Key Stage 3 Curriculum
The English Curriculum meets the demands of the National Curriculum whilst also ensuring we meet the specific needs of our learners.
Ultimately, the aim of the department is to expose pupils to excellent examples of language being put to effective use, and to encourage and enable pupils to utilise language more effectively themselves. We work with other departments – notably Drama – to develop pupils’ communication skills and their confidence.
We deliver a knowledge-rich but skills-based curriculum in Key Stage 3 which prepares pupils for future study and promotes a deep understanding and enjoyment of the three core strands: reading, writing, and speaking & listening. Pupils undertake genre studies, with common set texts.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
At Key Stage 4 we prepare pupils for the AQA specifications for GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. The curriculum is interleaved so pupils practise both courses at the same time, as one informs the other. The assessment objectives and approaches are the same as at Key Stage 3: constant revisiting and interleaving of all skills and knowledge required to secure success.
Further to the demands of the specification, we allow opportunities to develop an appreciation of Spoken Language, as this is of benefit to all pupils, particularly those who go on to take English Language at Key Stage 5
GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.
Pathways into further education – what courses can students’ progress onto?
Students with a sound background in English will be looked on favourably by any institute of further education, but courses with a significant amount of reading and writing inherent to them are, naturally, even more interested. A-Levels in English Language, English Literature and History are a few examples of where our successful students have concentrated in their further education
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Employers requiring people to communicate, assimilate information, and listen and interact with others will look favourably on potential employees who have a history of success in English: whilst some professions like teaching and journalism may seem most obvious, it really is of benefit to everybody in all walks of life.