English skills are extremely important and fundamental for education and employment in the future. Here at Les Voies we aim to create lessons that will interest and inspire young learners and encourage students to read both for enjoyment and to further awareness of the ways in which English can be used.
At KS3 students undertake a thematic curriculum. Students focus on persuasive speaking and writing, poetry and both descriptive and narrative writing. Students also read a wide range of books including, but not exclusively: 'The Book Thief', 'An Inspector Calls', 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' and 'Of Mice and Men'.
During KS4 we study the 'Cambridge IGCSE First Language (0500)' which is specifically designed for learners whose first language is English. By studying this course students will develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. They will also learn how to employ a wide range of vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation and develop a personal style and awareness of the audience being addressed.
The IGCSE Specification
The IGCSE course requires students to create a portfolio (three tasks) and complete a formal written exam. The course is broken down into these areas:
Written exam - 50%
Coursework portfolio - 50%
There is also the option to complete separate speaking and listening qualifications.