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English

Faculty Leader: Mrs K. Andrews

At Friars we enjoy communicating in a variety of ways, developing skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing so that we can participate in employment and society.

Modern texts, ‘e’ books, DVD’s, and further interactive resources such as Nessy Learning and a guided reading programme to help develop reading and spelling skills, are used throughout the school to enhance the curriculum, help with research and motivate pupils whilst raising levels of literacy. These resources support students to develop skills for life in a fun, practical and kinaesthetic way.

At KS4 students focus on building functional literacy skills that will prepare them for post 16 and beyond.

There are regular in school literacy competitions and incentives to learn such as reading awards and a regular county wide poetry competition. Students also have daily access to library clubs to enthuse a school wide love of reading. Interventions such as Kinetic letters and Dyslexia programmes are also used to support targeted students.

Our programmes of study are:


Key Stage 3 Topics

Year 7

Instructional texts, stories with familiar/traditional settings, information texts and media, poetry and extended stories. Students have the opportunity to take part in class based drama to enhance their studies, have weekly spelling tests and access to Nessy Learning and a guided reading programme to help develop reading and spelling skills.


Year 8

Stories set in fantasy/imaginary worlds, instruction texts, stories from different cultures, poetry –forms and techniques and stories by significant authors. Students have the opportunity to take part in class based drama to enhance their studies, have weekly spelling tests and access to Nessy Learning and a guided reading programme to help develop reading and spelling skills


Year 9

Fiction genres, Media-newspapers and magazines, dialogue and plays, poetry and stories with historical settings. Students have the opportunity to take part in class based drama to enhance their studies, have weekly spelling tests and access to Nessy Learning and a guided reading programme to help develop reading and spelling skills.


Key Stage 4

Pupils study Macbeth, media and persuasive texts, poetry, contemporary novels, functional skills in form filling and CV writing, film analysis and plays.

At Key stage 4 students have the opportunity to work towards the Entry Level qualification and accreditations from the Unit Award Scheme.


Students in SLD classes within KS3 follow a creative themed curriculum, which develops their English, Maths and Science around a termly topic. Students in SLD KS4 classes follow a more functional literacy curriculum, which develops their functional literacy skills in order to prepare them for the future.