English

Subject leader

Sarah Kerridge:
sarah.kerridge@swale.at

 

Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.

BENJAMIN LEE WHORF

 

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein 

Curriculum Intent

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

Curriculum implementation 

Learning journey KS3

Learning journey KS4

KS3

Each year of Key Stage 3 has a clear focus and theme attached to it. Skills and knowledge are sequenced so that by the end of Year 9, students are fluent and competent readers and writers.

Students have five English lessons per week, with one of these taking place in the Learning Hub. The Learning Hub lessons are dedicated to reading a whole class novel for pleasure and completing Bedrock lessons as part of our literacy provision.

Bedrock Vocabulary is used throughout Years 7-9 to ensure that all students progress with their literacy skills. This is an online platform designed to help students extend and learn important and relevant vocabulary. As students progress through the Bedrock curriculum, they study hundreds of new words, improving their attainment across all subjects.

Year 7

Year 7: Establish and Refine

The purpose of the Year 7 curriculum is to establish expectations and a foundation of knowledge for Key Stage 3, and refine the skills students have developed over Key Stage 2.

Students will explore a full range of texts around the theme of resilience. 

Year 8

Year 8: Embed and Practice

The purpose of the Year 8 curriculum is to embed the key skills that were introduced in Year 7, and practice applying these to a whole range of Literature and Language texts.

Students will explore a full range of texts around that link to empathy. 

Year 9

Year 9: Confidence and Independence

Throughout Year 9, students will continue to develop their reading and writing skills, developing confidence in applying them to a wide range of genres and crafting a clear voice. They will approach tasks with more independence and have a successful foundation to commence Key Stage 4.

Students will explore a full range of texts around that link to identity and voice.


 

KS4

At Key Stage 4, students commence studying their GCSEs in both English Language and English Literature following the AQA specifications:

 

Students have five English lessons per week with specialist teachers.


 

Year 10 and Year 11

English Language

  • Skills are developed and introduced alongside Literature texts

  • Dedicated units of work that focus on writing and exam technique

 

English Literature

Over the course of the GCSE, students will study:

  • A Shakespeare Play

  • A Pre 19th Century Novel

  • A Modern Text

  • Poetry

Homework

At Key Stage 3, homework is set weekly and takes the form of Bedrock Learning tasks and independent reading. 

 

At Key Stage 4, homework tasks are focused around retrieval and revision. A range of resources are used including GCSEPod and Seneca Learning.

Enrichment and Careers 

Enrichment

There are many extracurricular opportunities available to students through the English department including our fantastic student newspaper The Turing Times.

 

Students are also encouraged to take part in various competitions and opportunities throughout the year including reading challenges and celebration days.

 

Careers

The skills you gain through studying English will open the doors to many exciting careers in most sectors.

 

These include, but are not limited to:

Additional websites and resources

Bedrock Vocabulary

GCSEPod

Seneca Learning

The Turing Times