English Faculty

English at Talbot Specialist School

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein

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It is with enormous pleasure that I welcome you to Talbot English Faculty. Paul Moohan English Faculty Lead Paul Moohan

I’ve had the pleasure of leading the English Faculty from September 2015 and have helped co-ordinate English lessons for all pupils from Y7-Y11 with Post 16 pupils accessing embedded English through their cross curricular, choice lead curriculum. 

Students access a three route curriculum and access English through bespoke sensory, physical and creative learning opportunities. We incorporate traditional English techniques and strategies with progressive game based learning opportunities to deliver a vibrant and stimulating English curriculum. Learning is still assessed utilising P levels although we also use photographic/video evidence and school assessment tools as schools to provide rich information about the progress our students are making.. Lessons are enriched by a wide range of immersive learning opportunities such as our annual celebration of World Book Day and different performances. We provide a wide range of fine motor and gross motor activities in lessons in order to help every student reach their full potential. We incorporate; Makaton, symbols drama, digital media and assistive technology in lessons in order to give our students the best possible ‘tool kit’ and opportunity to communicate and interact with the world around them. We work hard to form partnerships across school, particularly with the Creative Arts Faculty, thus giving students numerous opportunities to perform both in school and as part of prestigious national festivals. Please visit ‘Latest News’ on this website for more details of our current initiatives

Other English Faculty partners include:

Talbot Technology Faculty, Talbot Communication Team, Shakespeare Schools Festival; National Theatre Connections; Sheffield Theatres, Fischer Family Trust  

Projects 2016/17

  • Our projects for this academic year include:
  • November 15th 2016 : King Lear at the Montgomery Theatre, Sheffield as part of Shakespeare Schools Festival
  • September 2016-July 2017  Expansion of English 3 Route Curriculum planning
  • September 2016-July 2017, development of  236 English lesson support packs
  •  March 2nd 2017 Celebration of World Book Day
  • Spring 2 2017 Physical Phonics Immersion Activities
  • July 2017 School Pantomime
  • O.C.R Entry Level Accreditation

Highlights from previous years include:

  • G.C.S.E Success
  • O.C.R Success
  • Book Sales
  • Second Hand Book Exchange
  • Meet and Greet Story Book Characters (student ambassadors)
  • 3 Library Area Decoration
  • Staff and Professional Reading
  • Peer to Peer Reading
  • Whole School Story Writing
  • SPAG Challenge
  • Multi-Sensory SPAG
  • Book Club
  • Drama Challenge
  • Debate Club
  • Film Watching club
  • Film Making Club
  • Purple Mash Homework
  • Poetry Competition
  • Short Story Competition
  • 4D Sensory Story Experience
  • Sensory Story Bag Competition and performance
  • Silly Sentence Construction
  • Fancy dress Activities  
  • Makaton
  • E-mail a friend
  • Class to Class pen friends

Accreditation

  • O.C.R Entry Level English
  • G.C.S.E as appropriate
  • Embedded English skills in all other school accreditation.

Please feel free to contact me here in school or by emailing me at pmoohan@talbot.sheffield.sch.uk  should you have any queries about our work.

I look forward to meeting you. Paul Moohan: English Faculty Lead

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