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Year 7, 8 and 9 English

Students are set in ability groups and, in Years 7, 8 and 9, they follow a programme of study that helps to prepare the students for the requirements at GCSE for both Language and Literature. They study a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, including a play by Shakespeare and poetry. Texts they may study include ‘Private Peaceful,’ ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘Heroes.’ In response to what they read, students produce work on story, characters, themes and writers’ technique. The work set assesses both Reading and Writing skills, though there are Spoken Language opportunities.

In addition, students follow schemes of work where they are taught the skills needed to write both fiction and non-fiction. In these units they produce stories, poems and descriptions, along with newspaper and magazine articles. They practise writing for a variety of purposes and audiences.

Students are formally assessed at the end of every half term, with key strengths and areas for improvement recorded. Students are given grades filtered down from GCSE, and the assignments they complete are designed to mirror the exam questions they will meet in Y11, so they become familiar with how to answer GCSE question very early on. Assessments are carried out in exam conditions and students are given clear advice on the areas they need to develop when given written feedback. Speaking and Listening is informally assessed throughout the year, with final additional accreditation in Y11.