Key stage 3 English should excite, enthuse and build upon the numerous skills taught at key
stage 2. A love of reading is fostered and continually promoted through various schemes of
works and reading projects over the two year course, which segues into key stage 4 at year
Writing, both fiction and non-fiction, allows students to explore the world of literature, current
affairs and historical periods in time. Pupils will be taught how to write in a range of contexts,
utilising a variety of structural and linguistic devices to enhance their technical ability.
Standard English and a sound understanding of correct grammar and punctuation will be at
the forefront of all writing tasks. All students are reminded of the importance of drafting/
redrafting work and amending work when mistakes have been made. Spelling, punctuation
and grammar is taught in all units of work, both explicitly and implicitly.
Guest speakers, poets and writers are invited in at all key stages to showcase different reading
and writing skills to students, allowing students to experiment with language and form.
Students are also actively involved in various writing competitions throughout the year and
the famous BBC 500 words competition.
The use of Standard English is encouraged and developed during writing tasks, speaking
and listening activities and within the classroom setting during general discussions.
Amy Hayes: Head of Department
Patricia Shinks: Key Stage 4 Coordinator
Kris Mansfield: Key Stage 3 Coordinator
Rae Clark: Literacy Coordinator
AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature
AQA A’ Level English Literature B
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4
AQA English Language and English Literature.
Key Stage 5: AQA English Literature B.
|Out of Hours Activities:English Study Club: every night Monday to Thursday in E5/E7
Film Club: Friday lunch time in E7
Reading and Writing Club: Monday lunch time in E5.
Accelerated Reading Club: every lunch time in the library.
Debating and Public Speaking Society: (days TBC)
Drama and Performing Arts Club: Thursday lunch time in E3
|Department Website Links:
English Google classroom: nf70upg (this has lots of fantastic resources, practice papers etc)
www.englishandmedia.co.uk – see Miss Hayes for username/password
www.bl.uk (British Library)