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Key Stage 3 Summary

In Key Stage 3 we aim to develop the skills that students will need to perform well in their GCSEs and beyond.

We focus on building critical reading and writing skills through introducing the students to a wide range of texts, from Beowulf to The Hunger Games.

In addition to this, we build students ‘soft skills’, such as the ability to discuss and debate effectively, critical thinking, independence, resilience and, of course, a love of reading.

Beyond the classroom, we work with The Ministry of Stories, Hackney Pirates and the Reachout Programme to offer enrichment activities across Key Stage 3. We regularly support students in entering writing competitions and some of our students have had their work published.

The full course content can be found here

Key Stage 4 Summary

At GCSE we study AQA English Literature and English Language over a two-year course.

The course is designed to expose students to a wide variety of exciting texts whilst ensuring key exam skills and techniques are secured and practiced.

Similar to Key Stage 3, we believe it is important to continue building students ‘soft skills’ in preparation for Further and Higher education, job and university interviews and applications and, as always, to build a lifelong love of reading.

The full course content can be found here

Key Stage 5 Summary

At AS and A Level we study OCR English Literature and English Literature & Language.

The courses are both academically challenging and engaging, allowing students to study texts ranging from Russell Brand’s podcasts in Literature & Language, to Shakespeare’s Hamlet in Literature.

At Key Stage 5 we develop students view of themselves as scholars working with a range of challenging secondary critical texts to broaden their understanding and help to bridge the gap between A Levels and Higher Education.

The full course content can be found here

Learning Ladders

Learning Ladders will need to be clearly saved in the correct subject area here.

Some brief explanatory text of how students should use them in your subject:

In SUBJECT the Learning Ladders will help students to understand what skills and knowledge they will need to demonstrate to achieve each level. You should look at the ‘Do Now’ activities to practice the skills they you will be assessed on.

Key Stage 3 – there is a Learning Ladder for each unit, make sure you use the correct one.

Key Stage 4 and 5 – the Learning Ladders focus on each of the elements of the exam paper.

The intention would be that each subject page would have a series of links to Learning Ladders like this:

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7 Learning Ladder Learning Ladder Learning Ladder Learning Ladder Learning Ladder Learning Ladder
Year 8 Learning Ladder Learning Ladder Learning Ladder Learning Ladder Learning Ladder Learning Ladder
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Year 10 Learning Ladder Learning Ladder Learning Ladder Learning Ladder Learning Ladder Learning Ladder
Year 11 Learning Ladder Learning Ladder Learning Ladder

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Year 13 Learnin;g Ladder Learning Ladder Learning Ladder Learning Ladder Learning Ladder Learning Ladder

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Useful Links

Use the sites below to help you when you are making revision resources such as flashcards and mindmaps for your GCSEs.

They are also useful when you are annotating your texts as they tell you what the key symbols and events are in each scene/chapter.

GCSE Literature:

This link is to Bitesize from the BBC.  It has resources for all of your exam texts: www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects

This link is to Litcharts it has revision resources for ‘Macbeth’, ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Lord of the Flies’: www.litcharts.com

This link is to Sparknotes it has revision resources for ‘Macbeth’, ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Lord of the Flies’: www.sparknotes.com/sparknotes

They also have No Fear Shakespeare, which has a line by line translation of Macbeth: nfs.sparknotes.com/macbeth

GCSE Language:

This link is to Bitesize from the BBC.  It has resources for each skill you need in the two Language papers: www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects

Principal:
Mr Chris Brown

Vice Principals:
Kelly Harris (KS3)
Paddy Cassidy (KS4)
Alison Underwood (Sixth Form)
Jennifer Evans

Finance &
Resources Director:

Ken Robb