Key Stage 4
In Key stage 4 students prepare to take examinations in English and Functional Skills English. There is a focus on non fiction formats such as reports, letters and diary writing. However the pupils will continue to follow the National Curriculum and will therefore also study literature, including classic texts like Jane Eyre and Shakespeare. Students in KS4 follow an exam course according to their ability. We offer WJEC Entry Level English, Open Awards Entry Level 1 English, Open Awards Entry Level 2 English and Open Awards English. GCSE English can also be offered to students deemed capable of success at this level.
These qualifications focus on communication skills that will be useful for life beyond the classroom. Students sit short exams/ tests at the correct level in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Grades range from Entry level 1 to Level 1.
Pupils will follow different reading schemes depending on their ability. At BVHS we use the following schemes and have recently been lucky enough to update and supplement our current schemes.
|Oxford Reading Tree
| Words First
| Shades 2.0
|| On the Edge
| Project X
Literacy across the Curriculum
At Bank View we believe all staff have a responsibility for promoting literacy in their subject area. We have a number of strategies for promoting this:
- Subject specific word lists
- Word of the week in each subject
- All students have IEP targets shared with all staff
- Dedicated Literacy weeks
- Whole school approach to non fiction formats