English

The English department has designed the Key stage 3 schemes of work to follow the principles of the national curriculum, to develop literacy and oracy skills.

Pupils in all years have their skills regularly assessed in these three key areas: reading, writing and oral communication.

We hold an annual Short Story Competition for all pupils in Years 7 and 8. This year, Year 7 pupils were judged on their suspense short stories, whilst Year 8 have written gothic horror stories. House points were awarded as well as individual prizes for the winning entries. Y11 will also be battling for the highly prized title of Y11 Punctuator of the Year!

Y7-9 pupils also have the opportunity to take part in the annual ‘Readathon’ which raises money for childrens’ charities. This also includes talks by different visiting authors.

Y9 classes took part in BBC School News Report day in March. This is a cross-curricular project with the ICT and media departments. Pupils' news reports are available to view on the BBC website; please click here.

Mrs Groves and Mrs Bretherton co-ordinate The Uffculme Star club, which produces The Uffculme Star Newspaper, termly – written by pupils, for pupils. New blog coming soon - watch this space!

Out and About:

The English Department regularly organises visits to the theatre, either to support the reading of texts during Key Stage 4, or for the pure pleasure of live theatre. Pupils have recently been to see The Merchant of Venice, at The Globe in London; The Woman in Black and Othello, at the Northcott in Exeter; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, in at the Theatre Royal, Bath – to name but a few. They have also visited ‘The Poetry Live’ Event 2017, to experience renowned poets perform their poems, many of which are studied as part of the English Literature course.

Mrs Poortman, October 2017

Curriculum and Qualifications

At KS4 the department follows the EDUQAS English Language and Literature GCSE Course.

The Specification can be found here:

If you require further information about the English curriculum at KS3 or KS4 please contact Mrs Poortman, Head of Department, at PoortmanL@uffculmeschool.net.