Subject lead: Mrs Clemenson & Miss Spence
In English, we believe that all students should be given the opportunity to access a wide variety of texts from classic to contemporary. In Key stages 1, 2 and 3 we have introduced the 'Literacy Counts Read to Write' scheme.
We believe that the texts our students study should be culturally, linguistically and conceptually rich, carving the passage for students to explore universal messages and values. We challenge our pupils to think critically and independently. Our goal is for all of our students to be equipped with the reading and communication skills they need to access the challenges of the curriculum and excel in whatever path they choose to take in later life.
We strive to engage all pupils in all areas of English. Across the academic year we have a number of whole school English initiatives, including visiting authors, storytellers, World Book Day, International writing competitions, in-house poetry and story-writing competitions.
Key Stage 1
At Key stage 1 the intent is to give our pupils a high quality education in English which will give them a foundation to speak and write fluently. We aim for all pupils to communicate their ideas and emotions to others with confidence and for them to use their reading and listening skills so that others may communicate effectively with them. We aim for our pupils to read widely and often, for both pleasure and information, enabling pupils to acquire knowledge and build on what they already know.
At West Kirby School and College we use 'Read, Write Inc.' phonics scheme. Read more on our Reading page. Children have access to a number of high quality reading schemes including Bug Club and Oxford Reading Tree. In Key Stages 1 and 2 we use the Read to Write scheme from Literacy Counts.
Key Stage 2
The intent in Key stage 2 is to develop the student’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. The use of written and verbal language in the classroom enables children to communicate ideas, views and feelings creatively and imaginatively. As they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry, play scripts, non-fiction and media texts, students gain an understanding of how language works.
Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations. We will recognise, value and build on the language skills that children have already acquired and help them prepare for their next stage in learning.
At West Kirby School and College we use Read, Write Inc. phonics scheme, from Year 5 and above we have Read, Write Inc. Fresh Start intervention. Read more on our Reading page. Children have access to a number of high quality reading schemes including Bug Club and Oxford Reading Tree. In Key Stages 1 and 2 we use the Read to Write scheme from Literacy Counts.
An example from our exciting new Key Stage 1 and 2 writing scheme. The Bog Baby unit of work from 'Read to Write Literacy Counts.'
Key Stage 3
The intent in Key stage 3 is for students to study a wide range of texts including prose, drama and poetry. Students will also study a wider range of non-fiction texts to ensure that they have a secure understanding of how reading and writing has developed over time.
Students may be asked to write an analytical paragraph, complete comprehension exercises, produce some creative writing or give a verbal presentation. Students are expected to reflect upon their own work on a regular basis so that they have a secure understanding of their own abilities and needs.
English curriculum overview and 3 year KS3 plan
Key Stage 4
In Key stage 4 pupils follow the AQA GCSE syllabus, AQA 'Step Up To English' Silver or Gold.
Teachers will deploy a variety of teaching styles and methods to meet the needs of the students in their own classes.
For English Language, students need to be confident readers of literature and non-fiction texts and be able to access literary heritage texts. They need to be able to write accurately for a variety of purposes. For English Literature, students need to be able to analyse a range of texts.