English lessons cover all the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Over the past three academic years, English results have consistently risen. In June 2011, 48% of students achieved A*-C grades. In June 2012, that number rose to 56%. Last june 67% of students attained a grade of A*-C and the current Year 11 cohort are on target to improve further still!
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, we focus on basic skills, exploring how language works and encouraging students to experiment with different styles and techniques. We study a range of literary texts – both modern and classic – and aim to introduce students to the methods used by writers.
Key Stage 3 aims:
Key Stage 4
At KS4, students follow a rigorous two year programme of study which results in the attainment of two IGCSEs awarded by Cambridge. English Language and English Literature.
Students are given opportunities to study Prose, Poetry, Creative Writing, Essay Writing, Shakespeare, Non-Fiction Writing, Comprehension and Speaking and Listening skills. All lessons are designed to teach essential skills which aid not only in the achievement of IGCSE grades, but also in the enjoyment of the English language.
Students are encouraged to read widely, both in school and out, and write texts for both fun and study.
Key Stage 5
At KS5, students study the AQA English Language and Literature A Specification which places emphasis on the way in which language is used in every day life, as well as the ways in which it is manipulated for meaning. The subtle nuances of English are thoroughly explored through the study of prose, poetry and dramatic text.
Students are encouraged to discover meaning hidden within the layers of text, comment upon it and then create their own versions in which they themselves layer meaning through the effective use of imagery and rhetoric.
The course develops students' passion for reading and writing, but also helps to ensure language is being used effectively every day.
At Maltings Academy we regularly organise visits from authors, poets and drama companies. We have built good relationships with these visitors and use these opportunities to enhance the learning of our students. Students thrive on these enriching experiences and it enables them to develop their skills and creativity, which benefits them in English and across the curriculum.