Key Stage 3 Curriculum Content
Knowledge is at the heart of English. At Forge Valley we believe that English is the foundation of all other subjects. It is essential for increasing the life chances of our pupils and for opening a world to them that reaches far beyond their experiences. English also equips pupils to confidently challenge viewpoints and empowers them to express themselves succinctly.
Everyone will explore the best that has ever been thought and written, and we will be encouraged to empathise with the lives of people past and present and allow us to embark on a journey of self-discovery. Studying English will provide pupils with the opportunity to broaden their cultural capital and develop their creative and critical thinking skills.
Teachers will model the processes of thinking, writing, analysing and reading in order to inspire pupils to become successful, responsible and resilient learners.
All pupils have been given an English mastery booklet covering the work they have studied in class so far this half-term. The purpose of this is to allow pupils the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge at home. Pupils are expected to do as much as they can from the booklet.
All pupils will have an end of unit quiz in the final week of half-term which will be based on the contents of the mastery booklet. We wish to emphasise that this is a low-stakes quiz. We will use the information as a diagnostic tool to inform teachers of any knowledge gaps which may need to be addressed.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Content
At the start of Year 10 students will begin their AQA GCSE course in both English Language and English Literature, giving the opportunity to gain two qualifications. The course runs for two years with final examinations at the end of Year 11.
Students will study fantastic contemporary writers and texts along with examples taken from the literary heritage. Authors studied are well varied and exciting from William Shakespeare to Arthur Conan Doyle and Dennis Kelly.