We have high expectations of all pupils in regards to their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Schemes of Learning are designed to target skills progression across both key stages, whilst also finding opportunities to keep lessons engaging and stimulating.
Key Stage 3
Pupils study the full range of skills required for success in KS4. Pupils learn these skills through thematic units of learning designed to engage. These range from looking at the Natural World to the culture of espionage in Ian Fleming’s, James Bond. Our pupils also study a wide range of Literature including a variety of Shakespeare’s plays, Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Pupils will also study poetry linked by themes, and through these mediums are encouraged to develop a wider understanding of the world. Furthermore, pupils are also taught how to write effectively, in a range of styles that explore both fiction and transactional genres.
In order to encourage a love of reading, the English department runs a programme that is integrated into the timetable. These sessions run in one English lesson every week, for Years 7 and 8. Some pupils have the opportunity to work with the school librarian (within the school library) and are guided through engaging reading activities based around a class text. At the end of each half term, there is a Reading Review lesson where pupils complete book reviews (either verbally or in written format) and where they are encouraged to share the vocabulary they have identified whilst reading their books. All of this is designed to enhance language acquisition and application – whatever they choose to read.
Key Stage 4
Pupils study the AQA GCSEs for English Language and Literature. The courses provide opportunities for studying a range of significant modern and pre-1914 literature – developing an understanding of plot, theme and character; exploring the use of language and structure, and also considering the impact of historical context. Pupils also develop their writing skills, with a real emphasis on the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of formats and styles.
GCSE Reading List (2016-17):
• William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
• Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
• George Orwell’s Animal Farm
We believe that providing opportunities to learn in out-of-classroom contexts is essential to developing the aspirations of our pupils. Learners will have the opportunity to attend a variety of extracurricular experiences ranging from BBC Studio experiences, to UEA revision seminars. As well as this, the department supports the whole school House System by running events where pupils can achieve points for their academic successes. This includes the Year 7 Spelling and writing competitions throughout the rest of the key stage.