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for girls 3 - 18 and boys 3 - 11
with boarding for girls from 9

English

Year 7 Curriculum

Pupils will be doing lots of different activities and tasks. All tasks fall under three main headings:

Reading

Pupils will read many different sorts of texts, novels, plays, poems, non-fiction and media texts. They will practise understanding all these texts and expressing their ideas about them.

Writing

Pupils will be taught to write in lots of different ways. They will also learn spellings, grammar and punctuation so that they can write correctly and effectively.

Speaking and listening

Pupils have to be able to express themselves in speech as well as in writing, so they will be giving talks to the class, taking part in discussions and joining in drama activities.

How do pupils know how well they are getting on?

During the Autumn Term reading comprehension and spelling will be tested.

The teacher will aim to mark each pupil’s exercise book every week.

How can pupils get the most out of the course?

Pupils should:

  • Always concentrate and listen carefully in class.
  • Always do homework in a quiet area where there are no distractions.
  • Give themselves enough time to plan writing and check it through afterwards.
  • Always hand work in on the day your teacher told you.
  • Do some reading every day and use the suggestions on the reading projects to try new books.
  • Learn spellings using the LOOK COVER WRITE CHECK method.

How can parents help?

Pupils should:

  • Show their parents their work and talk about what they have been doing in class.
  • Ask parents to help  with their spellings
  • Show their parents the reading project they have been given so they are involved in helping them choose a book.
  • Ask parents to read a book with them if they find it difficult to read. You could take turns reading a short section every evening.

Year 8 Curriculum

Throughout Year 7 the pupils will have taken part in a lot of activities which will have improved their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. These skills will be further developed in Year 8.

In Year 8 comprehension and spelling are tested in the spring term to make sure that pupils are still on track. The texts studied will be more demanding and may include Shakespeare, nineteenth century literature, modern classics, poetry and non-fiction. Pupils  become more independent in their learning and they will be encouraged to read widely.

Grammar and punctuation will be taught to further improve the accuracy of their writing. Pupils will learn how to write in different styles for different purposes. These will include explaining describing, persuading, arguing, analysing and reviewing.

Being able to speak confidently and articulately is the third area that will be covered. Pupils will take part in talks, discussions and role plays.

Year 9 Curriculum

Reading, writing and speaking and listening remain at the heart of English teaching in the final year of Key Stage 3.

Reading involves the study of many different texts including a novel, a play, poetry, non-fiction and media. Pupils study modern and classic texts and explore some of the relevant cultural contexts which can help the reader fully understand characters, themes and setting. Individual reading for pleasure continues to be encouraged by following the reading projects for Year 9.

Pupils are taught to write accurately in a wide variety of styles. They explore the features involved in writing for different audiences and for different purposes.

During Year 9 pupils take part in speaking and listening tasks including a talk to the class, a role play and a discussion.

In Year 9 we are building on the skills we have been teaching in Years 7 and 8; at the same time we are laying the foundation for study at GCSE, so texts will be more demanding and the responses required more sophisticated. Our aims are to develop skills and confidence in order to enable each pupil to reach their full potential at GCSE.

The English department encourages everyone to participate in book clubs, author visits, theatre trips, public speaking competitions and writing competitions to further enhance their progress and enjoyment

Years 10 and 11 GCSE English (compulsory subject)

Examination Board: Cambridge iGCSE
Specification Number: First Language English 0522

Course Details

Your English lessons in Years 10 and 11 will lead to two separate GCSE qualifications (English language and English literature). You will study a variety of texts and develop your writing skills. Building up your confidence in speaking and listening will also be a priority. The course is assessed by examination only.

The aims of the course are to:

  • enable you to understand and respond to what you hear, read and experience
  • enable you to communicate accurately, appropriately, confidently and effectively
  • encourage you to enjoy and appreciate a variety of language
  • develop your skills of analysis, synthesis and the drawing of inferences to help you work successfully with information and ideas in all your subjects
  • promote your personal development and understanding of yourself and others.

At the end of the two years you will take part in a speaking and listening test and take two examination papers.

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