributions of others.

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Secondary Pathway 1

In this pathway, the adapted KS3 National Curriculum for English is delivered creatively to build upon the skills and knowledge learnt in the Primary Pathways. Each unit for this pathway is based upon high quality fiction texts with more complex plots, characters and settings. Pupils will learn about the features of non-fiction genres, including; recounts, instructions, reports, persuasion, explanation and discussion. Pupils in this pathway learn about the structure of a range of poetry types and work towards creating their own. 

Reading: Books and reading are celebrated and pupils read frequently. Daily story time sessions with longer texts occur and pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure. Pupils in this pathway are supported to access the Rapid Reading and Phonics program, through guided reading sessions, to develop their reading and comprehension skills. For those pupils proficient in decoding, guided reading sessions are planned based on more complex texts; which are chosen for engagement and enjoyment. In these guided reading sessions, pupils are asked questions which require them to skim and scan, use evidence in the text to infer meaning and draw upon their own personal experience and wider understanding of the world.

Writing: Pupils are encouraged to write as much as possible and use writing across all areas of the curriculum. Writing is celebrated and pupils praised for effort as well as success within their writing. Regular independent writing occurs to enable pupils to develop their skills and support is given to those pupils that need it. Pupils build upon their knowledge of the structure of writing, grammar and punctuation across different text types.

Communication: In this pathway, pupils build upon the communication skills developed in the Primary Pathways. They learn about communicating on a range of topics in a range of situations; including adapting to formal situations. There are opportunities for pupils to develop their conversation and discussion skills; contributing appropriately and responding to the views and contributions of others.