English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects. Through the study of English our students develop the skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment – furthermore they explore how to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and learn how to communicate with others confidently and effectively.
Looking at the patterns, structures, origins and conventions of English helps us understand how language works. Armed with this understanding, students can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations, as well as appreciate and interpret the choices made by other writers and speakers.
By encouraging students to read a wide range of books and texts that reflect the experiences of people from many countries and times, students develop a sense of cultural identity and become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts. They gain access to a world of knowledge and hopefully lay the foundation for a lifelong love of reading.
At Haygrove School students are taught in mixed ability tutor groups for the first few weeks of Year 7 and then are set into ability classes for the remainder of Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9).
At Key Stage 3 students will also follow a Literacy course that will help develop life-long skills, such as sentence structure, verb tenses, parts of speech, punctuation for effect and vocabulary selection. The course also encourages students to recognise the importance of good literacy skills in all of their school subjects. Students will study various texts, including non-fiction. In Year 7 and Year 8 students will also have regular spelling tests.
The Literacy curriculum allows students to improve their personal learning and thinking skills in conjunction with the school’s STRIPES Award scheme.
English and Literacy Intervention
Throughout the year, we actively seek opportunities to stretch the ability of the most able students, provide the right support to those who are struggling and to widen the range of experience of all our students.
Students are encouraged to take part in Bookworm Buddies (which gives weaker Year 7 students an opportunity to read with older student helpers) or the Reading Award Scheme which is designed to enable all Key Stage 3 students to explore new types of stories and genres.
We also involve students in improving their reading and literacy skills across the whole curriculum, by asking them to complete a Reading Passport as homework, which encourages cross-curricular reading, as well as helps to build comprehension, speaking and listening skills.
Students identified as needing additional support with literacy skills, may be withdrawn from some English lessons in Year 7 to be supported by our Learning Support Department, where they will follow the core of the normal English curriculum together with receiving particular help in key areas. A range of additional interventions are offered such as spelling groups, reading groups, one-to-one tuition or participation in a programme such as Individual Literacy Intervention (ILI) or Read, Write, Inc.
Each year we also offer a range of additional activities aimed at achieving these goals, such as the Year 7 Poetry Festival and theatre trips.
Find out about other support and activites provided by the School Library.
Key Stage 4 Options
English Language and English Literature is compulsory at Key Stage 4.
"In English... pupils receive frequent feedbak on thier work so that they are clear about how well they are doing and how to improve." OFSTED 2016