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There can be no more important subject than English in the school curriculum… - Ofsted website

Our Curriculum

At The Market Bosworth School, English is the heart of our curriculum.  It is a vital core subject which underpins learning in other subject areas and enables students to be successful in the world of academia and in the world of work.

At Key Stage 3, all students have six English lessons across their two week timetable.  Currently, students are taught in mixed ability tutor groups in Year 7 and are placed in ability based groups in Years 8 and 9.  Students have 9 English lessons per fortnight at Key Stage 4 and are taught in ability based groups.

Our course follows the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Key Stage 3 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Eduqas is our exam board for both Language and Literature at Key Stage 4.  Schemes of learning encourage our students to become confident, independent learners through a wide range of individual, paired and group activities.  In each year at Key Stage 3, students will study a novel, read short stories, enjoy a wealth of poetry, explore a range of non-fiction and delve into the world of Shakespeare.  We study 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Blood Brothers', 'A Christmas Carol' and a wide range of poetry at Key Stage 4 in preparation for students' literature exam, as well as a variety of fiction and non-fiction extracts to prepare students for their language exam.  We aim to build communication skills and confidence through a variety of spoken language activities including: paired, individual and group presentations, debate, speeches, role play, discussion and dramatic performances.  All students will write in a variety of styles throughout both key stages, including descriptively, informatively, persuasively and creatively.  This will include writing: articles, reports, letters, diaries, essays, narratives and speeches.  Grammar, punctuation and spelling are embedded throughout the key stages.

Staffing and Resources

English is taught by an experienced, committed and dynamic team of specialists who actively promote not only success in, but also enjoyment of, the subject.  As part of our continued professional development we participate in courses and exam board training at both county and national level to ensure we are up to date with the most recent innovations, good practice and curriculum developments, which are then cascaded across the department.

Located in the midst of our department is our fantastic library and resource centre, equipped with approximately 10,000 books – ensuring students always have something to read! We work closely with Leicestershire Creative Learning Services and with our excellent, experienced librarians to regularly review and replenish our books.  All of our department are, of course, avid readers who enjoy reading widely to enable us to recommend books to our students. It is one of our priorities, and a government initiative, to encourage young people to read for pleasure and we believe our wealth of reading material, our enthusiasm and love of reading enable us to do this.

Reading for pleasure is the fuel for everything… - Danny Boyle (Film Director and Producer. Director of the London Olympics 2012 Opening ceremony)

Enrichment Activities

Enrichment activities that we endeavour to offer include:  trips to the theatre, touring theatre performances, author visits and book talking (organised in conjunction with our librarians), competitions and creating writing workshops.

We strive to enable all students to achieve their full potential in an exciting, diverse and vital subject.  Above all, we hope that students will be enthusiastic about, and enjoy, their English studies.