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St John's C of E Middle School Academy

English - Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 English we encourage pupils to make sense of experiences; communicating them in speech and in the written word. We inspire them to read fluently to acquire and understand knowledge; building on what they already know as well as reading for pleasure. The ‘POD’ (our school library) is open to all pupils daily and regular book fairs are held at the school.

We promote high standards of language, taught through a series of modules, ensuring that work is enjoyable and accessible to all abilities. The English team works closely with The S.E.N department to ensure all pupils can succeed. In lessons pupils read, write, act and interact to develop and enhance skills taught in KS2 as well as learning how language can be used ‘in the real world’. Spelling, punctuation and grammar skills are consolidated and built upon. Classes are set in ability groups to ensure that we can meet the needs of all pupils. Some of our Gifted and Talented pupils are given the opportunity to attend a workshop at the High School at the end of Year 8.

Our Aim

Our aim is to prepare pupils for the next stage in their academic career;

  • Making certain that they can write clearly, accurately and coherently for the right purpose and audience.
  • They are competent in speaking and listening during class discussions, debates and formal presentations.
  • They read with understanding to inform and for enjoyment.

Cross curricular opportunities in Music, I.C.T, Art and the humanities are made to further pupils learning. Extracurricular activities include Drama Club, London and Malvern Theatre visits, Theatre visits to school and The Middle School Poetry Slam.