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English

Overview

All students follow the national strategy for English. In years 7, 8 and 9 students are taught in sets. All groups are assessed half-termly and the topics span a selection of plays, novels, poems and non-fiction texts.

A strong emphasis is placed on reading and pupils are taught fortnightly, discreet Skills and reading in lessons in the library. We encourage all students to read widely and insist, on them bringing their imagination to every lesson.

The study of English in years 9, 10 and 11 will develop a growing maturity of approach and sophistication of materials in key areas of Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening. Students will experience extensive work on media and non-fiction, writing in a variety of styles; analytical study of more demanding fiction; comparative poetry analysis; and more advanced plays including Shakespeare and a modern drama text, all with a continued emphasis on improving technical accuracy and style. There is also a growing emphasis on speaking and listening skills, including debate skills, presenting formal speech and discussion work.

Years 9, 10 and 11 will follow the IGCSE English Language course which offers 60% coursework, consisting of three assignments, covering a range of non-fiction writing, and students also carry out three speaking and listening activities. Each student also studies the OCR Literature GCSE.

All students can expect to participate in peer and group activities and will be expected to complete regular peer and self-assessment activities.

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