In English, our aim is to support your child’s development in the essential skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Pupils will explore an exciting range of pre and post-20th century literature across a range of forms, including novels, plays and poetry. Pupils are encouraged to write creatively, analytically and imaginatively, using the successful features of other writers to guide and inspire them.
SCHEME OF WORK
Even at Key Stage 3, students are developing the skills on which they will be tested at the end of Key Stage 4. All of our schemes of work are centred on a text which forms a stimulus for their own writing.
In class, pupils will be challenged through independent, paired and group work. Pupils are encouraged to build upon these skills at home by reading and writing regularly. In addition to this, regular SAM learning tasks are set to support learning outside of the classroom.
Students complete a formal assessment twice termly (Key Stage 3) and fortnightly (Key Stage 4), covering either reading or writing skills. Their progress is then tracked using Doddle, and intervention is targeted on specific areas of weakness. Class books are marked on a regular basis, with teachers encouraging students to address any errors.
- Wonder by RJ Palacio
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
- The Garbage King by Elizabeth Laird
- Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
- Ballad Poetry
- Flip by Martyn Bedford
- Macbeth by William Shakespeare
- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
- Edgar Allan Poe
- Skellig by David Almond
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley
- A comparison of pre and post-20th century literature
- Spoken Language (GCSE preparation)
Year 10 – GCSE:
- Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- Language skills
Year 11 – GCSE:
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
- Language skills
- Revision of Literature texts
- Reading at home is strongly encouraged.
- Knowledge organisers: Pupils are encouraged to use their knowledge organisers regularly in class.