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ENGLISH DEPARTMENT LINKS SUBJECT OVERVIEW KEY STAGE 4 KEY STAGE 5 RELATED PAGES LITERACY THE WHITBY HIGH SCHOOL * SYCAMORE DRIVE   ELLESMERE PORT   CH66 2NU    ( 0151 355 8445     8 WHITBY@WHITBYHS.CHESHIRE.SCH.UK

KEY STAGE 3



We at Whitby High have worked hard to modernise our Key Stage Three to ensure it meets the needs of every student, develops key GCSE skills and fosters a love of reading and writing. Each term, your child will begin a new scheme of work (see above) which encompasses a range of reading, writing and spoken language skills used in a variety of contexts. The work set for your child will be differentiated to their ability to ensure they make maximum progress.


For reading, this will incorporate the study of poetry, drama and fictional texts which promote the literary canon and aim to foster a love of literature. Your child will study the contextual influences of different genres, classic authors and practise skills in literary analysis and criticism.


Formal assessments will take place each term, after each block of study and will be tracked over the whole key stage. You child will have an opportunity to complete Directed Improvement and Reflection Time (DIRT) after each key assessment to ensure they are aware of their targets. Students will be encouraged to develop their technical accuracy through: ambitious vocabulary choices; the manipulation of sentence structures for different effects; a controlled use of punctuation, a confident grasp of grammar and attention to detail in relation to spelling.


Assessment will take place in the form of extended pieces of writing, reading assessments that follow the new GCSE style question and regular literacy tests. Students will receive grades on a scale of 1-9 as per new national curriculum changes. In addition to the prescribed schemes of work, your daughter will undertake daily starter activities during English lessons which focus on five important concepts of literacy: spelling, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and inference.