The English curriculum offers a broad range of literature, skills and spoken word opportunities. Each Year the curriculum allows students to build on their previous year’s learning and ensures that all students stay challenged and motivated. Literacy underpins all teaching and includes reading a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts and writing both analytically and creatively. We have a variety of support opportunities which include TA support in class, reading programmes with peers and staff, Key Skills booster classes in Key Stage 3 and Phonics re-teaching as part of Year 7 Catch up Premium.
All students in Key Stage 3 complete reading tests termly and are awarded merits or house points for their achievements. A pizza party with Mr Whelan allows for the most improved students to receive an additional reward.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum, taught primarily over years 7-8, allows for students to develop a love of learning, reading and exploring texts whilst developing the skills necessary for successful study at GCSE. In Year 9 students are introduced to GCSE curriculum texts and skills but taught through a wide range of learning activities, ensuring they are accessible and stimulating.
Key Stage 4 follows the AQA specification and is introduced in the latter part of Year 9 but taught throughout Year 10 and 11. All students have the opportunity to study both English Literature and English Language at GCSE.