Students follow the National Curriculum. We try to enable each of our students to become confident readers, preparing them for the wider world by reading for understanding, interpreting texts and using inference for meaning. We have a selection of class reading books and other texts: up to date media, letters and poems, whilst implementing a wide range of fiction and non-fiction text types, in preparation for their progression into Key Stage 4.
We want our students to become skilful by writing in a range of styles, whilst recognising the text’s purpose and audience. Our students are also encouraged to become confident in using accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar (as it contributes towards the overall Writing grades). Students are also given the opportunity to write short stories and enter competitions for our ‘Young Writers’ forum; we have many examples of students’ published work. Further enrichment opportunities are offered such as seeing live drama in local theatres and undertaking drama skills, as part of the English curriculum.
Outline of Course
Reading, Writing, SPAG (Spelling, punctuation and grammar).
How it’s taught
We try to make KS3 as practical as possible and source reading materials that can be contextualised to suit the students’ interests. Over the course of the week students will have planned, differentiated work to support and develop their reading, writing and spelling skills.
• Class reading books, and short stories, which cover a range of genres and styles;
• Reading for understanding: reading, identifying and explaining the text (from fiction and non-fiction text types);
• Writing: aimed to suit a particular audience and purpose, whilst focusing on spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Students will be given the opportunity to do homework; however, students can work through practice tasks, which includes spelling, punctuation and grammar combined with Reading and Writing activities.