KS4 English

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English class at Christleton High School

English at Christleton High School is vibrant, varied and valuable. We aim to develop the potential of all students to be confident communicators, independent thinkers, creative writers and critical readers.

At Key Stage 3, students follow the National Curriculum and can expect to cover a range of reading, writing and speaking and listening activities. Key assessment points are built into the curriculum overviews to track progress and achievement and identify intervention needs. Students also undertake a GCSE transition unit towards the end of Year 9 in order to equip them with the skills needed for the challenging specifications of the new GCSE exams.

Enrichment activities include in-house and Rotary poetry competitions, taking part in BBC Schools Report, theatre trips, Readathon and a Gifted and Talented trip to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s house.

English class at Christleton High School

At Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA syllabus, leading to a GCSE in both English Language and English Literature. For English Literature, students will study a rich variety of texts including a Shakespeare play, a nineteenth century novel, a modern text and a range of poetry. For English Language, students study towards two exams: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing and Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives. The papers require students to respond to both fiction and non-fiction texts as well as demonstrating their ability to write in different styles and for different audiences. Finally, students undertake a non-exam assessment in Spoken Language.

Students are assessed through three exams taken at the end of the course. Controlled assessment is no longer a component of the English GCSEs. Enrichment activities include theatre trips, Rotary public speaking competitions, book clubs and visiting authors.

Sixth Form

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