Key Stage 2
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
At Key Stage 3, students are given the opportunity to explore a variety of different texts from Shakespeare to those written the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. They are encouraged to read extensively and independently to build their vocabulary in preparation for the rigorous content of the GCSE course. Simplified versions of the GCSE exam papers for Language are provided for students to enable them to become familiar with the expectations and command language of exams.
Additionally, we aim to promote the development of student’s writing skills, building upon the foundations set in Key Stage 2 English. Students are enabled to express their ideas with confidence, writing in a range of genres both fiction and non-fiction. Our aim is to support students with the development of sophisticated writing styles through exposure to various texts from different time periods, the exploration of effective and engaging writing and with a focus in enabling them to confidently utilise a range of linguistic techniques in their own pieces of writing.
As a department, we aim to promote a love of language whether it be fiction or non-fiction. We discuss topical events with students to further broaden their knowledge of the wider-world, understand how British values play a part within these and encourage them to confidently develop their own individual points of view. English works closely with the Leader for Language to promote a love of reading, to explore different genres, to look at etymology and to join us in our ‘Reading for Pleasure’ groups.
At Key Stage 4, students begin to prepare for their GCSE English Literature and Language awards. The English department use the AQA exam specification. For further information, please access the link below for the AQA GCSE: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse
Please note that the English department use the following study texts for Literature:
A Christmas Carol
An Inspector Calls
Power and Conflict Poetry
KS3 Reading List
Please find below 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 English Reading List
Please also find below a suggested reading list for KS4 students. A selection of these books, including the GCSE textbooks are available from the school library.
KS4 English Reading List
A Parents’ Guide