Overview of English at Key Stage 3

During KS3 students have the ability to widen and explore their understanding of English. We work with partner primaries to ensure this is as seamless as possible. Students get the opportunity to study an eclectic mix of different text types from fictional novels to 19th century articles, always taking into account the individual needs of our students. They will develop their analytical and evaluative skills, as well as their writing skills across the English curriculum. For our students who require that extra support we deliver a separate curriculum in Year 7. The Ruth Miskin Fresh Start programme enables students to catch up to their peers as quickly as possible. For our more gifted students we provide the opportunity to study more challenging texts. The main aim of the KS3 English curriculum is to foster each child’s love and appreciation of our literary heritage and to ensure that all students develop the skills that they will need to meet the demands of the new more rigorous KS4 curriculum.

Across KS3 we run a reading programme called Accelerated Reader. Students are expected to read a book, targeted at their reading level, for the first 20 minutes of each English lesson and at home. Students take quizzes on these books which allow teachers to monitor student progress even more closely. We have found this programme to be very successful not only in improving student’s ability in English, but it has created a culture and love of reading across the key stage.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught at KS3 please contact: Miss Laura Fox (Associate Assistant Principal and Third in English with responsibility for KS3).

Enrichment opportunities in English at KS3

Wednesday 2.30pm-3.30pm: Storytelling Club
Thursday 2.30pm-3.30pm: Literacy Club
Thursday 2.30pm-3.30pm: Book Club
Thursday 2.30pm-3.30pm: Harry Potter Creative Writing Club

Overview of English at Key Stage 4

All students study both English Language and English Literature across the three years of KS4, which means that all students have the opportunity to achieve two GCSEs in English. The exam board for both qualifications is Eduqas. From 2017 onwards, both qualifications will be 100% exam which will be sat at the end of Year 11.

Language

For this qualification students must demonstrate their ability to read and understand a range of fiction and non-fiction texts by analysing and comparing the effect of the writer’s craft on the reader. They must also learn to write in a range of styles, suitable for different purposes and audiences, including letters, speeches, articles, leaflets, reports and reviews.

Component 1
1hr 45 Exam

Reading
20th Century Prose
(1 hour)

Writing
Creative Writing
(45 mins)

Worth 40% of qualification

Component 2
2 Hour Exam

Reading
19th & 21st Century Non-Fiction
(1 hour)

Writing
Two transactional writing tasks
(1 hour)

Worth 60% of qualification

Please note that students will also complete an internally assessed speaking and listening assessment in the form of a presentation or speech. This is a compulsory part of the English Language qualification. It is unweighted and students will receive an additional certificate of achievement in this component.

Literature

For English Literature students must demonstrate their ability to analyse a range of literary texts including a post-1789 poetry anthology, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ by William Shakespeare, ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell.

Component 1
2 hour Exam

Shakespeare – Romeo & Juliet
One extract question
One essay question
(1 hour)

Poetry Anthology – Post-1789
One question on a single poem
One question comparing 2 poems
(1 hour)

Worth 40% of qualification

Component 2
2 hr 30m Exam

Blood Brothers
One extract based question
(45 mins)

A Christmas Carol
One extract based question
(45 mins)

Unseen Poetry
One question on a single poem
One question comparing 2 poems
(45 mins)

Worth 60% of qualification

If you would like further information about the KS4 curriculum or the GCSE exams, please contact: Miss Rebecca Johnson (Head of English).

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Enrichment opportunities in English at KS4

Wednesday 2.30pm-3.30pm: Year 11 English Revision
Monday & Thursday 2:30pm-3:30pm: Drop-In Revision Sessions