In English we aim to equip students with the literacy skills that they need to access the whole curriculum and the wider world. The English team are passionate about delivering Language and Literature and have tailored the curriculum to make it engaging and relevant, closely adhering to National Curriculum standards.
Keystage 3 plan of study
Improving Reading Skills
Shakespeare’s Macbeth – understanding plot, characters, themes, and context.
19th century novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Reading and engaging with texts, Developing active reading strategies, Using inference and deduction, Analysing how texts are organised and structured.
Making Progress in Writing
Generating ideas, planning and drafting, Writing to suit reader and purpose, Experimenting with different ways of presenting texts, Using paragraphs and cohesive devices to develop and connect ideas.
21st Century prose : The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas- Understanding plot and structure, characters, themes and context.
Speaking and Listening
Using techniques to engage the listeners interest, Listening and responding, developing speaking skills In formal and informal situations, Drama role play, exploring language variation.
Writing to describe, writing to narrate, writing with a viewpoint.
Analysing 19 Century non-fiction writing.
The keystage 3 syllabus gives students at Sunbeck the opportunity to explore the rich and varied vocabulary within language across time. The English team explore the texts with well planned lessons that stimulate and engage. The Students are able to explore language through Drama and develop speaking and listening skills through varied activities. The opportunity to observe language in situation is offered organised trips that engage and stimulate.
Key Stage 3
Learning at KS3 encompasses the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Planning responds to the individual learner’s needs so that students are given the opportunity to progress quickly and feel positive about their learning. Our approach is flexible, time sensitive and original. A topic based approach is used. This allows a variety of texts, media and skills to be accessed at any time depending on the students’ needs.
To enhance and reinforce pupil literacy we have introduced a cross-curricular literacy policy. Through additional reading sessions we offer a nationally recognised Reading Intervention Programme. By developing core skills, through speaking and listening, reading and writing activities students will be able to express their ideas more effectively and with greater confidence. The Reading Intervention Programme involves trained staff working intensively with targeted students to improve their reading and spelling skills. In addition each department focuses on literacy skills relevant to their subject area.
Assessment on entry and exit
All students are given baseline tests on entry which informs their individual learning programme.
To this end, all students will sit a reading test, to assess their reading and spelling ages; take part in a discussion, to assess their speaking and listening skills; and then produce a letter introducing themselves to the Headteacher, to assess their writing skills.
In addition to this, information regarding current levels will also be collected from previous schools where possible.
On exit a comparison of the students' progress is made.
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A site giving advice and ideas on a wide variety of topics.
A key stage 3 revision and recap resource for english