Key Stage 3
In Years 7 & 8 students build a foundation to develop skills learnt at KS2 in reading, writing and spoken English. Students study a range of different texts and writing styles as well as being given the opportunity to develop outside the classroom through extra-curricular activities. At the end of the KS3 programme of study we take all of year 8 out of the academy on a trip to provide a real-life stimulus for their own piece of travel writing.
Alongside the KS3 programme of study, students are able to develop reading skills by spending 15 minutes every lesson reading a book of their choice. The Petchey Academy has also recently also started working with the popular and successful Let’s Think in English programme.Students spend one lesson every two weeks developing critical thinking skills through a range of different texts with thought-provoking questions to develop discussion, deeper thinking and learning relationships. Students are also given the opportunity to develop Spoken English skills in an in-house Speak Out Challenge carried out across year groups.
Key Stage 4
In Year 9, 10 and 11 all students will study for two GCSEs in ‘English’; these are GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. We offer a stimulating and engaging learning experience, which is designed to suit everyone, allowing students of all abilities to succeed. The English Literature and English Language GCSEs are designed to work together, giving students the opportunity to develop a wider range of knowledge and skills.
Key Stage 5
The Petchey Academy English Subject Area is an innovative and exciting area. We strive to teach a mixture of traditional and modern texts in a variety of exciting ways. Students study a range of novels, poetry, lyrics, formal reports, broadsheet news articles, Shakespeare, film production, advertising and creative writing to name a few!
In Years 12 & 13 students can study either A Level English Language or Pre-U English Literature.