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At KS3 we follow a broad curriculum, in line with the National Curriculum, that is designed to prepare students well for GCSE. Across years 7, 8 and 9 we study literature texts (including Shakespeare, poetry and a modern play script) and develop key writing and communication skills. In Key Stage 3, students have three classroom-based lessons and one library lesson per week. Students follow the Accelerated Reader programme and complete literacy-based tasks in these library lessons. Core reading and writing skills are assessed on a half-termly rotation, the results of which are used to support pupils’ development and progress in English. Students are expected to read for 1 hour per week – this should be recorded in their homework diary, in addition to completing 1 substantial homework task per week.
At KS4 the pupils study for either 2 separate English Language and English Literature GCSE qualifications, or a single English GCSE, following the AQA specifications (links to each of these courses can be found below). These courses provide students with varied and interesting programmes of study that not only provide students with interesting lessons, but also encourage a love for Literature and reading. All pupils will study the three main literary forms: prose, poetry and drama (plays), Shakespeare plays and key texts from the literary heritage as well as modern classics such as The Woman in Black, Of Mice and Men, or To Kill a Mockingbird. In Key Stage 4, students study English for four lessons per week. Closer to the exam period, there are also extra-curricular revision sessions provided for students, covering all areas of the exams, to ensure that they are fully prepared and as confident as possible. Students are expected to complete 1 substantial homework task per week, to further consolidate their learning.
CGP revision guides for GCSE Language and single English, as well as for the Literature set texts and poetry, are available to buy through the English Department at The Fernwood School. Alternatively, these are also available through retailers such as WH Smith and Amazon.