English

KS3

In years 7 and 8 students develop three core areas:

  • Speaking and Listening;
  • Reading;
  • Writing

These are taught by studying different topics each term.

We employ films as a technique  to engage students who are less confident readers to enable their access to the curriculum. Other approaches that we use are reading shortened versions of stories; this means that students can complete the work without having to read a vast amount of words.

Finally, speaking and listening is a core skill that is used within lessons. It is used to develop ideas, expand understanding and to plan.

Year 9 students will have the option to start either their GCSE studies or functional skills qualifications.

KS4

All students at LWS have the opportunity to study two qualifications in English. These are:

– Functional Skills

– GCSE English Language

 

Functional Skills has two approaches. Entry Level courses can be assessed in class through coursework.

Levels 1 and 2 have exams. These are made up of three components:

  • Speaking and listening, this is assessed in class;
  • Reading, assessed by a 1 hour exam in the summer;
  • Writing, also assessed by a 1 hour exam in the summer.

Those who choose to study GCSEs can gain an English Language qualification. These are assessed by two 2 hour exams in the summer.

Students will study:

  • A range of non-fiction texts;
  • Poetry;
  • Fiction texts.
  • They will also write a range of non-fiction texts.

They will develop their knowledge of how language can affect audience, purpose and form.

Writing skills focus on the accuracy of punctuation to achieve desired effects.

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