The English curriculum is planned to ensure that students make progress in their learning by developing students’ knowledge and encouraging enjoyment in learning. Resources are differentiated and engaging to ensure that all of our students are inspired to learn and to foster an enjoyment of English language and literature.
At KS3 we teach half-termly modules that cover the range of reading required in the National Curriculum, using stimulating and accessible prose fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama materials. Pupils are introduced to gradually more challenging texts through Years 7, 8 and 9. Within these modules pupils are taught different styles of writing and learn to match style to purpose. SPAG activities are integrated into the modules.
There is a strong focus throughout on improving and extending vocabulary and communication skills. We also recognise that many of our pupils come with gaps in their literacy abilities and we address these by implementing the Fresh Start programme extensively in KS2 and Year 7, and as a targeted intervention in Years 8 and 9. This is so pupils can access the KS3 curriculum.
In Year 9 there is a focus in Summer Term on integrating skills that help pupils transition into KS4. We begin the Functional Skills syllabus in this term.
We provide our young people with the skills to cope and succeed in the wider world by embedding cultural capital and celebrating diversity through a wide range of texts and resources. Literacy and communication skills are developed throughout the curriculum and assessment is used regularly to ensure English targets are achieved and exceeded.