The content of the curriculum in Years 7-9
Students are taught in mixed ability classes in Years 7-9. Each class has 6 lessons per fortnight. Within our two week timetable, all students develop their knowledge of written English rules through focused grammar lessons and develop their study of the literary canon in our reading skills lessons.
At KS3, we believe strongly in allowing individuality in our curriculum, ensuring that there is room for content to be adapted to suit and match our students whilst still maintaining a level of consistency in the topics covered.
Our curriculum has been designed to ensure that students are equipped for further study (topics are in line with those at GCSE) but also for their lives outside of education.
Assistant Head of Department & KS3 Co-ordinator for English: Miss L Creswick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The content of the curriculum in Years 10-11
In Years 10-11, students are taught in broad ‘ability groups’. The vast majority of our students study for GCSEs in both English Language and English Literature. Our exam board for both subjects is EDUQAS; further information can be found at:
Curriculum Leader and KS4 co-ordinator: Mrs S Rutty (email@example.com)
The content of the curriculum in Years 12-13
Assistant Head of Department & KS5 co-ordinator is Mrs S Wisby (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Supporting your child:
English is about communication, so parents help every time they have a conversation with their children, especially conversations which encourage children to think and to express more complex thoughts and feelings. Some children are less good at really listening to other people and responding directly to what they’ve said – so, encourage them to listen and respond if they tend not to.
All children need to read. We have to lead them in small steps towards the kinds of book they’ll read for GCSE, ie classics such as Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol and more modern texts like An Inspector Calls or Lord of the Flies are currently on the GCSE exam list. Please continue to help your child choose books s/he will find stimulating and challenging.
Please encourage your child to go to plays and films and to talk to you about them. Encourage him/her to participate in Drama productions.
Lastly, please read your child’s work in English and encourage them to make improvements both to its context and accuracy. Talk to him/her about it. Help them with spellings and punctuation, but also with ideas and organisation.