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English

Intent 

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

Stephen King

Our underlying aim is to foster a love of literature and to develop confident writers and speakers. We encourage all our pupils to engage with all aspects of English from classic literature to modern media.

The English Department works towards covering the National Curriculum: the aims of which are “to promote standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.”

Implementation 

“Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.”

Tom Stoppard

In both key stages the broad skills and knowledge being delivered to classes are the same:

  • Reading non-fiction
  • Reading fiction (short stories, novels, poetry and plays)
  • Writing for different purposes (fiction and non-fiction)
  • Speaking and listening skills
  • Grammar, accuracy and terminology

However, the teaching approaches, specific content and methods of delivery and of formative assessment may vary between teachers in order to meet the needs of the learners in each group.

At Key Stage 2, pupils follow the National Curriculum where they are introduced to a range of texts  from non-fiction, John Rocco, Dylan Thomas, Lewis Carroll through to Philippa Pearce, Carol Ann Duffy, Amy Wilson and a range of poetry to name but a few.

At Key Stage 3, pupils follow the National Curriculum and study a range of areas comprising of fiction, non-fiction, media, creative writing, poetry, shared novel, Chaucer and Shakespeare.

In Year 7 pupils begin to look at the history of the English Language, study advertising, read novels by one of the following: Louis Sachar, David Almond, John Grisham, J. R .R. Tolkien and Rosemary Sutcliff. They are introduced to Shakespeare and narrative poetry.

In Year 8 pupils explore dystopian fiction, persuasive writing through speeches, a novel by one of the following authors: Michael Morpurgo, George Orwell, S.E. Hinton, Kate Saunders and either The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night or A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Pupils are encouraged to engage with the texts and topics being studied whilst practising and developing as both readers and writers.

Pupils are taught in tutor groups on entry into the school and then organised into broad learning groups based on data collected:  KS2 information from first schools, teacher assessment and GL assessment. Although pupils are broadly grouped by ability, their individual needs and requirements are also taken into account. Learning groups are flexible and reviewed throughout the first term to ensure that pupils are suitably placed to best meet their needs. Learners who require specific interventions and support have bespoke English timetables. They are placed in small groups where they receive monitored programmes of learning including Fresh Start.  Groupings are reviewed at the end of Year 6 and at regular intervals throughout Key Stage 3.  All groups follow the same broad curriculum and work is differentiated by the individual teachers to suit each group’s learning needs.

 

Additional Learning and Extra Curricular Opportunities Include:

Library access at lunch times.

KS2 Creative Writing Group

KS2 Film Club

KS3 Slam Poetry Competition

Book Buzz

Impact
 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr Seuss

Assessment is ongoing. Students are given regular formative feedback and are set personal targets at all levels. Steps for improvement are linked to the needs of the individual and the departmental assessment framework. At regular points, pupils are given assessments which are summative.

 

In addition, all pupils take standardised spelling and reading tests.

 

The impact of our curriculum is as follows:

Key Stage 2 Results for English

  2016 2017 2018
English Reading:      
Expected Standard 72% 72% 84%
Average Scaled Score 104 105 106.6
English Writing:      
Expected Standard 64% 77% 74%
Working at Greater Depth 9% 6% 3%
English GPS      
Expected Standard 67% 70% 72%
Average Scaled Score 103 105 104.7

End of Year 8 GL Results 2015 – 2018 cohort.

Reading based on entry and exit data from external GL

 

Entry 2015

Exit 2018

Working at or Above National Expectations

 

 

88%

 

98%

Working Above National Expectations

 

 

25%

 

55%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing Skills based on entry and exit data from external GL

 

Entry 2015

Exit 2018

Working at or Above National Expectations

7

 

79%

 

88%

Working Above National Expectations

 

 

20%

 

32%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Voice:

“I think that English is interesting and we develop a good way to express our thoughts in writing. The lessons help us to develop as a writer and we are learning new things all of the time. The lessons are enjoyable and I feel we are learning all of the time.” Lu Year 8

“The English lessons here are second to none! They are fun and interesting – simply amazing!” Seth Year 8

“English at Bredon hill Academy is not only informative and enriching, it is fun and interesting. My understanding of the subject has definitely improved since arriving at the school.” Lana Year 8

“I think that English at BHA is fun and valuable. The teachers make the lessons enjoyable and you can learn a lot within the space of an hour lesson. You have the opportunity to be creative, making learning all the more fun.” Gracie Year 8