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 English at Longfield


Welcome to the Faculty of English and Literacy at Longfield!

We recognise English as a vital way of enabling you to communicate in your school life, working life and globally through new communication technologies. 

Literature in English reflects the experience of people from many cultures and times. In studying English you will develop skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing that will help you to express yourselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively.

You will read stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts such as magazines and films. You will also be given the opportunity to create your own texts and communicate in different situations and environments.  In English at Longfield you’ll learn how to become independent thinkers and confident communicators.
Course Description
In years 7, 8 and 9 students’ abilities are
assessed and progress measured through an integrated programme of speaking and listening, reading and writing; in year 9, pupils develop  GCSE skills so that the transition to KS4 is as smooth as possible. In KS4, all pupils complete the IGCSE English course and a GCSE English Literature course.

 English at Longfield at KS 4

KS4 pupils at Longfield follow the Cambridge IGCSE English specification and are entered for the exam in this qualification at the point in KS4 most appropriate to them as individuals. In Y11, pupils follow the Edexcel GCSE English Literature specification. In both years, pupils use their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills, alongside studying a wide variety of non-fiction texts and literary works such as Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ 

Pupils are assessed through a combination of coursework controlled tests and external examinations.

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 English at Longfield at KS 3

Over Key Stage 3, pupils follow a continuous course covering the Government’s  ‘new’ KS3 Curriculum. A wide range of text types and genres, old and new, are explored as pupils develop their written and verbal communication skills. The curriculum has been mapped out carefully to ensure pupils are supported and challenged to maximise their progress over KS3. 

Pupils are assessed formatively throughout each unit, in order to ensure that they are progressing. Summative assessments are carried out for reading and writing on a half-termly basis  and for speaking and listening, termly. Assessments also help the faculty to tailor teaching to the needs of classes and individual pupils.

Pupils are given feedback on their assessments so they are aware of the steps they need to take in order to improve.  Teachers work closely with pupils in order to enable them to progress to the next level.

In year 9, pupils  learn through a range of tasks designed to help them to prepare for their GCSE English course; the year 9 curriculum has been specifically designed to help pupils develop the skills needed in KS4.