Key Stage Three:

  • Are you challenging yourself with your reading choices?
  • Do you use the library to search for books, poems and/ or plays by the writer that you are studying?
  • Do you read a broadsheet newspaper or listen to the news? Both of these activities will enable you to extend your vocabulary and will prepare you for GCSE
  • Do you contribute to whole class discussions? To excel you need to be able to formulate questions, respond to and build on the ideas of others
  • Do you complete 'TIF' tasks that ask you to analyse, synthesise or evaluate? These will help you to develop the writing skills required at GCSE and A Level
  • Do you use the ‘Green Pen Checklist’ to proof read and correct your work?
  • Do you always proof read carefully? Do you always submit your best work?
  • Do you take regular quizzes for Accelerated Reader?
  • Have you read the books on the recommended reading list?
  • The English Department are enthusiastic about getting everyone reading and writing. Have you thought about joining 'Sparks' creative writing clubs, the Year 9 Creative Writing club or the KS3 Reading Club?

Key Stage Four:

  • Do you read a wide range of different text types?
  • Do you proof read your written work? Coursework tasks and examinations questions require a high level of accuracy
  • Do you plan?
  • Do you know how to extend and develop your analysis, using PETAL?
  • Do you complete past paper questions on google classroom.
  • Do you refer back to model responses discussed in class?
  • Do you interrogate the mark scheme so that you know exactly what you need to show?
  • Do you record and learn new terminology?
  • Do you wait to be told to make notes, read another chapter or complete another past paper question? Independent learning is vital
  • Do you contribute to whole class discussions? Being able to articulate and justify a point of view is an important skill
  • Do you look for cross curricular and subject links? This is a good skill to have.
  • Do you participate in the extra-curricular opportunities on offer?
  • Have you spoken to your English teacher about studying English at A Level?