English (KS3 – Y9)

Year 9 Outline

Students in Year 9 read at least one novel or other text in class during the year, and we continue to encourage students to read independently. They will study a variety of other topics, including: Romeo and Juliet; World War One Poetry; Victorian Ghost Stories and the Canterbury Tales.

There is a key focus on independence and learning outside the classroom, a book club is introduced this year which allows students to read a wide variety of 19th Century novels which is crucial for their GCSE studies. There are also theatre trips and a visit to Stratford Upon Avon to research Shakespeare. Students who really want to get ahead can join the GCSE Ready afterschool session to prepare for the English Literature and English Language GCSE Courses.

Assessment

During each unit, students are assessed and given targets that clearly explain how they can improve their work and what skills they need to focus on. Throughout the year, students are assessed using criteria developed from National Curriculum Levels. This data is used to monitor student progress and intervention is provided on a case by case basis.

Grouping and Teaching/Learning Style

In Year 7, students are taught in tutor groups, while Year 8 and Year 9, students continue to be taught in mixed ability bands apart from the highest achievers who are taught in an A band; a variety of data is used to create the groups including Teacher Assessment, Spelling Age, Reading Age, Verbal CATs scores and Test Results.

Lessons are fast paced and engaging: teachers use a variety of techniques based on the latest educational thinking to ensure challenge and engagement. Pair and group work encourage students to develop their confidence and reflection on learning and understanding the criteria for success are regular features of lessons. Each student is supported and challenged in order to reach their individual potential.