English KS4


In KS4 our English team consists of 4 full time teachers plus specialist support staff in each session.  The pupils have 8 sessions of English per week.  In addition to this there is an allocated English session at the start and end of every day, this focuses on sounds, blending and reading.

Achievement and Progress

Students enter KS4 with an assessment profile that defines their KS4 pathway.   Student progress continues to be closely monitored throughout the school year to ensure that targets are met and interventions can be introduced as required.

Curriculum Overview

Within KS4 students are offered external accreditation at both Entry Level and Functional Skill.  Further accreditation e.g. GCSE may be offered if applicable.  The schemes of work have been designed to encompass the three strands of reading, writing and speaking and listening in line with the new National Curriculum requirements.  Sessions are carefully planned to support and extend as required with differentiation being a key factor to success. 

We have introduced the Accelerated Reader programme which is designed to encourage independent reading and enjoyment of books.  This programme helps to develop a wider range of vocabulary choices and understanding of texts read.  Our library is continually updated with new and exciting age appropriate reading books.


Homework is not formally set but students are expected to read on a regular basis. Spelling homework may be sent home as a supplementary activitiy plus occasional research activities.

Overview of the teaching programme

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

Entry Level

  • Formal letter writing
  • Imaginative writing
  • Speaking and Listening activities
  • Reading comprehension

Functional Skills

  • Speaking and Listening Activities (informal task)
  • Reading comprehension
  • Formal writing tasks e.g.
    • email
    • letters
    • reviews

Entry Level

  • Role play
  • Discussion
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking and Listening Group Task

Functional Skills

  • Speaking and Listening (formal task)
  • Reading comprehension
  • Informal writing task e.g.
    • emails
    • letters
    • diary entries

Exam preparation

Reading, writing and speaking and listening activities to further prepare pupils for next step in their education.