We follow the National Curriculum.
In Key Stages 1 and 2 there is a two year rolling programme which enables children to progress confidently with the same teacher, whilst meeting the objectives over two years.
Key Stage 1
Daily phonic sessions follow the “Letters and Sounds” government guidebook. Grammar sessions take place three times a week and the programme of study covers word, sentence and text structure as well as punctuation appropriate to the objectives of the year group. The school uses the “Nelson Grammar” guide and workbooks.
Once a week we carry out a handwriting session following the “Nelson Handwriting” guide. Cross-curricular writing is encouraged whenever possible and a sustained writing task is given once a week. Individual readers are listened to daily and books changed as appropriate. We use the Oxford Reading Tree as well as Ladybird and Collins Big Cat books as supplements if necessary.
Children are expected to read at home every evening as well as learn weekly spellings for a test the following week.
Key Stage 2 Years 3 & 4
At Key Stage 2 activities include:-
- Fiction; Narrative & Serial Stories – Spy Watch & Legend of the Keys, Myths & Legends, Adventure and Mystery Stories, Scary Settings and Cliff Hangers, Christmas Stories & Festivals, Favourite authors, e.g. Dick King-Smith, Roal Dahl etc.
- Non-fiction – recounts, newspaper accounts,
- Hand writing
- Creative Writing
- Reading tests twice yearly
At Key Stage 2 pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and take home books from the class library on a weekly basis. Emphasis is put on the reading scheme, we use the Oxford Reading Tree. Children in Years 3 & 4 are heard to read each day by their teacher and are encouraged to read to an adult at home.
Some reading books have comprehension sheets to expand pupils’ interest and understanding of the books.
Key Stage 2 Years 5 & 6
The scheme of work used covers aspects of narrative, non-fiction and poetry through a wide variety of extracts from well-known authors. Resources from the Scholastic scheme of work are supplemented by various others, depending on the needs of the individual children.
The timetable includes:
4 x 1 hour literacy lessons
1 x 1 hour comprehension
4 x 15 minutes spelling, sentence and grammar work
1 spelling test per week
Pupils are encouraged to read to their parents at least 5 times a week as part of their on-going homework.
Key Stage 3
Mrs Carson takes Years 7 & 8. Mrs Brown takes Year 9
The teaching of English focuses on the development of reading and writing skills across a range of texts for a range of audiences and purposes. We encourage reading for pleasure through a supported personal reading scheme which develops the ability to select and differentiate between texts.
There are three 70 minute lessons per week. In addition there are two 35 minute Library periods for Years 7 & 8, which are designed to increase pupils’ enjoyment of reading and to increase their ability. Mrs Brown, the Head of Department, selects a variety of books to suit all interests. Pupils write a short book review.
Texts studied as a whole class include
- History of English Literature
- Introduction to Shakespeare
- 20th Century Poetry
- Science Fiction
- Script Writing
- Novel 1 – The Tulip Touch
- Mystery/Detective fiction/Sherlock Holmes
- Shakespeare Re-visited (The Tempest)
- Language Analysis – propaganda/speeches/poetry
- Introduction to the poetry of World War I
- Magical Realism
- Dystopian Worlds
- Novel 1 – Stay Where You Are and then Leave
- A wide range of poetry; both contemporary and from the English Literary Heritage
- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Boyne)
- Extracts from Shakespeare.
- Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck)
We apply a creative approach to the study of Language which generates independent writing, comprehension and analytical skills.
Key Stage 4
Taught by Mrs Brown.
At Key Stage 4 we aim to build upon the foundations laid in Years 7 – 9, to continue to develop language skills and to extend their enjoyment and appreciation of Literature.
At GCSE learners study English Literature and English Language for the OCR specification.
Contemporary drama: An Inspector Calls (Priestley)
Prose from the English Literary Heritage
A wide range of poetry, both Contemporary and from the English Literary Heritage
Language study includes a range of media and non-fiction texts designed to stimulate critical and analytical skills. Pupils are encouraged to write creatively and imaginatively and to engage in a wide range of Speaking and Listening activities to prepare them for real-life situations.
In English it is never just about the examination. In addition, we offer a broad range of experienced to our pupils: we organise theatre trips and study days whenever appropriate and available.
Years 7 & 8: 3 x 70 & minutes & 1 x 35 minute Library per week.
Year 9: 3 x 70 minutes per week.
Year 10: 2 x 70, 1 x 35 & 1 x 105 minutes per week.
Year 11: 4 x 70 minutes per week.