English

‘Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body’ – Joseph Addison

The English department aims to provide students with a safe and stimulating learning environment so that all young people become successful learners. The academic needs of all learners are catered for through collaboratively planned schemes of work, the content of which is taken directly from the new National Curriculum (2014), and incorporates a range of tasks and activities. Speaking and listening tasks are used to develop a personal response to texts and topics in pairs, small groups and on a whole class level. Students develop an analysis and awareness of different forms of writing, as well as the contexts and cultures within which they were written. A range of features and techniques to create effects and impact are developed through the practise of a range of writing tasks.

Course content

Students study a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and literary non fiction texts from a variety of genres and from across different times, throughout Key Stage 3. Topics include: Speech of Leaders, Macbeth and war poetry. Curriculum content is derived from the new National Curriculum (2014) and aims to both challenge and support students on their journey towards Key Stage 4.

Skills developed

During Key Stage 3, students will develop a wide range of skills. Firstly, we will build on the foundations laid down during Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and then we will develop the skills towards preparation for the challenge and rigour of Key Stage 4. These skills include: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will learn to develop a personal response to texts we read both verbally and in the written form. They will use these texts to develop their own examples of creative and non-fiction writing.