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Chatsworth High School
& Community College

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English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects. In studying English, pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment. Pupils learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively. Our students have a wide range of abilities and we are committed to enabling them to develop their skills to the best of their individual potential.

Reading & Writing

Reading and writing are vital skills for students to develop. At Chatsworth, our experienced teaching team, are continuously developing how we teach reading to take account new ideas and current research into how young people learn to read. 

Reading is a vast area of learning and for some students their skills are developed by matching photos or symbols of familiar things in their life, sharing sensory stories and looking at bespoke reading books all about them. As students develop more reading skills, we use a range of phonic based and whole word recognition approaches to personalise learning.

In addition to focussed specific reading lessons, students also enjoy a range of text genres in fun, multi sensory and practical ways.

Some of our recent projects include The Highwayman, Goodnight Mr Tom, Romeo & Juliet, The Grinch who stole Christmas, The Snowman, Let Him Have It, Volcanoes and Titanic. Some of our more able students have also enjoyed working together to help write our very own reading scheme!

Students are supported through class work, group work and 1:1 work, including intensive reading intervention.

We use a wide range of reading materials at Chatsworth inclluding the Read Write inc. reading scheme. We are in the process of developing our won bespoke range of reading books for our students.