The faculty offers Functional Skills English Level 1-3 (Edexcel) and GCSE English Language (WJEC) students are entered at the appropriate time and level for external examinations. In Key Stage 3, the focus is on developing students’ independent learning skills and general literacy through a range of stimulating topics and texts. In Key Stage 4 students work towards external qualifications through a range of reading, writing and speaking and listening units.
In Key Stage 3, Literacy skills are taught through discrete reading, handwriting and spelling lessons, as well as Basic Skills lessons which help students to apply the skills they have learned on a more practical level. Lunchtime literacy clubs offer students further opportunity to develop specific areas of literacy; by using baseline assessments the Faculty is able to target the individuals who need extra support in this small group setting.
Enrichment opportunities such as drama and media lessons, cross-curricular activities, trips and visits to local places of interest all help to foster a love of learning and an enthusiasm for the subject.
Homework is set weekly, either on SAM Learning or as a written task, in accordance with the school policy; please encourage your child to complete homework on a regular basis.
The curriculum for English:
Year 7 set 1
After initial base line testing and setting, set 1 will start the year with an autobiographical topic of ‘All About Me’. Following on from this, they study the Roald Dahl novel ‘Danny the Champion of the World’, a much-loved text.
In the spring term students work on their non-fiction writing skills through a medieval themed topic entitled ‘The Quest’. They then move on to a poetry module, which includes pre 1914 and multicultural poetry.
During the summer term, students focus on their narrative writing skills through story writing, followed by a further novel.
Year 8 set 1
Set 1 begin the year with a focus on World War I literature - Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, war poetry and tales of World War 1. This is followed by non- fiction and creative writing through the topic of Titanic.
In the spring term, students study the novel ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar; they then move on to an Introduction to Shakespeare, which includes drama activities.
During the summer term, students study non-fiction texts on a virtual trip around the world – this will prepare them for Functional Skills English reading and writing tasks in Key Stage 4. This is followed by an introduction to media studies.
All students in Key Stage 4 will be working towards a qualification in Functional Skills.
The curriculum for Year 9 begins with a play, which includes fiction and non-fiction reading tasks and speaking and listening drama activities; this is followed by the 19th century text ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.
In the spring term, students learn more about the works of Shakespeare through one of his plays and drama. A module of multicultural poetry follows this.
During the summer term, students focus on a scheme of work based around a theme park; this will develop their nonfiction writing skills in preparation for a Functional skills assessment.
At this point, students will be continuing with their Functional Skills qualification; assessments for Functional Skills will be completed throughout the year. Set 1 will also begin to work towards GCSE qualifications.
The year begins with a 19th century novel followed by narrative writing and speaking and listening tasks. In the spring term, students develop their speaking and listening skills with a range of Functional English schemes followed by a module on poetry.
In the summer term, the focus is a non-fiction reading and writing scheme based around the context of a zoo and careers education. This is followed by extended writing tasks.
The year begins with autobiographical writing, followed by a 20th century novel. During the spring and summer terms, students will revise and prepare for Functional Skills controlled assessments, with additional GCSE preparation for those students entered for the examination.
Literacy in the Pupil Engagement Zone.
In the Pupil Engagement Zone, Literacy and Numeracy lessons are delivered daily. We are teaching to a programme of Functional Skills in both subject areas, from Entry Level one right through to Level Two, at an appropriate level for each student.
Reading Book Information
We aim to foster a love of reading and develop the independent reading skills of all students. We ask that you encourage reading at home each day, if possible. Students will be issued with a school library card at the start of the academic year and we aim to visit the school library on a weekly basis. Students are encouraged to borrow library books for independent reading.
Please be aware that lost or damaged reading books will need to be paid for as follows:
Classroom books - £5.00 each
Library books – the replacement cost of the book
If you have any queries, please contact your child’s English teacher, or Ms Rose, Head of Faculty.
Free Electronic Reading Books
250 free eBooks are available to read from Oxford Reading Tree.
The web link explains how to set up a free account and how to access the free books.
Reading books include fiction and non-fiction, and cover reading ages 3-11.
This is a fantastic resource to support daily reading at home. We look forward to hearing about the wonderful books you have been reading.