The work in Key Stage 3 is based on the requirements of the National Curriculum and the National Framework for English. Students study a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, including whole texts, short stories, poems and plays. Guided reading and writing sessions help to develop students’ confidence to read and develop their understanding of texts.
Students are supported to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Spoken language continues to underpin the development of students’ reading and writing. Students will be taught to use discussion in order to develop their understanding and to work collaboratively. Assessment is ongoing throughout each unit of work and is appropriate to the needs of the individual.
Those students who are being entered for the functional skills examination in English will follow a ‘First-step exam preparation programme’ in Year 10 and a ‘Second-step exam preparation programme’ in Year 11. They will develop a range of active-reading strategies; develop their ability to consciously craft writing for a range of text type, purpose and audience; and they will develop their speaking and listening skills.