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What will be studied

Links St Albans follows the English National Curriculum as a guide for all schemes of work. In each year, there are 6 modules that are studied ranging from Shakespeare, modern novels and poetry to plays, speeches and media. There are also opportunities to take part in class debates and individual speeches.

Learning Methods

There are a multitude of bespoke approaches used depending on the students and their preferred style(s) of learning. Media and film is used to support the study of texts. Students are equipped with skills that they can build in and develop so they are equipped to deal with more challenging tasks as the year progresses.

Students work in groups and independently; some lessons will be teacher led whilst others may be student led. The aim of the lessons is to foster genuine enjoyment as well as enabling the student to become competent in basic skills of reading, writing and speaking.

Expectations of Students

All students are expected to work to their potential; this is monitored through half termly assessment.

Students are expected to actively participate in lessons and complete prep for learning at home. We have a well stocked library and students are warmly encouraged to borrow from the library and read for pleasure. It is hoped that students will enjoy their lessons and attend with enthusiasm and determination to improve.

How is the course assessed

At the end of each unit there is an opportunity for the student to showcase their abilities through an extended piece of writing, a project or a speech. These are assessed against our mark schemes and bespoke, detailed feedback is provided for each student. Areas of strength and weakness can then be identified and targets can be set. These targets ensure that each student can be supported independently to help them make positive steps forward.

What websites are recommended

Top 100 reads – Penguin books –
Key Stage 3 National Curriculum –

Useful websites linked to each unit will be provided by the English teacher as required.

What equipment is needed

All material is provided by the English Department.

Career Paths/Next Steps

Once Key Stage 3 is completed, students will move on to GCSE English Language AQA board.