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ENGLISH DEPARTMENT


In order to teach and support every pupil at Clare Mount, we have developed a very personalised learning programme. Throughout the English Department, the policy is to set pupils based on their ability, enabling the learning to be more appropriately structured and to meet the needs of every student. With the exception of the base and nurture groups in Year 7, pupils are grouped to enable the greatest level of appropriate challenge and progression.

A 'Multisensory Approach' to the teaching of reading, spelling and handwriting, for those who need it, is followed, in both KS3 and KS4. By using all the pathways the pupil is able to overcome weaknesses and use their strengths. Our structured sequential framework allows pupils to build on success with confidence. Phonics knowledge is embedded early in Year 7 and forms the basis for much of the teaching of reading and spelling throughout all Year groups.


 

KS3

Novels taught at KS3 are determined by the pupils ability level rather than by age group so it is not unusual for pupils in the same year group to study different novels. Indicated below is just some of the novels taught at KS3 to pupils on different levels or "steps".

 

Step Up

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5

The Angel of Nitshill Road

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Krindlekrax

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Food

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The Iron Man

 

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Room 13

 

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Charlotte’s Webb

 

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101 Dalmatians

 

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Buddy

 

 

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The Pinballs

 

 

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Holes

 

 

 

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The Hunger Games

 

 

 

 

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Pupils in KS3 will also study different formats of texts including plays, poetry, non-fiction and Media texts. Pupils will be assessed for their written ability across a range of transactional texts including the writing of leaflets, plays, stories, poetry, reports, letters, diaries and reviews.

 

KS4

Year 10 and 11

Pupils in Year 10 are enrolled onto one of two brand new pathways. The new GCSE English Language and Literature specifications offer one of these pathways and include multiple forms of transactional writing, comprehension and the study of fiction and non-fiction texts including an indepth analysis of "A Christmas Carol", "An Inspector Calls" and "Romeo and Juliet". Pupils will also study both pre-read, and unseen poetry.

 

The alternative pathway is called "Step Up To English" and offers an Entry Level Certificate designed to prepare students for achieving a GCSE later in life. Every skill learnt on the Step Up course is transferrable to the GCSE, meaning that it is perfect preparation should pupils be able to access the GCSE during the sixth form. We are incredibly thorough in our evaluation of pupils and ensure that we enter pupils for courses which enable them to reach their potential whilst ensuring that expectations on pupils are appropriate and support their emotional development as well as their academic development.

 

 

KS5

Pupils in Sixth Form English will either be given an additional opportunity to study the GCSE in English Language, look to further hone their literary ability by continuing to work on the Step Up course, or they will be supported in key areas including phonics and handwriting.

 

More information about the GCSE courses, including specimen papers, can be found here:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse

 

Progression in English - Spectrum Steps

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