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At KS3, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 within our core provision, receive three 60 minute lessons of English a week with a qualified English teacher, plus some may be offered additional 1:1 sessions to improve basic literacy skills with a trained SpLd teacher.

The KS3 course is based on the new English National Curriculum and is delivered over three terms in mixed year groups with two topics being covered each term.

Lessons are planned around the individual child, designed to address any gaps students may have had in their English education and to help to prepare students for their return to a mainstream setting.

Year Plan English KS3 2017/18

Autumn Term

Gothic Genre

Pre 19th century

Spring Term 

Modern Prose


Summer Term


Nonfiction texts


At KS4, students within our core provision, receive two 60 minute lessons of English a week with a qualified English teacher, plus some may be offered additional 1:1 sessions to improve basic literacy skills with a trained SpLd teacher.

The KS4 courses are based on the national qualifications New Edexcel GCSE English Language (Level 1 and 2) 1-9 and/ or AQA Functional Skills Level 1 and 2.

Year Plan English GCSE KS4 2017/18

Year 10

Autumn Term

Reading, understanding and producing nonfiction and media texts

Covering: -

Journalism, newspapers and news reports; magazine articles, argumentative and discursive texts and webpages; advertising and persuasive texts; pamphlets and leaflets.

December GCSE mock written paper.

Spoken language assessment- debating / discussion skills.

Spring Term

Reading, understanding and responding to modern post 1914 prose.

Martyn Pig/Lord of the Flies/ The Woman in Black/prose set at the ability level of the individual students.

Spoken language assessment- individual extended contribution/presentation with questions (GCSE mock)

Summer Term

Modern post 1914 play

Our Day Out/ Blood Brothers/ An Inspector Calls.

Writing Skills

Writing to describe, persuade, explain and narrate.

Spoken language assessment- drama activity.

Year 11

Autumn Term

Reading, understanding, comparison and producing non-fiction and literary non- fiction /media texts and transactional writing

Covering: - reportage; articles; webpages; autobiographical writing; travel writing; transactional writing.

Spoken language assessment- individual extended contribution/presentation (filmed).

Spring Term

Reading and responding to 19th Century fictional prose- extended/short stories/extracts

A Christmas Carol / Jekyll and Hyde / Treasure Island / Frankenstein and Short Stories.

Spoken language assessment- drama activity.

Summer Term

Writing Skills

Producing imaginative and creative writing.

Spoken language assessment (last opportunity) - individual extended presentation filmed.

May-June- Exam Prep

Practice past papers, revision activities, exam tips.

Course: AQA Functional Skills English

Levels: Level 1 and 2

Brief outline of course:

Functional English provides students with the essential knowledge, skill and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and at work. Speaking and Listening forms a significant part of the course.

Functional Skills Assessment:

Reading and Writing are assessed in two forty-five minute exams; Speaking & Listening is recorded.


Read and understand the purpose and content of straightforward texts that explain, inform and recount information.

  • understand the main points of texts;
  • obtain specific information through detailed reading;
  • use organisational features to locate information;
  • read and understand texts in different formats using strategies/techniques appropriate to the task.



  • plan, draft and organise writing;
  • write texts with some adaptation to the intended audience
  • sequence writing logically and clearly;
  • use basic grammar, including appropriate verb-tense, subject verb agreement;
  • check work for accuracy, including spelling.

    Speaking, Listening and Communication

    Respond appropriately to others and make some extended contributions in familiar formal and informal discussions and exchanges

  • follow the main points of discussions;
  • use techniques to clarify and confirm understanding;
  • give own point of view and respond appropriately to others’ point of view;
  • use appropriate language in formal discussions/exchanges;
  • make relevant contributions, allowing for and responding to others’ input.

    Year Plan English Functional Skills KS4 2017/18

    Autumn Term

    Skills for life:-


  • posters and notices;
  • advertising and persuasive techniques;
  • articles and reports;
  • reading to obtain information;
  • presentational devices;
  • reading a variety of non-fiction and media texts- leaflets, webpages etc.


  • prepare information;
  • purpose and audience;
  • producing non-fiction texts-articles, posters, leaflets;
  • review writing.

Spoken language assessment: - discussion skills.

Spring Term

Skills for life:-


  • letters- informal/formal;
  • reading for adult life;
  • reading advice;
  • forms and applications;
  • documents- obtaining information.


  • personal statement;
  • formal language;
  • CV;
  • filling forms and applications;
  • letter to support job applications;
  • letter of complaint.

Spoken language assessment: - Speaking and listening skills for interviews and everyday situations; showing a visitor around centre.

Summer Term

Applying Skills for life:-


  • reading variety of non-fiction and media texts;
  • planning trips/ events; instructions and explanations.


  • application forms;
  • writing to explain and instruct;
  • revise letter writing;
  • writing in the workplace- e mails, reports;