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KS3 English

At Key Stage 3 we aim to:

  • introduce students to a wide range of challenging texts to develop their understanding of literature
  • enable students to analyse a range of non-fiction texts which are integrated into the content of each unit
  • develop students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through a study of fiction, including traditional texts and those from world literature
  • explicitly teach key aspects of spelling, punctuation and grammar which are reinforced through the schemes of work
  • prepare students for their GCSEs by building in exam-focused work and through building students’ confidence and competency with all areas of the examinations.
  • encourage students to develop a love of reading through library lessons and exciting opportunities to meet authors such as Robin Jarvis.
  • At KS3, students will study a range of exciting fiction and non-fiction texts and will complete the following units of work:

Year 7
‘War Horse’, The Beginnings of English Language, Poems from Different Cultures, The World Around Us (a thematic unit), Spies (a thematic unit) and Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Year 8
‘The Whale Rider’, ‘Dracula’, Fighting for Freedom (a thematic unit), Crime and Detection (a thematic unit), ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ and Love Through the Ages (a thematic unit)

GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature

GCSE English

English is a dynamic subject and central to the College curriculum.

At Key Stage 4 we aim to:

  • develop students’ understanding of a range of challenging fiction and non-fiction texts, including writing from the 19th, 20th and 21st century
  • encourage students to become the best they can be by offering expert subject specialists and five English lessons per week.
  • offer opportunities to become critical, independent thinkers
  • encourage students to think beyond their text, classroom and community, and to respect the world contexts they are living in
  • fully prepare students for their terminal GCSE examinations.

All students will study both English Language and English Literature, for which they will gain two GCSEs. Students will begin preparation for their GCSEs in Year 9 and will work on themed units that focus on developing their reading and writing skills. Students will be given opportunities to read a range of engaging and challenging texts and will be encouraged to write creatively. All GCSE students are encouraged to develop independence, resilience and a commitment to excellence.

In Years 10 and 11, students will focus their studies on the set examination texts and will continue to develop as readers and writers. The set GCSE texts are: ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare, ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley and a collection of war and conflict poetry. Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 will explore a range of literary and non-fiction texts and will complete formal, GCSE-style assessments throughout the three-year course. All students will sit four terminal exams at the end of Year 11 and will be awarded a level between 1 and 9. A ‘good’ GCSE pass will be classified as gaining a level 5 or above. At KS4 students will study the following:

Year 9
Literature: ‘Of Mice and Men’, ‘White Poppies’ (a play about WW1), Romeo and Juliet
Language: A range of English language units which develop reading and writing skills. These units are often themed and focus on promoting debate and engagement.

Years 10 and 11
A Christmas Carol, Unseen Poetry, Power and Conflict Poetry, Language Paper 1 and 2 (19th, 20th and 21st century fiction and non-fiction, Spoken Language, ‘An Inspector Calls’/‘Lord of the Flies’/’The Curious Incident of the Dog’.

Assessment is as follows:

  • there are no controlled assessments
  • GCSE English Language has two examination papers
  • GCSE English Literature also has two examination papers
  • spoken language skills are assessed through a single task and the award is reported alongside the GCSE Language grade. The spoken language assessment is separate from the GCSE Language qualification
  • examination papers are not tiered. All students take the same examination papers, regardless of ability.

English: a qualification for life

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”