Key Stage 4 Co-Ordinator:
Key Stage Four Overview
Students are exposed to a combination of traditional and modern literature in the format of novels, plays and poetry which will challenge and excite them during lessons. In addition to literature, Key Stage Three students are also encouraged to think creatively and will complete standalone creative writing units to help them develop their imaginative skills.
Within the faculty, emphasis is placed upon grammar in order to solidify and develop skills that students have built when preparing for the English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test at Key Stage Two in their final year of primary school. Each scheme of work that students complete in year 7 and year 8 has elements of grammar built into lessons to support students and help them to progress. Some examples of embedded grammar are sentence types that students can analyse in responses, using particular word classifications for varying purposes and transforming words from one classification to another in order to discuss character emotions. The strong grammar focus within English enables students to express their ideas with a greater degree of clarity and accuracy, ultimately setting them up for success as they progress towards year 11 as well as providing solid grammatical understanding which also helps them when learning languages in other lessons.
There are five English groupings across each year in Key Stage Three; one more able ‘top set’ and four mixed ability classes. Top set classes will study some specially selected texts in order to help them to engage with more challenging ideas and materials.