King Edward VI High School English Department is proud of the outstanding contribution it continues to offer the school as a whole. From poetry to blogging, travel writing to Shakespeare, we cover it all. We offer a variety of extra-curricular activities throughout the year such as performances from theatre companies, poetry competitions, such as Young Writers and an annual Readathon takes place. The Readathon is a sponsored read, encouraging students to raise money for young people with serious illnesses and helping us buy new school books! The department has two fully equipped ICT suites to enhance the learning experience on a regular basis.
Key Stage 3
The Key Stage 3 English curriculum at King Edward VI is mapped against the assessment objectives for GCSE to ensure our students access a range of texts from different historical periods and genres. From Year 7 to Year 9, students have five English lessons a week with one lesson a week focusing on reading skills, where students can enjoy a book of their own or discuss ideas raised by a class novel. Time within English lessons is specifically dedicated to developing students’ knowledge and understanding of basic skills such as grammar, spelling and punctuation. In Year 9, students begin studying the GCSE literature set texts. Some Year 9 students also follow the ‘Literacy Leaders’ course, gaining a qualification in helping others with their literacy skills. Throughout their time in Key Stage 3 students have the opportunity to get involved in Readathon, writing competitions and enjoy events celebrating key times in the literary calendar. Last year, ‘World Book Day’ was a great success and both staff and students dressed up as their favourite book character.
At King Edward VI High School, students study for two separate qualifications: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Students are encouraged to develop their skills and their enthusiasm for the subject through a range of activities and undertake tasks covering the three main strands of the English curriculum: reading, writing and spoken language. As part of the English Language GCSE, students study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts in order to develop their reading analysis skills, as well as producing a range of descriptive and narrative writing tasks in preparation for terminal exams. For the Literature GCSE, students will have the opportunity to study a play by Shakespeare, a nineteenth-century novel, modern prose and drama texts, and a range of poetry from different eras, once again in preparation for terminal examinations.
Exam board information
English Literature and English Language is offered at A Level, based at King Edward VI High School, and are always popular choices of course with excellent results.
The accelerated reader programme was launched across the school in 2016 as part of the whole school initiative to encourage reading for pleasure and to improve the reading ages of our students. Students are able to choose books, from a variety of genres and authors, which are tailored to their reading age. One English lesson a week is dedicated to reading and intervention where students access a range of differentiated tasks to target key skills.