Key Stage 3
Pupils are taught thematically, enjoying a broad range of literature, non-fiction texts and plays. This is a summary of topics that the department cover in Key Stage 3, from years 7 until 9.
- It's a Mystery
- Life's a Journey
- Fantasy Vs Reality
- Myths and Legends
- Power and Conflict
- Fighting Writing
- Dystopian World
- Ferocious Females
Throughout both key stages, the English department aims to promote a love of reading and an appreciation of literature.
We develop opportunities that allow pupils to express their thoughts and ideas both creatively and imaginatively. We encourage wide-reading to develop understanding and knowledge about the subject.
The curriculum at key stage 3 builds upon and develops prior learning. Schemes of Learning are challenging, rigorous and enjoyable. Pupils are prepared thoroughly for key stage 4 and the expectations of GCSE.
We want our pupils to understand the importance of being prepared and revising for examinations. It is vital that our pupils get into the habit early so they are fully equipped with the skills necessary to achieve their potential at GCSE. It is advisable that during examination periods, pupils create a revision timetable, where revising should take place little and often for maximum impact. Below are revision materials that will prepare pupils fully for examinations. KS3 exams take place at the start and towards the end of each academic year.
KS3 pupils will receive homework projects every half term. These will be thought provoking activities aimed to deepen knowledge of topics covered in lessons and to develop our pupils as independent learners. Pupils will have the choice of three activities: Bronze, Silver and Gold. On completion, each task will be worth Vivos; Gold = 50, Silver = 20, Bronze = 10. Pupils who complete tasks to a high standard will also be rewarded with an enriching activity at the end of each half term. The pupils who do not complete homework will not be permitted to take part in these activities.
Homework for Years 7, 8 and 9. (Click to view)
Key Stage 4
At key stage 4 pupils follow both AQA English Language and AQA English Literature courses. Both courses are assessed through examination.
- Dreams and Nightmares
- Social Injustice
- The Human Condition
- Life and Love
- What Goes Around Comes Around
Pupils will have studied a range of texts and explored a range of skills including:
- 19th C Literature
- Creative Reading and Writing
- Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives.