Our GCSE programme encourages our pupils to read fluently and write effectively. They taught to develop confidence in writing grammatically correct sentences. Pupils are taught to
  • read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding
  • read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • listen to and understand spoken language, and use spoken Standard English effectively.

We teach English skills and knowledge required for students to those applicable to life beyond school. For example, by modelling academic writing and oracy.  The texts are carefully chosen due to their thematic links, in which the teaching of the contexts is able to be fluent and comparable and allow for exploration, discussion and debate without cognitive overload. The texts themselves are mini-schemas.

We interleave Literature and Language so that students can apply the skills to the context they have learned. Our curriculum allows us to teach the AQA Poetry Anthology by closely linking it to our core texts.

Reading

At KS4 pupils will study:

• English literature, pre-1914 and contemporary, including prose, poetry and drama
• Shakespeare (one play)
• Seminal world literature

Students are expected to read set texts and to re-read books they’ve already covered to increase their familiarity with them and provide a basis for making comparisons.

They develop their understanding of increasingly challenging texts through learning new vocabulary, applying context, making inferences and referring to judicious evidence in the text.

Writing

In their written work, pupils are taught to write accurately, fluently and effectively and at length, for a range of purposes and audiences, including:

• Essays
• Stories, poetry and other imaginative writing
• A range of other texts, including arguments, and personal and formal letters.

At KS4 pupils learn to apply their skills and increasing knowledge to their written responses. They must learn to summarise and synthesise information, as well as comment on the writers’ craft and effect and writer’s viewpoints and perspectives.

Grammar and vocabulary

At KS4 pupils consolidate and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. We study the effectiveness and impact in the texts they read as well as drawing on new vocabulary and grammatical constructions from their reading and listening. Pupils consciously use these in their writing and speech to achieve particular effects.  modelled by all staff)

Pupils are expected to analyse some of the differences between spoken and written language including differences between formal and informal registers.  Use linguistic and literary terminology accurately and confidently in their spoken and written language.

Spoken language

Developing oracy is also a key strand of KS4, helping the students become confident and articulate in a range of situations. Pupils are taught to speak confidently, audibly and effectively and expected to listen to and build on the contribution of others, asking questions to clarify and inform. Pupils are expected to listen to and responding to a variety of contexts, both formal and informal. We promote improvising, rehearsing and performing playscripts and poetry in order to generate language and discuss the meaning of language.

“The culture and ethos of the school encourages a caring and supportive environment in which learning and good behaviour can flourish.”

Ofsted