In years 7 and 8 students develop three core areas:
- Speaking and Listening;
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.
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;
- 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.