The KS3 English curriculum at Woodfield school is designed to inspire and motivate our students. The curriculum allows them to develop their speaking and listening, reading and writing skills through Literature.
Students will study at least one novel a year as well as a rich variety of poetry and plays. Novels such as John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Wonder by R. J. Palacio are used to engage the younger years in KS3 whilst Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is used to promote challenge in Year 9.
Students also have Accelerated Reader lessons once a week, designed to allow the students dedicated time to read for pleasure. Students can pick their own book from our expanding library and are encouraged to read at all opportunities.
In KS4 English, the students follow the meandering pathway of a variety of courses. Starting with Entry Level Functional Skills which aims to build those important speaking and listening skills and the reading, writing and spelling skills needed to navigate through life.
Alongside this, students study GCSE English Literature to broaden their understanding of people, places and cultures around the world. They work their way through Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Jacobean society, making the links to their own 21st Century World; they explore the recession of the 1980’s and the ‘Thatcher’ years through Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers play; they analyse and question the complexities of the mind and Victorian London through Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde and they explore a diverse range of poems that evoke their curiosity and enquiring minds.
Other students study GCSE English Language which involves the analysis of a range of non-fiction works from the 19th and 21st Century and encourages them to develop their own opinions of how effective writers are at engaging the reader. They use this knowledge to structure and create their own writing that in turn engages their reader. We cultivate a positive experience of studying English and promote that ‘a journey of a thousand miles, starts with a small step’.