Key stage 3
English language and literature are taught together at key stage 3 and develop the core skills required for both GCSE subjects and beyond. Once the students reach year 10, the two subjects become more defined, leading up to the two separate qualifications that the students will achieve at the end of year 11. Students also have the opportunity to study A Level language and A Level literature as part of the HSFC provision.
Cultural capital is at the heart of our curriculum, providing students with the opportunity to explore a range of texts from a variety of different writers, backgrounds and experiences. This not only supports their knowledge and understanding of the world around them but also encourages healthy and lively debates about topics that matter to them.
Each topic in key stage 3 ensures that students are exposed to religious, social, cultural and historical fiction and non-fiction texts and we offer a range of opportunities to reflect upon the knowledge discovered, debate current affairs and develop a personal response as a result. The curriculum is planned sequentially to build skills and knowledge in preparation for the demands of key stage 4.
Students have the opportunity to work on their communication skills alongside their ability to read and write in a range of different styles, text types and situations, all preparing the individual for life after the academy. Our curriculum is recursive, allowing students many opportunities to revisit, build and explore topics and skills taught in previous units, which in turn will increase fluency and independence.
Aims of the subject
We aim to:
• Provide students with the tools required to communicate in a range of social and cultural settings including the world of employment.
• Focus on the core skills required to function in society.
• Build on the skills taught at KS2 including skimming and scanning, reading for meaning, analysing and evaluating.
• Enable students to articulate their viewpoint on a wide range of issues.
• Provide creative writing opportunities for students within all topics.
• Broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live in.
• Deliver a recursive curriculum, which builds on the skills taught in previous years.