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English

Key Stage 2

 

Reading for pleasure is built over time with class reading books being linked to art, design technology, geography and history. 

 

Students also have their own reading book and we read daily to embed reading for pleasure. 

 

As well as this, students are taught using the Read, Write Inc Spelling, Literacy and Language and Comprehension programmes. 

 

There are currently plans in place for our Year 6 students to have a go at completing their SATS exams.

 

Key Stage 3

 

In KS3, students have five lessons a week in English. 

 

Three lessons a week are based upon the following units:

Year 7

 

Shakespeare Crash Course

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Frankenstein: The Play by Mary Shelley adapted by Philip Pullman

Nature Poetry

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Our Day Out by Willy Russell

Year 8

 

Lark by Antony McGowan

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

War Poetry

The Curious Incident of the Do in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Year 9

 

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Love Poetry

Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

As well as this, students take part in one reciprocal reading session and one dedicated writing lesson per week. Students are also encouraged to read independently with a chance to select a new book in their fortnightly library lesson. 

 

Students are assessed in their reading, writing and spelling ages twice a year. As well as this, Year 9 students work towards an appropriate Entry Level certificate to help to prepare them for future Level 1 and 2 exams.

 

Key Stage 4

 

In Key Stage 4, students will either follow a Functional Skills pathway or a GCSE pathway. Regardless of pathway, all students will study English Literature, enjoying the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development that comes with reading insightful texts written by masters of the written word. 

 

Students study the Eduqas syllabus for English Literature and read the following set texts:

 

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology

 

For English Language, students study the Eduqas syllabus. This involves preparing to read and respond to unseen texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries, as well as developing fiction and non-fiction writing skills.

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