“English students at The Kibworth School are free to express themselves, free to explore new ideas and free to be creative. Led by their curiosity, they are avid, critical readers, imaginative and coherent writers and eloquent, emotive speakers. They are thoughtful in their responses to social issues and they approach literature from across the world in an open-minded, judicious and perceptive way.”
Key Stage Three:
English challenges students to be imaginative, analytical and thoughtful. The key stage three curriculum is designed to inspire students to be creative and inquisitive, whilst equipping them with life-long reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. These are taught through varied and challenging texts which encourage an appreciation of literature from a variety of angles. Each text provokes intellectual debates about social, moral, spiritual, cultural and emotional issues, allowing students to develop and question these areas of their own character in a safe environment.
Years 7 and 8 study texts chronologically to understand the progression of the English language. They begin with the Medieval text Beowulf before reading Chaucer, Shakespeare, poetry by Romantic, Victorian and modern poets; and nineteenth/early twentieth century novels. Initially, the focus is on understanding and responding to these complex texts, but students will advance to analysing linguistic and structural choices made by a writer. Students also explore the context surrounding texts so that they can respond in an increasingly critical way to the themes and ideas.
Using their literary study as a foundation, students are taught to write original and coherent pieces for different audiences and purposes, including to describe, narrate, persuade, argue and advise. They have regular opportunities to improve their spelling, punctuation and grammar and time is dedicated to strengthening their creative and academic vocabulary.
Key Stage Four:
The GCSE English course is split into two qualifications: English Language and English Literature. Our students follow the AQA exam board’s specification. Students complete the majority of their Literature study in year 10 so that their focus in year 11 can be on applying their knowledge of the texts to the exam questions. Pupils also study their English Language GSCE components in year 10 before refining their skills for this GCSE in year 11.
GCSE English Language:
Spoken Language Non-Exam Assessment:
GCSE English Literature:
Paper 1: Macbeth, by William Shakespeare and A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.
Paper 2: An Inspector Calls, by J. B. Priestley and an anthology of poetry about power and conflict.