Lower School

In their first few years at RGS, students will study and develop their skills and knowledge of English Language and Literature. The key aspects of teaching at this key stage involve:

  • Study and analysis of literary texts: novels and poetry (modern and pre-C20th), Shakespeare plays, modern drama
  • Reading, researching, and analytical skills: exploring fiction and non-fiction/media texts
  • Writing for specific purposes and audiences
  • Writing well: accuracy, improving vocabulary
  • Speaking and listening skills: individual presentation, using drama skills and working as part of a group
  • Cross-curricular understanding: developing links with other subject areas


As part of your education, you are expected to be reading regularly, widely and independently. Whilst it is most important that you read for pleasure, it is also crucial for your academic development to read books that are more challenging in both their content and difficulty of vocabulary and expression. Those who manage to keep a strong reading habit will find that it has a positive effect on their final grades across all subjects. In addition to just reading books you should also:

  • talk to friends and family about your reading
  • read non-fiction books on other subjects that interest you ie. biography, travel writing, science etc.
  • read news stories once or twice a week either online or in a newspaper
  • read other online writing eg. non-fiction websites, blogs etc.
  • ask others for recommendations – what have they enjoyed from this book list?
  • Search for online recommended book lists eg. top 50 sci-fi books: http://forbiddenplanet.com/picks/50-sf-books-you-must-read/

English KS3 More Able policy
The central focus of this more able policy is to encourage the independent pursuit of personal, academic interests that challenge the student’s abilities and understanding. Each unit of work at KS3 has an associated challenge built into the teaching. This challenge is open to all students to complete. It is expected that more able students successfully complete a range of these tasks during the year; they may even wish to negotiate the precise demands of the task to reflect their particular areas of interest. English teachers support the development of individual students by guiding them to explore new ideas and more challenging texts not covered in the classroom. All students are expected to read widely from all forms and genres of writing. They are expected to regularly visit the library and to read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction on a regular basis. Individual scholars will also be given an informal mentor to support their development. Finally, a wide range of literary clubs and societies are offered to all students.


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