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The Cotswold School English Department focuses on offering all learners not only an opportunity to develop practical English skills required for general use and life in the workplace, but also a learning environment which fosters creativity and a genuine passion for the study of both literature and language. Throughout all Key Stages, we address the key skills of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing and are keen to select a variety of different strategies, and a range of different texts, to ensure all pupils receive a dynamic and challenging delivery of the curriculum.

In Years 7 and 8 pupils have the opportunity to study a wide range of texts including Tins , The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Holes to name but a few.  Pupils also have the opportunity to study a wide variety of non-fiction texts including Samuel Pepys’ Diary and examples of Travel Writing as well as learning about writing from other cultures and studying War Poetry. We also offer exciting and challenging lessons to develop Writing skills and Oral skills, often using the work of other writers as stimuli for a task or discussion. In addition, we promote Formative Assessment both in and out of lessons. Encouraging pupils to self assess and peer assess work develops their skill and level awareness in a way that consolidates learning and builds confidence. In Year 9 we have responded creatively to recent educational changes such as the end of the SATs tests and the new GCSE course and are now teaching this as a ‘GCSE Preparation’ year. Students are studying a range of texts such as Blood Brothers and Macbeth and are being prepared for Controlled Assessment which will take place in Years 10 and 11. To view the Key Stage 3 Reading Lists, please click on the links below: KS3 Reading List: Year 7 KS3 Reading List: Year 8 KS3 Reading List: Year 9 In September 2010, The English Department introduced a new GCSE AQA syllabus. This new syllabus ensures our pupils are given the opportunity to study English Literature and English Language and are exposed to a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts such as The Woman in Black, The Tempest, Lord of the Flies and a number of articles and biographical works. We have also introduced controlled assessment for all English coursework and a Shakespeare and English Literary Heritage study. This new GSCE also allows for the development of pupils’ Functional Skills; something The English Department are developing across all Key Stages. Download our GCSE Reading List here

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