We aim to build on the skills students have learnt at Key Stage 2 by meeting their changing literacy needs through a curriculum that is diverse, relevant and challenging, using ICT, and linking with other subject areas to support their studies across the school.
At Key Stage 3, students work through the following topics of study each year:
Students are formally assessed in reading, writing, speaking and listening throughout each unit of study. The assessments for each unit are carefully designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum for English.
Weekly homework tasks are set by individual teachers, based either on the scheme of work that is being studied or wider literacy skills. Homework is either task marked or peer-marked, depending on the nature of the task.
Read On is a unique reading programme at JRCS. The aim of this project is to champion reading for enjoyment. Students are provided with access to a well-equipped school library and they spend one hour per week of curriculum time being given the space and time to read the books they enjoy.
All of our Year 7 and Year 8 students also use Lexia on a regular basis. This software has been developed to support reading progression for readers of all abilities. We have a dedicated Literacy Suite equipped with a bank of computers for students to enjoy Lexia and Accelerated Reader.