It is our mission to help the students to develop the key life skill of unlocking literacy. Additionally, we believe it is important that students enjoy the process. We organise amongst other elements: school trips, class debates, competitions, multi-media, guest speakers and cross curricular projects, to encourage and develop the three key strands of literacy: reading, writing and speaking.
Key Stage 2 English
The Key Stage 2 syllabus is designed to build on the learning in Key Stage 1 (KS1). As such, it combines reiteration of elements of their KS1 curriculum, with increased depth, ideas and skills. Students learn stories from different cultures and genres. In addition, several opportunities are provided for students to produce their own creative writing and poetry.
The four pillars of the course are: spelling, grammar, reading and writing. Through development of these elements, we intend to help students reach their full potential.
Alongside the Accelerated Reader program, each child in Year 6 reads a classic literature text within their English lessons. Many of these are familiar texts from authors such as: Rudyard Kipling, C.S Lewis and E. Nesbit. Whilst reading this literature as a class, the students are encouraged to develop their vocabularies and widen their comprehension skills by use of structured questioning and activities. It is also another opportunity for students to use their imagination, enjoy and achieve.
Key Stage 3 - English
KS3 English aims to develop the skills learned in Yrs 5 and 6, and prepare students for moving to upper or secondary schools.
With writing as our whole school priority, we still focus on the essential skills of spelling and punctuation; students will be encouraged to write for a range of purposes, with the correct techniques, and increase their stamina in writing longer pieces. We will look for inspiration in our wider reading, with modern novels, poetry and Shakespeare all forming part of our curriculum.
Students are given the opportunity to listen/read a range of speeches, written during the 19th and 20th centuries. Additionally, they are taught to analyse the content and understand the context of speeches, whilst being encouraged to learn the literary techniques used.
As part of their assessment, students choose a subject they are passionate about and use the persuasive techniques they have learnt, to develop their argument. This culminates in each student presenting their argument to the class and having to defend their thesis, during a question and answer session. The challenge and rigour of this process is an excellent life skill for students’ development and a key ability in many businesses today.
Above all, our aim is to produce confident readers, speakers and writers who are able to craft the language they use in order that they are able to express themselves fully.
SPA English 18-19 Curriculum Plan overview - please click to download.