At Oakfield we recognise that English is the key to unlocking not only other areas of the curriculum, but also a world of wonder that lies within the pages of classic literature.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is sequenced to present learners with an increasing level of challenge, as well as furnishing them with the necessary skills for their Key Stage 4 and 5 accreditation pathways, but moreover, to enable them to become engaged and capable members of society. Furthermore, our aim is to promote a lifelong love of reading, writing and the spoken word.
As learners traverse the curriculum, they journey from the familiar, to the mystical, to the fantastical.
In Year 7, learners are introduced to English at Oakfield with a transitional unit which features classic texts about school experiences, allowing learners to discuss writer’s craft and consider the skill of comparison in the commonalities of settings. Next, learners are immersed in the powerful imagery and the boundless freedom of poetry, as they explore a range of thematically linked poems focused on the winter and autumn seasons and the festive occasions within these. They are then transported into the realms of magic and mystery in their dedicated Shakespeare unit, studying either The Tempest or A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As learners progress into the second half of Year 7, they familiarise themselves with a number of styles of non-fiction and transactional writing, through the exploration of persuasive, instructional and biographical and autobiographical texts. Here, they develop technical accuracy and recognise the importance of writing to suit a purpose and audience.
In Year 8, learners voyage into the mystical through their exploration of the novels Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and How to Train Your Dragon, uncover their inner detective or pirate with Hound of the Baskervilles or Treasure Island, in addition to delving into the supernatural and macabre milieu of Macbeth as they discover more of the Shakespearean canon. Building upon their knowledge from Year 7, learners have an opportunity to practice their poetic prowess as they create their own mythical creature poems. To allow learners to enhance their understanding of the non-fiction genre, they also study news texts and persuasive writing in leaflets, further developing the skills that enable them to become confident and effective communicators.
In Year 9, learners encounter otherworldly characters and settings in their contemplation of Gothic horror extracts and the novels Skellig and Holes, as well as the Shakespearean classic Hamlet. To build upon the skills developed in Years 7 and 8, learners continue to explore a wide variety of non-fiction text styles, including film reviews and travel writing, in addition to cultivating speaking and listening skills in a speeches and debates unit.
Additionally, as part of their English curriculum experience, learners have a weekly session during which they access our bespoke Library area, which is stocked with a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as age-appropriate books matching our Unlocking Letters and Sounds phonics programme.
Speaking and Listening
Speaking and Listening, and communication by whichever methods are most appropriate to the needs of the individual learner are encouraged by the school as a whole as literacy is viewed as a whole school responsibility. Learners are taught and encouraged talk and listen confidently in different contexts, exploring and communicating ideas.
The teaching of reading and spelling is based on the use of the Sounds Write programme within Literacy classes and a small group approach is developed to ensure learners are working at the correct level. Our aim is to develop independent readers who enjoy a range of literary and non literary texts and we teach learners to use a range of strategies to develop this outcome.
Learners are taught how to shape and form letters correctly. They are encouraged to communicate through simple words and phrases and are taught grammar and punctuation. Learners are encouraged to write in a range of forms, including descriptive, narrative and nonfiction.
eLibrary website link: https://oakfield.eplatform.co/