English

Key Stage 3

In this Key Stage, pupils both consolidate and work to improve their writing, reading and speaking and listening skills. All pupils have specific targets to improve these elements of their English skills and they work towards achieving these in lessons. This ensures that pupils follow their own path in the subject, suited to their specific needs.

 

Pupils are also given a whole school literacy target, which they will try to achieve in lessons around the school when possible. This gives them more opportunities to improve their literacy skills and helps them to more successfully progress in the subject.

 

In lessons, the pupils will study literature. This will be used as a springboard for writing and speaking and listening tasks, in which pupils will work to learn new skills and consolidate existing ones.

 

There will also be theme lessons for pupils. These lessons follow a theme, for example myths and legends, horror or winter. Pupils will study these themes, but also study and practice an element or elements of literacy through these themes. These elements include different types of writing, specific reading skills or aspects of English language.

Pupils in Key Stage 3 will also do Reading Stars lessons. In these, pupils work on their reading. They read a variety of different types of texts and complete tasks related to the texts that help them to improve their overall reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Pupils are awarded stars for their work as they work towards achieving reading certificates.

Key Stage 4

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.

Functional Skills

These qualifications in English focus on literacy skills that will be useful for life beyond the classroom. Students will be prepared for these exams through the KS4 English lessons. They will study at the Functional Skills level suited to their ability. This ranges from Entry Level 1 to Level 2. Pupils sit exams at each level for reading, writing and speaking and listening.

Useful Links
Open Awards
WJEC
Spelling Games

Reading Schemes

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.

Wellington Square Oxford Reading Tree
 Words First  Shades 2.0
 Stile  On the Edge
Fast Lane  Project X

Recommended Reading Websites Online

 

 

 

Liverpool Libraries

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://liverpool.gov.uk/libraries/find-a-library/central-library/

Click on the link below to join Liverpool libraries. You can go to a local library in the traditional way, or you can access some resources on the web. There are ebooks that you can download for free and these are a great resource to encourage pupils to read at home.
International Children’s Digital Library  

 

http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

An online children’s library providing free access to literature from around the world.
Read.gov (Library of Congress)  

http://www.read.gov/

The world’s largest library with a huge digital collection.
 

Myths + Legends

E2BN

 

 

http://myths.e2bn.org/

A great selection of illustrated mythical stories from around the world.
 

 

 

 

Oxford Owl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

Oxford University Press created this site to support children’s learning through books and stories. It is also meant for parents who want a one-stop resource for children’s books and other reading activities. But first, head to the Library where you will find more than 150 ebooks to support your child’s reading.

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

* Whole School Literacy Targets

* Whole School approach to marking writing

* Whole School approach to reading with pupils

English Website Links

Description: Websites:
Starfall: 

A website that helps pupils to develop their reading skills.

http://www.starfall.com
Story Maker:

A website where pupils can create their own story by writing and designing animated pictures to go with the words. Great fun!

http://www.carnegielibrary.org/storymaker/embed.cfm
BBC Bitesize English

 Key Stage 2:

This covers a wide range of English skills.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zv48q6f
BBC Bitesize English

 Key Stage 3:

This covers a wide range of English skills.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/english/
Myths And Legends:

E2BN

A great selection of stories from around the world.

http://myths.e2bn.org/
Myths And Legends:

E2BN

A great selection of stories from around the world.

http://myths.e2bn.org/
Topmarks:

A website where you can easily search for and find the best websites for a wide variety of subjects.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/
Topmarks: English Games

The same website as the above, but this link takes you straight to the English games section.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds
BBC Bitesize:

GCSE English Language Revision

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zpxh82p

 

Click on the link below to join Liverpool libraries. You can go to a local library in the traditional way, or you can access some resources on the web. There are ebooks that you can download for free and these are a great resource to encourage pupils to read at home. Library. 

Link to information on strategies for reading with pupils

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