Team Leader: Mrs I Colley

At Kettlethorpe High School we believe that every child has the right to be taught essential skills, which will support them to access the curriculum across the school. The English department provide a broad curriculum- a rigorous five year learning experience, where pupils build on skills year upon year through an enjoyable secondary education.

English lessons are an essential part of every pupil’s education. The aims of the subject are:

  • to teach pupils to be confident readers
  • to develop pupils’ ability in writing for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • to teach pupils about different cultures, societies, morals and values
  • to teach pupils to write confidently, and to be able to proof read to ensure writing is technically accurate
  • for pupils to be able to express their ideas clearly and precisely
  • for pupils to have opportunities to express themselves creatively.

English lessons teach pupils how to read a text to the highest standard. Pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure, to perfect their reading skills and are continually supported in decoding language, exploring the meanings created by writers and giving personal and critical opinions. When pupils write, they are explicitly taught technical accuracy and how to ensure writing is aimed at the correct audience and has purpose (as well as a degree of formality).

The English department prides itself on providing engaging enrichment and intervention opportunities, in both KS3 and KS4. These opportunities run at various points during the year including: paired reading groups; theatre trips; in-school workshops (Shakespeare Day); World Book Day; Readathon; working with outside agencies (e.g. Engaging Education); residential trips to London and other locations e.g. Whitby, Alnwick. Not only do these opportunities give pupils the chance to engage with a text they are studying, but they are also great opportunities to develop personal, social and communication skills.

Curriculum Overview:

Key stage 3
In Years 7 and 8 pupils study a wide range of topics including: poetry, Shakespeare, modern play scripts, reading and writing fiction and non-fiction, plus a class novel.

Key stage 4:
Exam board – Eduqas
Pupils study GCSE English Language and English Literature. Details of the GCSE course are as follows:

English Language
Component One – Section A: read a short, fiction extract and answer five questions. Section B: narrative writing.  Component Two – Section A: read two non-fiction texts and answer six questions. Section B: transactional writing

English Literature
An anthology of poetry
Blood Brothers
A Christmas Carol
Unseen poetry
Romeo and Juliet

Here is a recommended wider reading list for KS4 pupils.

How to support pupil learning
Encourage reading for pleasure.
Encourage your child to help you with any ‘real life’ writing tasks you might have a home, for example writing a letter or e-mail of complaint or job application letter.
Purchase copies of the GCSE set texts and revision guides (your child’s class teacher will inform them of the titles and relevant editions).

Check our Recommended Reading list for KS3 pupils.