Currently, at Key Stage 3, students follow a broad and balanced curriculum where there is an onus on the importance of both reading and writing. Running alongside these two strands, the Units of Learning also stress good speaking and communication skills in English; students are given many opportunities to do this individually or as part of a group.
Years 7 have one lesson per week that is dedicated to Accelerated Reading and Literacy skills. All Key Stage 3 students are equipped with an extensive Literacy homework pack and Literacy exercise book; which are expected to be on desks throughout the rest of the week so that they can refer to them when doing usual English lessons.
Year 8 and 9 also have weekly dedicated Literacy time given to them within the English curriculum, this is supported by the additional weekly Literacy homework task that is then built upon in their Literacy lesson.
Year 9 has been strengthened in order to match the needs and demands of the new GCSE Specification. Year 9 will be marked according to new GCSE criteria throughout the year, giving them confidence with new GCSE key terminology and grading 1-9.
Across Key Stage 3 there are a number of opportunities per half term to assess a student’s ability in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will be offered clear targets to aim for and improve upon from their classroom teachers; while also being confident in self-assessing and reflecting on their own work.
There is a year group overview below. All students have a copy of their particular year group plan in their exercise books and will be completing the assessments as per the focus stated for that half term. All assessments will be completed in an ‘Assessment Book’. This will go with them on their journey with us at The Skipton Academy as they progress through the years.