Welcome to English
The English Department teach a range and breadth of skills throughout the KS3 curriculum. Teaching at Key Stage 3 is centred around the National Curriculum whilst being mindful of future demands in the subject. It is our aim at KS3 to ensure the important transition points from KS2 and, later, into KS4, are clear, structured and allow all students to access the subject.
We encourage students to challenge ideas and perspectives through a range of texts and the exploration of language and context. Students are exposed to extracts of increasing complexity and diversity designed to enhance vocabulary and increase global knowledge. Students are introduced to a wide number of texts, for example, two Shakespeare plays. More challenging concepts are explored and they are encouraged to share their views through discussions, debates and critical thinking.
Show an image of a busy beach or any holiday destination that has a lot going on. The children study the image for 30 seconds. Then remove the image and they have 2 minutes to write down all the different things they can see happening. Eg: kicking a ball, sun tanning etc. (present tense) Then they get another 30 seconds to study the same picture and after that another 2 minutes to write what the people did before the picture was taken. Eg: swam, ate ice cream, walked to the sea (past tense) and then a final 30 seconds observing and a 2 minute chance to write what they might do next. Eg: might have a picnic, could go home, going to get sunburned (future tense and modal verbs)
English language focuses on developing the core literacy skills of reading and writing. This GCSE develops students’ ability to use and explore language in different contexts, and for different purposes and audiences. The GCSE also includes analysis of literary and media texts. The students have opportunities to write creatively and demonstrate their discussion and formal presentations.
English Literature creates, build and sustains a love of books: novels, plays and poetry. This GCSE develops students’ ability to analyse plot, characters, themes, language, structural devices and context. They will study old and modern texts, make comparisons between literary works and develop their ability to identify effects on the reader.