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English

KS2 English

Key Stage 2

Course content:
At Key Stage 2, the English Department follows the National Curriculum.  We believe that the curriculum is demanding and allows students to build their skills base; as well as giving them the ability to discuss issues and ideas with confidence.

Reading
Guided reading groups are organised within KS2 English groups, with comprehension tasks being given each week.  Accelerated Reader is now in place for Year 5  and 6 and the students are assessed termly for reading ages.  The library is organised so that students can find appropriate reading material easily and a quiz is taken once the book is finished.

Year 5
In Year 5, students are taught in ability groups.  They explore novels, short stories and play scripts from different cultures and time periods; non-fiction writing styles and poetry.

Year 5 English Curriculum

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Year 6
In Year 6, students build on and develop their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.  They explore fiction genres and their key features; non-fiction reading and writing; formal and informal writing styles; poetic devices and develop their speaking and listening skills through discussion and debate.  Reading comprehension is also developed along with punctuation, grammar and spelling, ready for the SATs tests.

Year 6 English Curriculum

Target Setting and Assessment
In Year 6, students are grouped according to ability.  Pupils complete half-termly writing tasks and termly reading tests so that individual targets can be set.

The More Able
In the classroom, work is differentiated to make sure that all students are appropriately supported and challenged. Targeted questioning pushes students to consider their responses carefully.

Support
Support is provided and targeted at the students in line with their ability as reflected in their set placements.  We also offer tailored support for students identified as needing extra help.

KS3 English

ks3eng1At Key Stage 3, the English Department follows the National Curriculum levels up to level 8+.  We believe that the curriculum is demanding and allows students to develop their formal skills base; as well as giving them the ability to discuss issues and ideas with confidence.

Year 7
In Year 7, students study a number of topics starting with Macbeth which will help to develop students’ analytical skills.  They will then move to the remaining topics, Heroes; the fair-trade project; ‘Holes’ and ‘Private Peaceful’  as attached:
Year 7 English Curriculum

Year 8
In Year 8, students build on and develop their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. They will look at WW1 Poetry; ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’; ‘Blood Brothers’; gothic writing; speech making, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and imaginative writing practise.
Year 8 English Curriculum

Year 9
In Year 9, students are preparing for more formal examinations as they move on to Key Stage 4 GCSE courses.  They are expected to develop their essay writing skills, looking at structure and language use within different text types as well as identifying  author intent.  As their confidence improves, they are expected to play with language and word order for effect and will participate in a group debate to practice their speaking and listening skills.
Year 9 English Curriculum

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Target Setting and Assessment
In Key Stage 3, students are grouped according to ability.  Pupils complete half-termly writing tasks and termly reading tests so that individual targets can be set.

The More Able
In the classroom, work is differentiated to make sure that all students are appropriately supported and challenged.  Targeted questioning pushes students to consider their responses carefully.

Support
Support is provided and targeted at the students in line with their ability as reflected in their set placements.  We also offer tailored support for students identified as needing extra help.

 KS3 Reading List
Please find attached a suggested KS3 Reading List which is graded according to the difficulty of the text.  We would encourage all our students (and parents) to read on a regular basis.  KS3 Reading List (2)

GCSE English Literature

Please find attached a copy of the current GCSE English Literature specification:

AQA-8702-SP-2015-V1-1

KS4 / GCSE English

Please find attached a copy of the current GCSE English Language specification:

AQA-8700-SP-2015-V1-2

Please also find below a suggested reading list for KS4 students.  These books, including the GCSE textbooks are available from the school library.

KS4 Suggested Reading