Our aim is for students at Fullhurst to develop a love of reading and writing, becoming confident and skilful communicators, with a strong appreciation of the English language. We equip students with the skills they need to realise their ambitions once they leave school, as well as giving them the opportunity to explore new ideas and cultures through the literature that they study.
Students at Fullhurst receive at least four hours of English lessons a week, with some students receiving more lessons in order to improve their English and literacy skills at a faster rate as well as additional lessons in year 11 to prepare students for their final examinations. At Fullhurst all students follow a personalised pathway as we strongly believe that each individual child’s education is personal. In order to further promote high standards in English, students study a broad range of topics in depth throughout the two key stages. There is clear planning for progression, meaning that students are constantly building on skills that they already have as well as acquiring new knowledge as they move through the English curriculum.
Key Stage 3
Our KS3 curriculum has recently been re-designed to include more independent reading. Students have a dedicated ‘reading for pleasure’ lesson once a fortnight. This takes place in the college library and students read a range of authors and genres of texts either as traditional books, or using the college’s Kindles.
A range of activities have also been built into the KS3 curriculum in order to improve students’ command of spelling, punctuation and grammar. Students complete activities designed to help improve the accuracy of their written English to enable them to become more confident and skilful writers.
In KS3 English lessons students will:
- study prose fiction every year, including Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
- study a selection of drama texts, including a Shakespeare play every year.
- study a range of poems, including poems from pre and post 1914 and poetry from other cultures.
- learn to write analytically about literature.
- write creatively, based on the literature they have read.
- read, understand and write their own non-fiction texts.
- learn how to work collaboratively to explore issues they learn about in lessons, sharing ideas with their peers as presentations, drama activities and discussions.
Key Stage 4
Our KS4 curriculum builds directly on the skills acquired in KS3, including reading a range of literature (prose, drama texts and poetry), writing analytically about texts, evaluating the effectiveness of texts and writing creatively, as well as reading, understanding and writing non-fiction texts. All of our students work towards GCSEs in both English Language and English Literature, allowing them to develop their skills as readers and writers. We follow the EdExcel exam specification.
The texts we study are as follows:
- Journey’s End by RC Sheriff
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
- Conflict anthology
We believe that KS4 is the culmination of students’ hard work throughout their school life so we ensure that their progress at this stage is closely monitored. Where necessary, this allows us to put in place extra support and intervention with our dedicated and highly experienced intervention teacher to give students every opportunity to make the required progress and achieve their potential at GCSE.