Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
Students in Key Stage 3 are introduced to a range of texts covering poetry, pre 19th century literature, Shakespeare, modern fiction and non-fiction.
Students are encouraged to be active readers. In Year 7 reading skills are supported through the use of the SRA Reading Programme, continuing into Year 8 if necessary.
Our Year 9 students spend the academic year building a strong foundation for their progression into Key Stage 4. The skills needed for both English Language and English Literature GCSE are covered through the detailed study and analysis of a range of literary fiction and non-fiction fiction.
Progress and achievement is monitored closely through half-termly Key Assessments which focus on the development of key skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Targeted support is provided if necessary.
Progress is monitored in the following ways:
- Baseline test are completed in September of year 7
- Half-termly Key Assignments
- End of year examinations
The English department runs a popular Carnegie reading club in the Spring and Summer term for stronger readers and a Reading Support Group for less confident readers. Poetry and writing competitions are promoted regularly. We run theatre and special visits to tie in with classroom work.
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