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Key Stage 3

In this key stage students consolidate basic writing skills, develop speaking and listening skills and work to improve reading. The use of Reading Stars developed by Mr Maguire provides a focus for independent and shared reading.

All students have specific targets in English and also work towards achieving these. Students study a range of texts including media and poetry.

In Year 9, pupils will have the opportunity to take Functional Skills examinations.

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Key Stage 4

In Key stage 4 students prepare to take examinations in English and Functional Skills English. There is a focus on non fiction formats such as reports, letters and diary writing. However the pupils will continue to follow the National Curriculum and will therefore also study literature, including classic texts like Jane Eyre and Shakespeare. Students in KS4 follow an exam course according to their ability. We offer WJEC Entry Level English, Open Awards Entry Level 1 English, Open Awards Entry Level 2 English and Open Awards English. GCSE English can also be offered to students deemed capable of success at this level.

Functional Skills

These qualifications focus on communication skills that will be useful for life beyond the classroom. Students sit short exams/ tests at the correct level in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Grades range from Entry level 1 to Level 1.

Useful Links
Open Awards
Spelling Games

Reading Schemes

Pupils will follow different reading schemes depending on their ability. At BVHS we use the following schemes and have recently been lucky enough to update and supplement our current schemes.

Wellington Square Oxford Reading Tree
 Words First  Shades 2.0
 Stile  On the Edge
Fast Lane  Project X
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Literacy across the Curriculum

At Bank View we believe all staff have a responsibility for promoting literacy in their subject area. We have a number of strategies for promoting this:

  • Subject specific word lists
  • Word of the week in each subject
  • All students have IEP targets shared with all staff
  • Dedicated Literacy weeks
  • Whole school approach to non fiction formats
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