Our aim at KS4 is to inspire all learners to be enthusiastic and proactive in their learning as they prepare to undertake their GCSE examinations in English Language and Literature. We aspire to support pupils to become independent, resilient, responsible, and successful future global citizens, equipped for the rigours of further academic study and the world of work. We hope to inspire and motivate our students to become lifelong learners who are successful not only academically but also in their positive contributions to wider society. We strive to ensure all pupils are adequately equipped with the broad range of skills needed to be successful in a transitional, competitive and challenging world.
To achieve our vision, we have created a KS4 curriculum which builds on the skills delivered at KS3 and follows the Edexcel GCSE specification for language and literature. We continue to immerse our learners in a vast range of reading stimuli, both fiction and non-fiction and aim to further develop their cultural capital. Pupils study texts from a range of highly esteemed authors such as Shakespeare, Orwell and Dickens. We encourage pupils to read these texts critically, with imagination, and to make connections to the world around them. The texts studied at KS4 frequently address important social and historical issues that are still pertinent and prevalent today. We strive to tackle these issues in an open and inclusive way, where students feel safe and secure in developing and expressing their beliefs.
In writing, we strive to augment the skills implemented at KS3 to generate effective and confident writers who can express themselves accurately, in detail and with precision. We aim to foster imaginative and analytical writers who utilise sophisticated vocabulary, form grammatically correct and compelling sentences and employ structural devices creatively to express ideas in a convincing manner for a variety of forms and purposes.Students have the opportunity to engage in discussions, debates, and formal presentations as they journey towards the completion of their spoken language endorsement. This presents opportunities for students to immerse and refine their verbal communication skills and to develop their ability to articulate their perspectives and ideas confidently, coherently and in a structured manner. These skills will prove invaluable as pupils’ progress to further academic study or their desired careers.