English is vital for communicating with others in school and the wider world.
Our aims are:
- to develop students’ confidence and skills in reading, writing and spoken language
- to provide a foundation for our Beyond School Curriculum
- for all students to achieve an English qualification to support their next steps
Many of our students arrive with poor literacy or having experienced much failure in English believing they ‘can’t read’ or ‘can’t spell’. Some arrive with a love of reading or writing but feel they are behind because poor attendance has meant there are gaps in their literacy or subject knowledge. Our intent is to develop their confidence, resilience and independence by assessing their skills and knowledge and providing individualised learning to plug any gaps and teach them strategies to approach any areas they find difficult.
|Key Stage 3 2019/2020|
|Half Term 1||20th Century Fiction Reading and Writing
|Half Term 2||21st Century Non Fiction Reading and Writing
Biography and Autobiography – A life’s story
|Half Term 3
|21st Century Non Fiction Reading and Writing
|Half Term 4||Literary Heritage
Shakespeare – Macbeth /Drama
|Half Term 5
|20th Century Fiction Reading and Writing
|Half Term 6||Poetry
Exam preparation and revision
|Key Stage 4 Academic Pathway||Eduqas GCSE English Language||Eduqas GCSE English Literature|
|Half Term 1||Component 1: 20th Century Fiction Reading and Writing||Component 2: Section A Post 1914 Prose – The Woman in Black|
|Half Term 2||Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Writing||Component 2: Section B 19th Century Prose – A Christmas Carol|
|Half Term 3||Component 2: skill development||Component 1 and 2 Poetry (anthology and unseen)|
|Half Term 4||Component 1: skill development and Component 3 Spoken Language||Component 1 Section A: Shakespeare – Macbeth|
|Half Term 5
|Exam Preparation / Revision / Skills||Exam Preparation / Revision / Skills|
|Half Term 6||Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Writing||Component 2: Section A Post 1914 Drama – An Inspector Calls|
|Key Stage 4 Vocational Pathway||Eduqas GCSE English Language|
|Half Term 1||Component 1: 20th Century Fiction Reading and Writing|
|Half Term 2||Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Writing|
|Half Term 3||Component 2: skill development
|Half Term 4||Component 1: skill development Component 3 Spoken Language|
|Half Term 5
|Exam Preparation / Revision / Skills|
|Half Term 6||Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Writing|
Students have two English lessons and a literacy lesson each week. We follow different programmes of study each year, covering all aspects of the English National Curriculum over 3 years. Each is topic based and differentiated across the year groups as classes are taught in mixed age and ability groups.
The KS3 teacher is the SEN Coordinator. All lessons are differentiated to meet individual need and topics are chosen to engage pupils. Pupils are assessed and monitored for any barriers to progress – either a learning or a social and emotional difficulty. Where appropriate, pupils are referred for specialist assessment and an Education Health and Care Plan is requested if appropriate.
We offer a range of qualifications to meet individual student’s needs based on their future ambitions, whether that be A Levels, college, apprenticeships or employment with training.
KS4 Academic Pathway: students have 4 lessons each week and follow an integrated curriculum leading to qualifications in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.
KS4 Vocational Pathway: students have 2 lessons each week leading to a qualification in GCSE English Language with an option for Functional Skills or Entry Level dependant on their ability.
We follow different programmes of study each year, covering all aspects of the English National Curriculum over 2 years. Each is topic based and differentiated across the year groups as classes are taught in mixed age and ability groups.
The KS4 teacher is an experienced GCSE examiner for Language and Literature across a range of exam boards so GCSE teaching is informed with an insight into examiner expectations and strategies which will aid exam success. Many of our students arrive part way through their GCSE course, but because we have established links with schools in the district and an understanding of a range of exam boards, we are able to support students through their GCSE course, regardless of when they join us.
We have smaller class sizes and TA support in all lessons which allows a personalised approach and an environment where students can express themselves more freely. All English classrooms have full ICT suites allowing all students to word process their work in lessons and examinations, easing the process of planning, structuring and redrafting work, particularly for students with SEN needs.
We also use a computer-based literacy intervention programme: Lexia Power Up which is a personalised tool for addressing gaps in fundamental literacy skills while helping students build the higher order skills they need to comprehend, analyse, evaluate, and compare increasingly complex literary and informational texts.
Development of programmes of study to enrich the ‘Cultural Capital’ of students through English lessons across all key stages.
Work closely with other subject areas to develop cross curricular links to allow our students greater opportunities to make and develop meaningful links in their learning.
Provide increased opportunities for students to experience the wealth of live professional theatre in our local area.
GCSE English Language supports applications to both academic and vocational pathways. Most A Level and Level 3 courses or apprenticeships require a grade 4 in English Language. Most Level 2 courses or apprenticeships require a grade 3 and many Level 1 courses accept a grade 1 or 2 in English Language.
There are many careers for lovers of English: Digital Copywriter, Editorial Assistant, Journalist, English Teacher, University Lecturer, Speech and Language Therapist, Lawyer, Barrister.
|Copywriter||Writing lines for advertising campaigns. Writing copy for selling consumer products and services, constructing press releases or writing informative and insightful articles for websites.||A university course; an apprenticeship; specialist training courses with professional bodies; a graduate training scheme.
|Librarian||Working in public libraries, schools, universities and larger archives or private collections, organising and categorising books for ease of use and assisting with research.||A university course; a graduate training scheme; start as a Library Assistant and work your way up.|
|Screenwriter||Writing scripts and screenplays, which can then be adapted for television, films, graphic novels, video games and other media.||A university course; a college course; applying directly; specialist courses run by private training providers.|