English at Key Stage 3 focuses on addressing and closing the gaps in students’ learning whilst equipping them with a range of skills to develop their confidence and abilities as competent readers and writers. The programme incorporates areas of both National Curriculum and Functional Skills standards to meet the needs of the individual, covering all aspects of reading, writing, grammar and spoken English. Students are provided with further opportunities to develop an appreciation and love of reading outside of their daily English lessons with focused reading intervention sessions. These sessions enable students to further develop their confidence and understanding through reading a range of material across a variety of genres, whilst engaging in discussion of relevant issues/themes linked to the text.
At Key Stage 4 our focus is to equip students with a range of practical skills that will enable them to live, learn and work successfully in the modern world. Students will follow a Functional Skills based programme which will aim to ensure they have good communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. They are then able to adapt these skills for use in everyday situations. Certification is available at Functional Skills Entry Level 1 through to Level 2. Students will also follow a learning path for GCSE English Language, providing the opportunity to study a wider range of both non-fiction and fiction texts.
By the end of Key Stage Four, the English curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
● become resilient and resourceful learners with a ‘can do’ attitude;
● understand explicit and implicit meanings in a range of literary heritage and modern texts;
● make connections across these texts;
● use skimming, scanning and summarising skills to understand main ideas in a text;
● comment/explain/analyse language use and evaluate ideas and perspectives;
● write effectively to suit audience and purpose;
● use standard English;
● develop vocabulary to enrich;
● develop an understanding of correct grammar usage, punctuation as well as improving spelling;
● listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively; and,
● generate and share ideas using critical thinking skills.