KS3 English

At the heart of KS3 English at Portal House is a commitment to developing pupils’ literacy skills to the standard required to access learning across the curriculum. We seek to ensure that every pupil at Portal House is able to engage in conversation with others in a considered and thoughtful manner; we seek to ensure that every pupil is able to read with confidence and pleasure and we seek also to ensure that every pupil can write clearly and accurately.

Billy the Kid

We have selected strategies to enable this.  In the first instance, we encourage pupils to read for pleasure. Research shows this to be the most effective way of securing literacy to the standard needed in 21st Century.  To this end, we have a well-stocked library (with a high ratio of books to pupils, including E-books) while each class is equipped with book-boxes packed full of relevant and stimulating reading material. Next, we select the very best from the National Curriculum for English, enabling pupils to access a broad range of literature, including writing by canonical greats such as William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens as well as contemporary writers such as Michael Morpurgo and Benjamin Zephaniah.  The study of literary texts is supplemented by close attention to different forms of non-fiction writing, especially that which involves multi-media technologies. Finally, pupils are encouraged to engage in cultural activities such as theatre and cinema visits, author visits and drama workshops.  Our aim at KS3 is to ensure that each pupil enters KS4 English secure in the knowledge that he can ‘do’ English, and that he has the skills to achieve an English GCSE.

English KS4

We aim to develop pupil’s literacy skills through the study of fiction and non- fiction texts including multi-modal texts. Learning focuses on three aspects of literacy: speaking and listening, reading and writing. We aim to supplement these core skills with critical understanding and imaginative and creative thinking. At KS4 pupils are offered a GCSE course in line with the examinations policy. We take WJEC English GCSE and WJEC Functional skills.

Aims and objectives

  • To expose students to the best literacy teaching possible .
  • To ensure all pupils are competent in basic literacy skills.
  • To support pupils in reaching their full potential enabling them to take their place in the world of work.
  • To enable students to achieve a minimum of Functional Skills in English or English GCSE.

Summary Assessment


Speaking and Listening (controlled assessment) – 20 marks

Writing (controlled assessments) – 40 marks

Exam – 80 marks

Controlled assessment

Reading and Writing – 40% – Unit 3  English in the world of the imagination



Literary texts – (2 assignments: 10% each)

Literary heritage poetry and Shakespeare; Different cultures prose



Creative writing – (2 assignments: 10% each) – 1st and 3rd person narrative