At Scissett Middle School, the English department aims to encourage children to be thoughtful and critical readers, writers and thinkers.
From Years 6 to 8, students follow carefully constructed programmes of study which allow access to the highest levels of academic achievement, whilst encouraging a love of both language and literature. The key elements of reading, writing, speaking & listening and literary analysis are at the heart of all English lessons.
The department works hard to create a positive learning environment for all students, through imaginative lesson planning and the use of a diverse range of learning activities. The students’ classroom experience is enhanced by extra-curricular groups such as our book, film and creative writing clubs.
Our Key Stage 2 students enjoy a rich diet of high quality, exciting units of work that extend imaginations, instil a love of the subject and prepare our youngsters for SATs tests and beyond.
On arrival into Year 6, pupils are placed into sets based on their reading and writing abilities. This means that pupils’ needs are more specifically catered for in smaller class sizes ranging from around 12 to 24 children per group. Fortunately, we enjoy excellent liaison with our first schools; therefore, we are ideally placed to understand our children’s strengths and areas for development even before they arrive on the first of their transition visits at the end of Year 5.
Pupils in Year 6 have 13 English lessons over a fortnightly period, in addition to a fortnightly drama lesson.
Units of Work Studied by Pupils in Year 6:
Autobiography and BiographyPoetryJournalismClassic and Contemporary FictionArgumentExplanation and InstructionNarrativeFormal Language and Recount
Key Stage 3 EnglishSubject Leader Key Stage 3: Ms E. Cronin |
At Scissett Middle School we aim to ensure that all of our students are GCSE ready by the end of Year 8, by delivering a two-year, diverse, exciting and challenging KS3 curriculum.
In Key Stage Three, all pupils have four lessons of English each week and these focus on encompassing the wide range of skills required for GCSE, whilst blending creativity and rigour. Alongside reading and writing, we frequently embrace the opportunity to develop speaking and listening skills, such as whole class debating and we ensure that our students are career-literate in English: a newly introduced journalism project teaches students about how news is reported and students then enjoy the buzz of becoming teams of editors themselves, reporting on current local/school news.
Units of Work Studied by Pupils in Year 7:
Creative writingNon-fictionContemporary novel: ‘Holes’ by Louis SacharPoetry (by poets such as Oscar Wilde, Seamus Heaney, Sophie Hannah and Lemn Sissay)Gothic HorrorShort stories
Units of Work Studied by Pupils in Year 8:
reative writingContemporary novel: ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John SteinbeckConflict poetryPost 1914 play: ‘Journey’s End’ by R.C. Sherriff
The Book and Biscuit Club is run by Mrs. Hull. Members meet every Wednesday in room 13, at 12.15pm, to explore new works of fiction and discuss character, plot and themes.
The Real Cinema Club is run by Mrs. Hull, in room 13, on Fridays at 12.15pm.
The Creative Writing Club is run by Ms. Cronin, in room 3, each Friday at 12.15pm.
All years receive 3 weekly homework tasks, which consist of vocabulary and spelling. Year 6 also have a weekly reading homework task to complete.
KS3 Reading List
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Click here to access Accelerated Reader.
Learning Resource Centre
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Advice for Parents/Carers: How you can help in English
Along with engaging in meaningful conversations, reading is probably the most effective way to help your child to progress - not just in English, but in different subjects too, as it underpins so many other skills. The new Accelerated Reading system is excellent in helping pupils to progress independently and offers specific information and ways to improve. Encourage your child to really engage with their book and understand the meanings the author is trying to convey. If possible, try to read with your child and ask questions, such as:
Where/when is the book set?How do you know this?Who is telling the story?What problems are faced by the characters?Can you compare this to real life/another story?Can you say why the author chose that word?What do you think the character is thinking at the moment?What makes you say this?What would you do in that situation?Why?Can you say what might happen next?What made you think this?Do you like this book?Why/why not?Do you think the ending was effective?Why/why not?How might you have changed it?What is your opinion on…?What makes you think this?What might the main character have thought about/done in this situation?Why?
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