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Our Vision:

It is our aim to motivate, enthuse and inspire learners at all key stages. We believe that it is our responsibility to enable all learners, regardless of their context or circumstance, to achieve their potential and make at least good progress throughout each key stage. Through our delivery of the English curriculum we aim to foster a genuine enjoyment of both Literature and English Language. It is our ultimate aim that all students leaving Temple Moor are confident communicators and independent learners who possess lifelong literacy skills.


Our Staff:

The English faculty at Temple Moor is one with a long track record of success across all three key stages.  The faculty is one of vast experience in a variety of roles and responsibilities across school.  The English faculty has a strong team ethos, a commitment to provide the best possible education for our students and a real passion for both language and literature.

Our Students:

At Temple Moor we teach students across Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.  In Year 7 and Year 8, students are set according to teacher assessment of their ability. Students are also placed in sets in Key Stage 4, according to their ability.  We teach a wide range of abilities throughout the school, ranging from gifted and talented students to those who join us with very basic literacy skills.


Key Stage 3:

In Year 7 students’ learning is predominantly skills based and includes reading, writing and speaking and listening.  Students will study drama including Shakespeare, poetry, creative writing and the novel within their first year at Temple Moor.  The Year 8 syllabus continues to build on the skills learned in Year 7. The programme of study in both years is designed to prepare the students fully for the GCSE course they will undertake in Key Stage 4. In Year 7 and Year 8, all students take part in accelerated reading, designed to improve their reading ability through the students' reading texts, which are specifically designed for their reading age. In Year 7 and Year 8, all students are also given specific literacy lessons to enable them to improve basic skills.


Key Stage 4:

Key Stage 4 courses at Temple Moor begin in Year 9, where students will begin to practise skills needed for a GCSE in English. Students spend Year 10 and 11 studying units examined by both controlled assessment and external examination. Students study a personalised programme of learning designed to suit their capability in English. All students will study English Language and English Literature, receiving two GCSE qualifications. Students will study either the traditional English GCSE or the iGCSE, depending on their needs as learners; the choice of course is designed to give them the best possible chance of achieving their potential. All students will study the iGCSE qualification in English Literature..


Key Stage 5/Sixth Form:

The English faculty have a long history of success at Key Stage 5 within English Language, English Literature and Media.  We teach students with a wide range of ability across these subject areas, delivering both A Level and BTEC qualifications, and aim to enable all students to achieve their potential, with the vast majority going on to further education after leaving us.


Accommodation & Facilities:

The English faculty features eight classrooms, each with an interactive Smartboard, computer and wireless Internet connection.  In addition, the faculty has over 60 laptops and a break out area with eight computers and a printer. The faculty also includes a library with a class set of computers.

 

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