Pupils attend six lessons with their English teacher per fortnight, one of which is based in the library. Pupils are grouped according to ability and can expect to cover units based on fiction and non-fiction alike. They study and write poetry and prose as well as reading and writing drama scripts, including ‘Skellig’ by David Almond and ‘Treasure Island’ from various authors. Reading, writing and oracy assessments are conducted at regular intervals throughout the year to measure progress. We ensure that all pupils’ independent reading is monitored using the highly successful Accelerated Reader scheme. For more information about the scheme, please click here. Students have access to the Spellzone programme, which can be accessed from home as well as school. Each term, Year 7 pupils are tested for reading comprehension using the online facility Literacy Assessment Online. You can find out more about this here. At the end of the year, pupils undergo the National Reading Test.
In Year 8, pupils continue to be grouped according to ability and attend six lessons of English per fortnight, including one lesson based in the library. The delivery of lessons in English continues to cover the full range of text types in fiction and non-fiction genres. Pupils enjoy reading a novel in class, Michael Morpurgo’s “Private Peaceful”, alongside a range of stories from Sherlock Holmes and newspaper articles. Reading, writing and oracy assessments are conducted at regular intervals throughout the year to measure progress. They also continue their independent reading on the Accelerated Reader programme and improve their spelling using Spellzone, as in year 7. Reading comprehension is tested on a termly basis, as in Year 7, using Literacy Assessment Online; in the summer term, all Year 8 pupils undergo the National Reading Test.
Ability setting continues in Year 9 with six lessons per fortnight . Preparation for Key Stage 4 begins as texts on the GCSE specification for English Literature are encountered for the first time in Year 9. During this year, pupils will study Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” and John Steinbeck’s 1930’s novel “Of Mice & Men”, both are texts that they will return to during their GCSE studies. Other topics that are studied include prose and poetry and the art of rhetoric. Reading, writing and oracy assessments taken throughout the year are often conducted under controlled conditions in order to prepare pupils for the rigours of assessment in Year 10. Pupils undertake the National Reading Test at the end of the year.