Key Stage 3

In key stage 3, pupils have seven lessons of English per fortnight. Pupils follow the National Curriculum in order to develop skills in oracy, reading and writing; pupils will be assessed on each of the three skills every term. The schemes of work have been developed to prepare pupils for the demands of the National Reading Tests (sat in each May) and the English Language and English Literature GCSE courses. Pupils also study a class book and are given access to the Accelerated Reader programme in one lesson per fortnight. This programme is a software tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure.

Key Stage 4

English is a core subject at Key Stage 4, with students studying the WJEC GCSE in both English Language and English Literature. There are eight classes, which are set by ability to ensure all students are stretched to meet their full potential.

English Language

The course requires learners to write accurately and fluently, choosing content and adapting style and language to a wide range of forms, media, contexts, audiences and purposes. Learners are prepared to use language effectively in society, further studies and employment. Students develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in order to communicate with others confidently, effectively, precisely and appropriately. They learn to understand the patterns, structures and conventions of written English, as well as the impact of variations in written language and how they relate to cultural diversity.

Assessment for the course is split into 3 separate units:

Unit 1 is a controlled assessment, worth 20% and focusing on speaking and listening. It consists of two assessments: one individual prepared speech and one group discussion.

Unit 2 is a written examination worth 30% lasting 2 hours, consisting of reading and writing questions on Argumentation, Persuasion and Instruction

Unit 3 is a written examination worth 30% lasting 2 hours, consisting of reading and writing questions on Description, Narration and Exposition.

English Literature

The course requires students to become critical readers of fiction and non-fiction prose, poetry and drama. They will study different times, cultures, viewpoints and situations as found in literary texts. English Literature is delivered alongside English Language in order to strengthen the understanding of both subjects.

Assessment for the course is split into three separate units.

Unit 1 is a written examination worth 35% lasting 2 hours. Section A relates to different cultures prose, and will be specific to a text studied in lessons. This is currently Of Mice and Men. Section B is an unseen poetry comparison.

Unit 2 is a written examination worth 40% lasting 2 hours. This paper covers a contemporary drama and literary heritage prose. The current texts studied are An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley and Heroes by Robert Cormier.

Unit 3 is controlled assessment, worth 25% and focuses on an analysis of poetry and drama (specifically Shakespeare).