English Language and English Literature

Our KS2, KS3, KS4 English Curriculum…

Our KS2 English Curriculum centres on our year 5 & year 6 pupils’ enjoyment and understanding of language, especially vocabulary, to support their reading and writing.

Pupils’ knowledge of language, gained from exposure to wide ranging stories, plays, poetry, non-fiction and textbooks throughout our courses, supports their increasing fluency as readers, their facility as writers, and their comprehension.

We aim for all of our KS2 pupils’ reading and writing to be sufficiently fluent and effortless for them to manage the general demands of the curriculum at transition to year 7, across all subjects and not just in English by the end of our KS2 English courses.

We spend time to prepare pupils for secondary education by ensuring that they can consciously control sentence structure in their writing and understand why sentences are constructed as they are as well as understanding nuances in vocabulary choice and age- appropriate, academic vocabulary.

Our courses encourage pupils to discuss what they are learning and to develop their wider skills in spoken language and look to extend their confidence, enjoyment and mastery of language through public speaking, performance and debate.

At KS3 level, our English Language and English Literature skills courses cater for Year 7 to 9 students looking to form effective reading, writing, speaking and listening capabilities that will provide them with a solid foundation for progression onto GCSE levels courses.

During the course, students have the opportunity to review a range of age-appropriate reading materials, as well as the freedom to explore and develop preferred texts, whether that is reading more books by their favourite author or delving into the world of poetry.

KS4 students receive further support to build on their base English skills developed at KS3 as they work towards positive outcomes at GCSE exam level. Much of our KS4 provision for English is centred on increasing students’ confidence and helping them reach personal goals as their knowledge and understanding of the subject grows.