We have recently redesigned the English Curriculum at Key Stage 3 so that we are following the revised National Curriculum. Our schemes of work develop the skills needed by students in GCSE and we have placed a firm emphasis on literacy. Our intention is to prepare students for the demands of the linear GCSE exams and our APP tasks reflect this with GCSE style tasks. Consequently, we believe that by the end of Year 9, students will be well prepared to cope with the GCSE courses that we offer. English is made up of three strands; reading, writing, and speaking and listening and we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that covers each of these skill areas.
All members of the department are passionate about English and the fundamental importance of good literacy and communication skills. However, we also aim to foster an enjoyment in students for every aspect of English. Consequently we deliver timetabled Drama lessons at Key Stage 3 and regular Library lessons.
We offer many activities for students to enjoy – sometimes the best learning takes place outside the classroom. I’d urge all students to visit our well stocked and friendly library, participate in one of our many theatre trips or get involved with the Drama activities we offer. In addition to the Year 9 Drama Club we regularly stage performance throughout the year; often working closely with the other Performing Arts subjects – Dance and Music. You don’t have to be a budding Oscar winner to get involved – we always need technical and backstage help.