Students in Year 7 read a variety of text types; novels, newspapers, poetry, films, etc. and use these to write about familiar subjects and to explore ideas and current issues. They use computers to present work to a high standard. In oral work, students will be required to speak for specific purposes, to a specific audience. e.g. short speeches.
Year 8 students will further develop the skills gained in Year 7, with emphasis on more in-depth completion of particular tasks. Students should be able to discuss themes and issues in a range of challenging texts and construct a variety of responses to them.
In Year 9 students study a wide range of classic, contemporary and popular texts to explore moral and philosophical issues. They learn to speak effectively for a wide range of purposes and audiences including participating in debates. Students are asked to write expressively and effectively about their feelings, opinions and ideas. Computer skills will continue to be developed.
Year 10 students read and review a range of increasingly complex texts. They will be expected to write creatively and critically in response to the texts. Students are asked to further develop their skills in persuasive and argumentative written and oral work. Electronic technological skills, e.g. e-mail, bulletin boards etc. should continue to be developed.