English at WAVE

Every AP within our MAT has an English lead teacher. Here are a few words from each about themselves, and their classrooms across the two counties...





At WAVE MAT, we follow the Read Write Inc phonics programme in Primary and with 'Fresh Start' for some older students in order to support the development of reading and writing. The company have made daily phonics lessons for younger students available for free at this time. You can access them here, along with a number of useful parent guide videos to accompany the scheme and that can help you learn more about how you can support your child on their reading and literacy journey at home.

ReadWriteInc Phonics

To accompany the programme, a range of lovely stories are read aloud here:

Story Time



"The National Theatre Collection makes the best of British Theatre available worldwide to libraries, schools, universities and the wider education sector. Our unique collection presents high quality recordings of 30 world-class productions, giving you the best seats in the house whenever you want." 

Students and staff at WAVE can access the collection for free until the end of July 2020. For our GCSE students who study English Literature, you can watch acclaimed performances of Shakespeare's plays as well as adaptations of Frankenstein and other classics. Please ask your English teacher at WAVE for details of how to log in to the NT site:


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Teaching cursive handwriting is given time and attention in the primary curriculum in UK schools. Teaching how to type effectively shares less space currently within the national curriculum. And yet, as we know, we are all typists and increasingly so... 

Ever thought about learning to touch type? How many words to you punch into a screen every day? In today's fast moving world of technology and quick messaging, developing this skill could really help you to let your ideas and inner voice flow. During lockdown, it can be a great thing to have a go at learning something new, and it's never too late to learn.

You can do so for free in a course of online lessons here:

Touch typing course

There is a similar programme aimed to develop touch typing skills aimed at our younger primary students here:

BBC KS2 primary Touch Typing course

We know the importance of developing empathy in our young people and society, and we're seeing it in action in these current times as communities look to support each other. So what is empathy? And how can we develop it? Reading and discussing stories and characters is a great way! 

'In reading, you get to feel things, visit places and worlds you would never otherwise know. You learn that everyone else out there is a me, as well. Empathy is a tool for building people into groups, for allowing us to function as more than self-obsessed individuals'-Neil Gaiman

You can read more about the work and research underpinning how reading can help develop empathy and the work of EmpathyLab UK here:

EmpathyLabUK-find out more here

On June 9th 2020, it is Empathy Day, and a lot of free family learning resources have been produced to support home learning. There are videos of some great and classic stories; children's laureate Cressida Cowell and author Malorie Blackman leading online activities, as well as games and activities to support empathetic thinking and understanding. You can access these by clicking the link below.

Family Activities-Read for Empathy

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Studying English Literature takes us on journeys to other worlds and cultures as well as to that of our own. Through literature, we learn and experience great human truths and dilemmas played out. Through insights into the minds, lives, thoughts and characters of others, we can develop empathy and ask searching questions, as well as learn about history and our place in it. As such, we believe Literature holds a very important space within our curriculum at WAVE and seek every opportunity to explore books with our classes- and for older students, study for the GCSE in English Literature. 

Here are some useful links to study resources for the AQA GCSE depending on which books you may be studying in class.

Writing and Analysing Poetry

Using Quotations and Textual References


An Inspector Calls

A Christmas Carol

At Key Stage 3, AQA have issued this resource booklet for introducing 19th Century Literature:

AQA 19th Century Literature at Key Stage 3 pdf


Reading or listening to audiobooks are both great ways of accessing stories and enjoying the world of books. One is not 'less' or 'more' than the other, and both activities involve engaging parts of the creative brain. In praise of audiobooks, and the value of this way of accessing a world of books is discussed by academics from the University of Texas here in a podcast:


There are lots of free audiobooks available via the BBC sounds app. A few suggestions are below:


Some great ideas to inspire creativity and ideas are available here, in a downloadable booklet form; a daily live interactive lesson with Pie Corbett; or within a daily blog with creative ideas for literacy.


Head to summerreadingchallenge.org.uk (see link below) to stay up to date with all the info ahead of the launch on 5 June.

Summer Reading Challenge 2020