We aim to provide our pupils with a wide range of language and analytical skills which will enable them to be effective communicators when they leave school. We promote a love of Literature and encourage pupils to explore a wide range of genres and styles of writing.
At Key stage 3
At Key Stage 3 all pupils study the technical skills of grammar, punctuation and styles of writing as well as studying three novels. We aim to develop key skills of writing to communicate effectively with a range of audiences as well as the ability to read with inference and critical understanding.
Year 7: Literature will be from a choice of the following, depending on set: Room 13 by R Swindells, The Graveyard Book by N Gaiman, Skellig by D Almond, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by J Boyne or Northern Lights by P Pullman. All pupils will study A Christmas Carol by Dickens and undertake a programme of grammar, punctuation and language development.
Year 8 : Introduction to Shakespeare and the study of one full play (either A Midsummer’s Night Dream or The Tempest), A collection of short stories and extracts from Fiction and Non-Fiction, full text study of The Crucible playscript by A Miller.
Key stage 3 Homework takes the form of a project to prepare a specific presentation to the class. Pupils will be given reminders every week as to what they need to prepare during that week’s homework session and includes a Parental Feedback sticker for parents to complete. Pupils will be given spelling and punctuation learning as required.
At Key stage 4
Year 9: Students in Year 9 undertake a Bridging Year to identify, explore and practise some of the key assessment skills required to sit the two English GCSEs. They will build skills necessary to create thoughtful and detailed explanation, critical analysis, comparison and interpretation by studying units in Non-Fiction, Poetry, Of Mice and Men by J Steinbeck and an exploration of the spoken word, including speech writing and oratory skill. The development of a sophisticated range of spelling, punctuation and grammar will be a regular feature of lessons and homework.
Year 10: Full critical study of either Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet and the study of a play or novel written before 1914; writing to describe and writing creatively; writing to explore, explain, analyse; retrieving information; exploring authorial intent.
Year 11 : An Anthology of prescribed poetry; critical study of a work of Literature from the Literary Heritage, point of view and narrative writing, reading comprehension for English Language Papers 1 and 2
We then focus on revision and examination preparation.
Key Stage 4 Homework will be set twice a week and include practice examination style questions, revision, use of websites to assist with revision, reading ahead within the texts under study as well as continued refinement of pupils’ skills in grammar, spelling, punctuation and syntax.
If you wish to find out more about the curriculum your daughter is studying, please contact Mrs Gowland.