Key Stage 3 – English
The WES Primary English course is based upon the requirements of the Literacy Strategy which is now followed in primary schools in England. Pupils are taught the following skills in a systematic way and within meaningful contexts, by studying a variety of texts – fiction, non-fiction, poetry etc.
In the early stages children will also be using a graded reading scheme, spelling and handwriting books. Speaking and Listening skills occur throughout as discussion forms an integral part and lessons are supported by games and activities.
Speaking and Listening
The aim of the speaking and listening part of the curriculum is to develop the ability to communicate fluently and effectively in spoken English and to listen with understanding. Students will develop their ability to:
- speak clearly in Standard English.
- give a well organised and sustained account of an event, a personal experience or an activity.
- contribute to and respond constructively in discussion, including the development of ideas.
- advocate and justify a point of view.
- use language to convey information and ideas effectively in a straightforward situation.
- contribute to the planning of, and participate in, a group presentation.
- recognise variations in vocabulary between different regional or social groups, and relate this knowledge to personal experience.
The aim of the reading curriculum is to develop the ability to read, understand and respond to all types of writing, as well as the development of information-retrieval strategies for the purposes of study. In Year 7, students will develop their ability to:
- read aloud with fluency, expression and confidence.
- demonstrate an ability to explain preferences about a range of stories and poems which they have read.
- show that they are developing their own views about fiction, non-fiction, poetry and other texts and can support their views by reference to some details in the text.
- make inferences, draw conclusions and predict from information given.
- recognise whether subject matter in non-literary and media texts is presented as fact or opinion.
- discuss story line, characters and plot and be aware how atmosphere is built up in a story.
- be aware that different authors have different styles and of the effect that a writer’s choice of particular words and phrases has on the reader.
- use reference books and other information materials to find answers to questions.
Literacy is essential in our world and it is important that all children are able to read from a variety of different sources with understanding. Children should therefore have access to a wide range of reading material. They should learn to read for pleasure, and critically so that they can evaluate what they read. This criticism and evaluation will help them to get real worth from their reading sources.
The aim of writing is to develop a growing ability to construct and convey meaning in written language, matching style to audience and purpose. In Year 7, students will develop their ability to:
- write accurate English which has correct grammar and punctuation.
- use a variety of styles of writing in different contexts.
- organise writing in a logical way.
- revise, redraft and discuss ideas for writing.
- use a wide variety and complexity of sentences.
- use quality and range of language to convey meaning in different forms.
- write convincingly on a variety of themes.
- critically examine and proofread their own work.
- use legible and correct handwriting.