Porthcawl Comprehensive School / Ysgol Gyfun Porthcawl

English

Mrs R Mahoney

Key Stage 3

The new courses at Key Stage 3 have been designed to build our pupils’ skills and knowledge in preparation for GCSE. Pupils follow the English National Curriculum through their termly schemes of work and all assessments mirror the types of tasks set for GCSE Language and Literature papers. These also reflect the international PISA tests.
Year 7, 8 and 9 will complete a range of assessments over the year (in Writing, Reading and Oracy). Schemes of work will follow a theme-based approach as detailed below:


Year 7

Autumn Term 1: Fantastic Beasts

Pupils will study J.K. Rowling's play and develop their reading, writing and oracy skills. They will develop their creativity and narrative writing and will create their own screenplay.

Autumn Term 2 / Spring Term 1

Pupils will study Mythology and origins of our language as part of the whole school Our World thematic approach. Pupils will learn the Greek and Latin roots of English and its links to other languages, developing their understanding of vocabulary and enjoying rich stories from across the centuries. They will learn how to write an effective argument and develop their reading analysis skills, as well as using digital literacy to design film posters based on myths.

Spring Term 2 / Summer Term 1

Pupils will study the Dystopia genre and enjoy a variety of narratives that will ask big questions about the future of mankind. They will also further improve their reading skills and writing to argue. They will also practice for their National Reading Tests. The NRT tests reflect the GCSE Language exam. For this reason, we thoroughly prepare our pupils teaching the question types and the best ways to approach them.

Summer Term 2: C.S.I. Scientific and Digital Literacy Project

The Crime Scene Investigation project is a Scientific Literacy Collaborative Project where pupils will be solving a 'murder' that has taken place on school grounds. The suspects are shockingly familiar to the pupils!


All pupils will be expected to have a reading book and to read regularly at home.
All pupils will have a homework booklet and complete regular spelling, punctuation and grammar exercises in addition to regular writing and proofreading tasks.



Year 8

Autumn Term 1 & 2: The Gothic Genre

Pupils will study newspaper articles linked to 'The Woman in Black'. They will also complete a reading response to atmosphere in a key extract and complete group work on the subject of ghosts(!)

Spring Term 1: War

'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' by John Boyne: Pupils will study the text based on events in WW2. They will complete a formal persuasive letter and a five text reading assessment on war-linked texts. They will also complete a paired discussion relating to key characters in the novel.

Spring Term 2: National Reading Test Preparation

The NRT tests mirror the GCSE Language exam closely. For this reason, we thoroughly prepare our pupils for them by dedicating a half term to teaching the question types and the best ways to approach them.

Summer Term 1: The World of Work (Junior Apprentice Project for Digital Literacy)

Pupils will create a product and plan a marketing campaign to sell it. Pupils will create presentations including adverts to sell their product. Who will win the title of Junior Apprentice 2020?


Exams will be set during exam week and will include tasks studied throughout the year.
All pupils will have a reading booklet to monitor their reading.
All pupils will have spelling tests and complete regular writing and proofreading tasks.



Year 9

The course at Year 9 has been designed to build our pupils' skills in preparation for their GCSEs. Pupils within Porthcawl Comprehensive will study GCSE Literature in Year 10 and we therefore cover all exam tasks in Key Stage 3 as well as preparing them for the Language GCSE. All assessments mirror the types of tasks set for GCSE Language and Literature papers.
Year 9 pupils will complete three core assessments per term (in Writing, Reading and Oracy). Schemes of work follow a theme-based approach and this year's key themes and core assessments for Year 9 are:

Autumn Term 1: Conspiracy Theories

Pupils will study a wide range of texts to prepare them for the demands of their GCSE English Language Exam on the above theme.

Writing: Exposition writing.
Reading: Range of assessed responses.

Spring Term: 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck

Pupils will begin their GCSE Literature set text studies with the novel Of Mice and men. The focus is on learning the context and the demands of a GCSE course.

Writing: Argumentation Essay.
Reading: GCSE-style extract analysis.
Oracy: Individual presentation.

Summer Term 1: NRT Preparation

The NRT tests mirror the GCSE Language exam closely. For this reason, we thoroughly prepare our pupils for them by dedicating a half term to teaching the question types and the best ways to approach them.

Summer Term 2: Heroes

Pupils will begin their GCSE Literature set text studies with the novel Heroes. The focus is on learning the context and the demands of a GCSE course.

Reading: GCSE-style essay analysis.

Post Exams: Oracy – Individual Presentations

All pupils will have spelling and vocabulary tests and complete regular writing and proofreading tasks.


Exams will be set during exam week and will include tasks studied throughout the year.


Ways in which parents can help:

  1. Ensure that pupils prepare for assessments and spelling tests.
  2. Encourage reading of a range of material – novels, non-fiction, magazines and newspapers.
  3. Check though homework in all subjects and help correct errors in general literacy.

Useful websites:

  1. BBC Learning

For up to date information on KS4 and 5 courses, please see the Options Booklets

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