Birchwood School aims to support young people with ASC to develop their ability to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through the teaching of English, young people will have a change to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.


  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently for a wide range of purposes
  • Are competent speakers in a range of situations



Writing is broken down into two areas, transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing). Through a topic approach, young people will have exposure to a range of genres.

Spoken Language

Spoken language is important in order to develop the whole curriculum and underpins all areas especially reading and writing. Effective communication skills are essential. Social communication is taught primarily during Snack and Chat with children being given the opportunity to develop it during break times.

Spelling, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and glossary

Spelling, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and glossary are important and should be taught discretely and reinforced in other lessons.


BWS 08 English and communication