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Falinge Park High School

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CALL

Mr S De Courcey – Head of CALL

“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer”

– Randy Pausch

Compelling Learning in CALL

Creative and Literacy Learning (CALL) is a specially constructed cross-curricular subject taught exclusively to all Year 7 learners. The subject aims to develop pupils as creative thinkers, independent learners and effective participators. It develops the speaking and listening skills of learners through a range of strategies and aims to promote the enjoyment and benefit of reading for a range of purposes. CALL offers pupils of all abilities the opportunity to write for a range of purposes and audiences and to build a deeper engagement with active learning.

The curriculum model draws on skills typically utilised in successful deeper learning across all subject areas and challenges learners to develop them to unprecedented levels. It promotes a sophisticated intellectual curiosity for contemporary and historic global issues and encourages the acquisition of further cultural capital within the locality, regionally and nationally.

Curriculum

Over the course of Year 7, learners study five Learning Schemes: ‘How To Change The World In Five Easy Steps’, ‘Survival!’,’Underground’, ‘Myths and Legends’ and ‘Other Worlds’. Each scheme follows a sequence of carefully planned lessons to produce a wide range of literacy focused outcomes and homework is issued on a regular basis. There are often long-term project homework booklets issued to develop independent skills and an enthusiasm for challenge. Broad content within each Learning Scheme is indicated below.

‘How To Change The World In Five Easy Steps’
Autumn Half Term 1

  • Tim Peake and The International Space Station
  • Nelson Mandela and Apartheid
  • Emily Pankhurst and the Suffragette Movement
  • Superheroes and Heroes
  • Stereotypes
  • Time Management and Life Skills
  • P.L.T.S.
  • Active Reading Strategies
  • Personal Organisation and Priorities
  • What makes a leader?

‘Survival!’
Autumn Half Term 2

  • Survival Techniques
  • Endangered Species
  • Natural Resources
  • Building A Shelter
  • ‘Operation Island’ Survival Scenario Work
  • ‘Stone Cold’ by Robert Swindells
  • Active Reading Strategies
  • ‘The Key To The Stone’/’Race For The Phone’ Activities
  • Financial Management
  • Personal Health, Hygiene and Well-Being
  • Lateral Thinking Puzzles
  • Formal ‘Survival’ Instructional Speech/Key Assessment

‘Underground’
Spring Half Terms 1 and 2

  • ‘Set Text’ Exploration 1
  • Roman Cities of the Underworld/Archaeology
  • Analysing Historical Sources
  • ‘Home’ Environmental Documentary
  • Gary Neville’s Underground House
  • Designing An Underground City: Materials and Challenges
  • Active Reading Strategies
  • ‘Set Text’ Exploration 2
  • ‘Set Text’ Character Profiles
  • Defending Settlements
  • Formal ‘Living Underground’ Persuasive Speech/Key Assessment

‘Myths And Legends’
Summer Half Term 1

  • ‘In The Beginning and Pandora’s Box’
  • Profiling Greek Gods
  • ‘Jason And The Golden Fleece’ and ‘Jason And The Argonauts’ Comparison
  • Active Reading Strategies
  • Medusa
  • Comparing Media Forms
  • Summarising A Speech
  • Retelling A Myth
  • Myths Of Different Cultures/What’s In A Myth?
  • Formal Twin Text Comparative Speech/Key Assessment

‘Other Worlds’
Summer Half Term 2

  • The Mystery of the Mary Celeste/Reading for Inference
  • Bigfoot/Yeti Legends
  • Bermuda Triangle
  • The Loch Ness Monster
  • The Mystery of Flannan Isle
  • Shipwrecks
  • Active Reading Strategies
  • Showcase Work
  • P.S.H.E.E. Provision

At the start of the course, learners receive a booklet which outlines the content of the year and informs parents how to support their child through the learning process. The course also covers aspects of Personal, Social and Health Education, Citizenship and the ‘Your Falinge Park High School’ provision.

Enrichment

There are a range of extra-curricular projects and opportunities including:

  •  Theatre visits
  •  Museum visits
  •  Work with artists and professionals from a range of organisations
  •  Competitions
  •  Use of the school library homework club and reading projects
  •  ‘Literacy Treasure Trail’ events

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