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Secondary School (Bideford)

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September 2023

This Terms Overview


This term in KS3 we are exploring the wonders of fiction, dawning on texts such as Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone, The Giver and Stone Cold. Our students will investigate a broad spectrum of effective writing techniques, supporting their creative writing skills.  


KS4 students are venturing into their GCSE and functional skills curriculum, again beginning with analysing fictional texts and writing techniques. Our year 11 students have started by researching preparing their presentations for their speaking and listening exams. 

Curriculum Intent:

Reading is the golden thread that runs through the English curriculum. The aim is that all students will see themselves as “readers” and through this develop a broader vocabulary and be able to use what they read as a model for their own writing.


Students will: read literary fiction and non-fiction to develop critical reading skills and techniques; develop their creative writing skills and write in a variety of forms for a range of different audiences and purposes; benefit from speaking and listening opportunities for discussion, debate and presentation.




At KS3 the curriculum is built around themes and big ideas whilst building confidence in reading and writing skills which will lead them towards qualifications at KS4. Half termly topics are structured around the skills examined at GCSE whilst also enjoying texts from literary traditions and authors. The curriculum offers the opportunity to study contemporary and historical plays, poetry, novels and short stories to develop an understanding and appreciation of different forms and genres.




At KS4 students will have the opportunity to build on the knowledge and skills that they have acquired in KS3. They will develop skills in language and structural analysis, evaluation and comparing and contrasting across a range of texts. They will also further develop their creative and transactional writing skills.

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