Our aim is to develop students who are life-long readers, who read for pleasure and enjoyment, and are able access a range of texts; different genres, non-fiction and fiction and various different forms. We also aim to develop students' reading habits to ensure they are adaptable readers for the twenty-first century, whilst reading for meaning and developing the reading strategies needed to optimise text understanding and analysis. We also endeavour to aid students to creatively use language to express their thoughts and feelings through a range of written forms - both non-fiction and fiction and to understand the importance of written language and how it can be manipulated and adapted to convey different meanings.
At the heart of our curriculum is a focus on developing vital literacy skills; ensuring students understand how to use punctuation correctly and know how to spell commonplace words. At the start of each academic year, students will complete a baseline literacy assessment. This assesses students' key skills and enables staff to personalise their teaching to suit the needs of the students. These skills are reviewed at different points in the academic year, with prompt interventions taking place where necessary.
Students are given a range of feedback and have time to act upon this feedback and respond to the targets given. This will allow students to develop their reading responses further and to "close the gap" in their achievements and learning. There is also a focus on planning written responses, the development of writing and the importance of re-drafting.
Whilst having a clear focus on being engaging and exciting for students, the KS3 English curriculum also has a strong focus on developing the foundations for GCSE study.