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Our hope as a department is that all pupils leave The Polygon School with the core skills require to read and write and have some exam success and achieved at least one English qualification during their education with us.  At both KS3 and KS4 student will cover the three strands that make up the English curriculum: Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. We aim to provide an academic, but rounded education that gives every pupil the opportunity to succeed. 

With small classes and a personalised teaching approach we provide an English curriculum to try and meet the needs of all our pupils, closing gaps in missed education where required. We do not shy away from tests and examinations and we encourage are students to start preparing for their GCSEs from year 8 where they are entered for the AQA Step Up to English Entry Level qualification.

At Key Stage 3, pupils study a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction in line with national curriculum requirements. They will learn to develop their own ideas and opinions about texts and how to comment on the language choices made by authors. As well as texts from different cultures, they will also study texts from the English Literary Heritage, including work by Shakespeare and contemporary fiction.

Throughout, pupils will begin to develop a wide range of vocabulary, elevate their ability to organise and structure sentences grammatically and whole texts coherently, and improve essential presentation skills that include accurate punctuation and correct spelling. Through individual reading and writing, students will appreciate the importance of audience and purpose and how to adapt and vary their writing in different situations.

At Key Stage 4, English language is a core subject and pupils will follow the syllabus for Edexcel iGCSE English Language. The iGCSE is assessed through two exams:

  1. Paper 1 - Non Fictions Texts and Transactional Writing.
  2. Paper 2 – Poetry and Prose Texts and Imaginative Writing.

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • Read a wide range of texts fluently and with good understanding.
  • Read critically and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing.
  • Write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately.
  • Use grammar correctly, punctuates and spells accurately.
  • Acquire and apply a wide vocabulary alongside knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.

Additional qualifications we offer in English:

  • AQA Step up to English Entry Level 1, 2&3.
  • AQA Functional Skills English Level 1&2.

A wide range of extra-curricular activities and projects for pupils in all years are coordinated including after school English club, creative writing club, spoken word artists performances, poet workshops, and trips to develop creativity and theatre trips.