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English & Literacy


The aim of our English curriculum is to engage,  inspire and challenge our pupils to support them and provide them with lifelong skills that they are able to access the curriculum as a whole and also equip them for life beyond school and the ability to function in society.  The KS3 curriculum builds on the skills taught prior to KS2 and KS2 which are the foundations and early building blocks.

Prior learning required to access Key Stage 2:

In reading, pupils should:

  • Use phonic knowledge to decode words and blend sounds and be able to read books aloud.
  • Be able to retrieve information, make basic inferences and make predictions based on what pupils have read.

In writing, pupils should:

  • Be able to plan, write and edit a range of different text types for different purposes.
  • Be able to use a range of different forms: statements, question, exclamation and command.
  • Be able to use a range of punctuation and grammar including: full stops; capital letters; coordination; subordination; and expanded noun phrases.

Key Stage 3 Summary:

In reading, Key stage 3 pupils should:

  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of reading through DEAR time (choosing books for challenge, interest and enjoyment), literacy and lessons by reading a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, including poetry prose and Shakespearean plays
  • Develop their vocabulary, find evidence within a text, know the purpose and context of a piece of writing
  • Be critical readers, show an understanding of meaning through structure, language, literary devices, make comparisons between texts

In writing, Key stage 3 pupils should:

  • Write accurately, effectively and at length in a range of different forms in both fiction and non-fiction, using skills from their reading for effect
  • Summarise what they have read, proofread, edit and redraft
  • Use their increasing range of vocabulary, pay attention to spag skills from ks1 and ks2

Key Stage 4 Summary:

In reading, Key stage 4 pupils should be taught:

  • Appreciate the depth and power of English Heritage through reading high quality, challenging  classic literature, essays, reviews and journalism, including a Shakespearean play, texts from 19th -21st century, poetry since 1789 as well as choosing and reading books for challenge interest and enjoyment
  • During reading, identify audience, purpose and context, summarising and synthesising ideas, explore plot, characterisation, setting and relationships between them, identify evidence to support viewpoints, identify bias
  • Analyse and be critically aware of writers choices of vocabulary, form, structure, context, themes, style, make personal responses to these concepts.

In writing, Key stage 4 pupils should be taught:

  • Write fluently, effectively at length, adapting writing to describe narrate, explain, instruct, give and respond to information and to argue
  • Select and organise ideas, facts, key points, evidence including quotations, use rhetorical devices and standard English when appropriate
  • Revise writing, edict and proofread, ensure writing achieves their intended impact, pay attention to the effectiveness of spag.

Please see our English Curriculum Progress Map in the attachment below or by clicking here

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