The Primary Writing Project is used in KS2 to develop positive attitudes towards writing and therefore develop students’ literacy skills further. Writing is taught through model texts which demonstrate outstanding writing, expand vocabulary and help to establish good reading habits.
Guided reading groups help to reinforce the learning connected with the Primary Writing Project. Students experience a wide range of texts and genres which are in place to ensure that they have the skills necessary to be able to access the curriculum in KS3.
Key Stage 3
Students study a range of topics throughout the year, integrating both reading and writing skills. Each unit is accompanied by the study of a novel in order to encourage and develop reading skills throughout Key Stage 3. Poetry and Shakespeare extracts are studied at KS3; these are linked thematically to the main novel being studied. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are embedded into schemes of work and revisited throughout each term. All units of work are linked to the GCSE assessment objectives, ensuring students have a good foundation and are as prepared as possible for KS4.
Key Stage 4
It is compulsory for all students to study English Language at GCSE level. We aim to inspire and instil a life-long love of literature in all students. We encourage students to read for pleasure, both at home and at school, on a regular basis as we believe that this will significantly increase their chances of accessing the curriculum and the accompanying examinations. In English Language GCSE, students study how to read competently a range of fiction and non-fiction literary texts. A range of challenging extracts from 19th, 20th and 21st century texts are used to teach students how to infer and analyse the writer’s language. Students develop their creative writing and their non-fiction writing, with a strong focus on crafting their work effectively for their audience. Spoken language is also assessed as a separate endorsement at GCSE. Students develop their speaking skills at KS4, focusing on using intonation, expression and pace effectively to engage their audience on a topic of their choice. (Some students may also work towards, and complete, Entry Level English as a separate award to their GCSE English Language.)