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English

 

Subject Leader Miss J Kilmore
Second in English Mrs E Brameld
English Teacher Mr  C Thompson
English Teacher Mrs H Wayte
English/History Teacher (Assistant Principal) Mr J Bennett
Higher Level Teaching Assistant Mrs G Dodge

 

 

 

 

The Axholme Academy English team strives to ensure that all pupils enjoy and engage fully in the English curriculum. The curriculum is sequenced to support pupils in developing  key English knowledge and skills within school, in both English Language and English Literature,  and  to enable all of our students to access the post-16 pathway they aspire to. We aspire for our students to become effective communicators  who are able to meet the requirements of the world beyond our school community and we aim to nurture a love of Literature. 

The Literacy curriculum is designed to foster a love of reading, offering students the chance to read and respond to a wide range of texts, whilst also monitoring the progress of students in reading and offering interventions to those students who are below a reading age of 11. The Literacy curriculum is also designed to support Literacy across the wider curriculum. 

The English curriculum consists of:

  • KS3 NC Programmes of Study
  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE English Literature
  • Entry Level English certificate
  • Post 16 - Related A level/Vocational qualifications. Taster sessions are delivered in school to encourage the take up of English post-16

The subject content contained within our curriculum is fully compliant with KS3 statutory content, and fully compliant with the statutory content outlined in KS4.

English Curriculum Model

All students develop their skills in the three main strands of English which progress throughout KS3 and KS4. The strands are:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and listening

Students also engage with the study of a wide variety of literary texts, novels, plays and poems,  within English lessons. These texts range from classics to modern texts and are chosen to enable our students to explore potentially challenging themes and to broaden their understanding of the world around them.

The English curriculum model allows students to visit each element of curriculum content at several points in KS3 and KS4. Students revisit a subject or skill  several times throughout their school career, the complexity of the subject or skill increases with each revisit, therefore new learning has a relationship with previous learning allowing students to progress and reach their full potential. Using this model enables knowledge and skills to be reinforced and solidified each time the students revisit. It allows a logical progression from simplistic skills to highly developed skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening,  and students are encouraged to apply the early knowledge to later course objectives.

In years 10 & 11,  English Language and English Literature are delivered as discreet courses to enable students to fully understand and excel in the very different skills and knowledge requirements of each subject.

English is taught in mostly mixed-ability groupings, which we believe ensures best progress for all students of all abilities. To support this approach, our lessons incorporate a variety of differentiation strategies. The use of modelling and scaffolding is embedded in our pedagogy to enable all students to access the learning at the highest possible level. A range of assessment approaches are used to identify gaps in learning and address them. Low-stakes retrieval  assessment tasks are used frequently to consolidate skills or knowledge. Live marking is also embedded in department pedagogy to allow students instant feedback on their work and quickly address misconceptions.

Students keep all work, including assessments,  in their exercise books so that they are able to track their progress,  and reflect on and refer to prior learning.

Students who excel in English have the opportunity to extend learning through extension activities in lessons or enrichment activities and opportunities which are available across both KS3 and KS4.

Employability

In English lessons, students develop their employability skills. They are taught to communicate effectively. Progress in reading and spelling is monitored closely in KS3 Literacy lessons. As well as progressing in reading skills, in English lessons students develop their skills in functional writing and communication & presentation skills. In addition, Students are further encouraged to develop employability skills by effective communication, planning, organising, self-management, teamwork, presenting, problem solving, creativity, initiative, aiming high, leadership and staying positive.

We have also forged links with local colleges for the provision of an employability session on career paths linked with English. 

Progression from KS2

We ensure that Year 7 effectively builds upon content delivered during Key Stage 2 by analysing and sharing KS2 test data with colleagues teaching year 7 to allow appropriate interventions to be put in place where needed. Skills in reading and spelling are consolidated during Literacy lessons and low-stakes retrieval activities in English lessons. There is a Yr 7 Reading Group intervention for students with average reading scores below 100.

Links with other curriculum areas

The skills which are developed in English provide the building blocks which allow students to access many other curriculum areas effectively. There are some links between content and knowledge. For example, in English ‘An Inspector Calls’ is  introduced as a GCSE Literature text in year 9 and ‘A Christmas Carol’ is introduced as a GCSE Literature text in year 10. In History, there is an ILT project rotation across KS3 for both of these texts, to develop students’ knowledge of the context of the texts. We are able to refer to this prior learning in our teaching.

The Literacy  curriculum has links with many subject areas, such as Science,Geography, PE, RE and History. KS3 students are taught the meaning of the command words used in many subject areas through a sequence of themed units of work. 

Cultural Capital

We develop students’ Cultural Capital whilst studying English through our enrichment program. In Year 7 & 8 students are invited to enter the 500 words Radio 2 writing competition. We have reading groups in Year 7 and Year 8 to encourage wider reading. We participate in the ‘Into Film’ festival which allows students to visit the local cinema. Some students participate in the writing of the ‘Ax News’ in collaboration with Lincoln University. We also organise a Christmas charity appeal to link with our studies of ‘A Christmas Carol’.