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How do you teach English at Milestone Academy?

Milestone Academy is dedicated to providing our students with the best possible learning opportunities across all areas of the curriculum. We recognise that English plays a key role in everything we do and believe that our students should be exposed to consistent and outstanding learning opportunities in English, extending across all other subject areas.

Milestone’s English Curriculum, prioritises the individual needs of the students, is enriched with age-appropriate materials and promotes high expectations for all through challenges and opportunities.

In consultation with schools across Kent, we have developed a progress-based curriculum which will see students supported in an age and ability-appropriate manner, with opportunities for structured learning and clear progression steps.

The English Curriculum is divided into four key strands as outlined in the National Curriculum (2014):

  • Writing: Handwriting, Transcription, COmposition, Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
  • Reading: Word Reading and Composition (Understanding and Responding)
  • Speaking: Expressive Communication
  • Listening: Receptive Communication

What does our curriculum look like?

At Milestone, students follow an individualised and sequenced curriculum pathway dependent on their needs, start points and aspirations for the future.

Our English curriculum for each pathway include the following core elements:

  • Brook: Regular sensory/massage stories, intensive interaction, gross motor activities and specific target work.
  • Stream: ​Regular gross/fine motor activities such as Write Dance and Clever Fingers, weekly library sessions with opportunities for whole class and 1:1 reading, daily phonics/initial sound lessons following the Sounds Write initial code program and opportunities for developing communication and understanding.
  • River: ​Regular fine motor activities such as Write Dance and Clever Fingers, weekly library sessions with opportunities for whole class and 1:1 reading, daily phonics/initial sound lessons following the Sounds Write initial code program, Write from the start, a pre-writing intervention scheme and opportunities for developing communication and comprehension.
  • Waterfall: ​ Regular fine motor activities such as Clever Fingers, weekly library sessions with opportunities for whole class and 1:1 reading, daily phonics lessons following the Sounds Write extended code and polysyllabic words program, letter formation/handwriting activities and opportunities for developing communication and comprehension.
  • Phase 4 (including the Sixth Form:​​ The functional skills based nature of our Phase 4 education does imply some slight changes to the English Curriculum for our oldest students, as at this stage our students can begin to seek accreditation courses.

We are a Total Communication school which means no matter what pathway the pupils are on, their communication needs are met throughout the day through the use of signing, symbols, objects, body language and verbalisations.These skills are practiced and embedded with our curriculum providing opportunities for rich language and communication to be developed.