We believe in challenging students to read and communicate with confidence and accuracy. Students are offered a wide range of opportunities to explore challenging texts from across history, building their cultural capital alongside their literacy skills. We further believe that students should be given opportunities to read like writers and write like readers, using the best exemplars from the literacy cannon to promote students’ ability to express themselves with clarity and precision.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9):
Students explore the fundamentals of reading and writing, building on their skills from KS2 in Year 7 and preparing them for the rigours of KS4 by Year 9. We focus on building a solid foundation of skills and knowledge, upon which students can excel in KS4 English.
Students are provided with exposure to challenging literary texts and challenging ides, from the study of equality on modern society in Year 8 to the study of Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ in Year 9.
Alongside this, students in Years 7 and 8 have a weekly spelling, punctuation and grammar lesson to build their fundamental skills that are vital to successful communication in KS4 and later life. Students in Years 7 and 8 also have access to a weekly library lesson where they read independently using the Accelerated Reader system, promoting independence, reading comprehension and a love of reading for pleasure.
As your child progresses through KS3, the texts they study and the skills they are taught will provide increased challenge to prepare them for the rigours of KS4.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11):
Students will study two GCSEs – English Language and English Literature, following the AQA specification.
For English Language, students will build on the fundamental skills they developed in KS3 to craft their own writing and to analyse the work of others. They will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts from across history to explore how writers craft meaning and to use this exploration to become more effective writers. Your children will study English Language alongside English Literature, using their knowledge of the writers’ craft from their study of literature to develop their wider understanding of unseen texts.
For English Literature, students will study four literacy texts: Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, ‘An Inspector Calls’ and a collection of Power and Conflict poetry. Students will explore layers of meaning within these texts, understanding the contexts in which they are written and studying writers’ crafting of meaning through language and structure. As the year progresses, students will be expected to revise their knowledge of the texts in preparation for their final exams in Year 11.
Across KS4, students will complete full mock examination papers to prepare them for their final examinations in Year 11.
Support Your Child – useful links and advice
- Reading and Literacy including non-fiction and fiction texts such as novels, newspapers and magazines.
- Discussing with students what they have read and what they thought of it.
- Writing, including spelling, punctuation and correct grammar.
- BBC Bitesize website