English

English

Department Staff

Subject Leader – G Shabytah

Teacher – V Browning

Teaching Assistant – C Apps

Teaching Assistant – J Shute

 

Key Stage 3:

Overview

At Southbrook, Key Stage 3 pupils receive five lessons of English a week. In addition to their lessons, staff work hard to ensure their key skills are transferred into all areas of the curriculum. Reading and writing targets are shared across the school and this enables children to focus on exactly what is needed to move their learning forwards, in all lessons. Phonics and spelling are taught both in English lessons and in Tutor time. This means that children will have at least two quality sessions per week and this impacts on them being able to make confident spelling and decoding choices in their reading and writing.

Our aim in English is to develop children’s reading and writing skills and to encourage them to find pleasure across a range of genres.

What will they experience?

  • A range of texts including narrative, poetry, Shakespeare and non-fiction.
  • Planning, writing and editing processes.
  • Speaking, Listening and Drama activities.
  • Developing individual spelling and phonics strategies in reading and writing.

We also strive to give children as many enriching opportunities as possible through English; which include trips to the theatre and organising visitors to come into school. In the last few years we have visited the Northcott Theatre and had visits from RAMM in Exeter to support World War 2 learning.  In addition we have had visits from an artist, a sculptor and an author; who engaged our pupils in creative workshops.

 

 Key Stage 4:

Overview

In Key Stage 4, pupils receive 4 lessons of English a week and most will gain an Entry Level Certificate. Most pupils will gain a certificate in Functional Skills and some pupils will go on further to attain a GCSE in English Language. All pupils will undertake AQA Unit awards on different themes of learning.

Alongside this, pupils will continue to develop their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills as they have done in Key Stage 3.

What will they experience?

  • A range of texts including narrative, poetry, Shakespeare and non-fiction.
  • Planning, writing and editing processes.
  • Speaking, Listening and Drama activities.
  • Developing individual spelling and phonics strategies in reading and writing. 

We also strive to ensure that all children reach their full potential and are rewarded with qualifications and certificates, which will support them in their ‘Post 16’ journey.

Assessment details

AQA Step Up to English Entry Level Certificate.

OCR Functional Skills Entry Level Certificate in English.

AQA GCSE English Language.

AQA Unit Awards in English.