English in Key Stage 3 builds upon and develops the skills and knowledge students have learnt at Key Stage 2 and follows broadly the national curriculum.

At Key Stage 3 students are taught the key elements of the subject (speaking and listening, reading and writing) through a wide variety of sources. Students are encouraged to explore English via creative work, projects and formal writing. Through speaking and listening students are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and to evaluate the contribution of others. A wide range of text is used to support learning and extend knowledge and understanding, and to foster the discussion of social, cultural moral and historical contexts and issues.

For students working below their age appropriate levels, additional support is provided, focusing on phonics and progression in small steps. This may take place within lesson or during withdrawal sessions.

At Key Stage 4, from 2015, Rosewood follows the AQA accredited GCSEs in English Language (8700) and English Literature (8702). This covers all of the Assessment Objectives from KS3 with a requirement to sit 4 terminal exams at the end of Y11.


In Key Stage three, pupils are encouraged to read a variety of material, for both study in the classroom and for pleasure. This includes books by Roald Dahl and Michael Morpurgo. They also read poetry and novels from both English writers and by writers from other cultures.


In Key Stage three, pupils are given plenty of opportunity to improve on their writing skills to enable them to access the whole curriculum. They write stories, poetry and functional literacy such as letters.

Speaking and Listening

In Key Stage three, pupils are encouraged to take part in speaking and listening activities not only in English lessons, but through a speech and language programme that is currently being accessed by year 7. They take part in role play, discussions, debates and interviews.

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