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27/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'sanguine'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/tQHOS2zjsG

24/06/22

This week in our Weekly Vlog, Mr Anderson speaks about the huge success of our School Production earlier this week. You will also see a few sneak peek performances from their rehearsal! Check it out here: https://t.co/ElctOw7Etj https://t.co/U4ag8bWtTL

22/06/22

Did you know that today is ? Our Year 7 students have been set two challenges by Mrs Vincent to help promote this important occasion! https://t.co/bNci5wQrvM

22/06/22

Earlier this week we welcomed who performed a fantastic production of 'What you Will' to our students. It was a great engaging introduction to and it transported our students to the world of Elizabethan Theatre! https://t.co/HQWLa4MQpj

22/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'laudable'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/GLQFLblBBy

21/06/22

We are excited to confirm that there are a few limited tickets still available to purchase for our school production this afternoon! Booking details can be found here: https://t.co/ro78Wv7I9i https://t.co/1hXHHripY1

21/06/22

After months of rehearsing, we are so excited to see our students perform in our first ever school production, 'Will Power', this afternoon! Good luck to our students taking part and special thanks goes to Mr Anderson and Mr Lee for all of their hard work! https://t.co/xub2gMsHS2

20/06/22

We are so happy to hear that SST's first ever school trip was a big success on Friday. Our Choir students went to Thorpe Park and had a great time! https://t.co/L3QIUiH1y3

17/06/22

Our students enjoyed the weather yesterday afternoon as Miss Orme moved 'Make it Club' to the Courtyard to make the most of this glorious sunshine ☀️#ExtraCurricular https://t.co/iDjdRmLuR2

15/06/22

This week in Drama, our Year 8 students are learning sequencing, and are seen here performing still images! https://t.co/xi7uEibghq

14/06/22

This morning we are off to Primary School for a Transition Meeting. Tilly, Oliver and Will are looking forward to speaking to the students joining us next year! https://t.co/B9o3LbPgJw

14/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'Iniquitous'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/omofup2Udb

13/06/22

As part of our transition, there will be a series of weekly challenges for our newest recruits to take part in which are uploaded every week! This week we are challenging students to a Drama challenge. Head over to our website for further info! https://t.co/Z6eqOKai3b https://t.co/LCcdJORzPg

09/06/22

We are delighted to announce Briony, Year 8, has been commended in the Spanish category for the South East region. Well done Briony! https://t.co/C3XeIF5oYK

09/06/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'perpetrator'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/pFbBEcLEcF

08/06/22

With June being GRT History Month, our students learnt about what makes a home for the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Community in assembly this morning! https://t.co/DsrMUdJkRm

07/06/22

This morning Mr Payne, Yasmina and Emilis are off to Leeds & Broomfield CE Primary to meet with the Year 6 students starting with us in September! We are excited to start our Primary visits this term https://t.co/YuZw1R0d9a

07/06/22

We are so happy to welcome our students back for Term 6 after a restful break! We are looking forward to another packed full term! https://t.co/OWSZS7oOhl

26/05/22

Our students continued their project in collaboration with today. They have been discussing how our different cultures are affected by issues raised by the United Nations in their Sustainable Development Goals and how we can work towards a more sustainable future! https://t.co/t2tIkJGMfh

25/05/22

This week we are celebrating Citizenship Week by challenging our students to plan a local project taking action on one of the sustainable goals! https://t.co/xw3mgbMl6r

24/05/22

Recently we challenged our newest recruits to an Art Challenge, as part of . They were asked to photograph objects or settings which have human characteristics. We were so impressed with the entries! Check out these brilliant submissions from Oscar, Eliana & Ava! https://t.co/rc5Xa3vuTC

23/05/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'bystander'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/DasJ6cuLKE

20/05/22

We are so proud of our Girls Football Team who made it through to the final yesterday! After a brilliant performance we sadly lost in a penalty shootout however their achievement goes down in our SST history as the first team to make it to a final! Well done girls! https://t.co/UVZRGvSO9k

19/05/22

Good luck to our Year 7 and 8 Girls Football Team playing in the championship final this afternoon at the Gallagher Stadium! https://t.co/mdQdUACkGX

18/05/22

Session 5 is all about reflection and evaluation. Our students have been busy updating their competencies on their iPads using ! https://t.co/f9bNDFHMJP

18/05/22

During session 4 of our we welcome Matt from “We are with you” agency. He is speaking to our students about peer related issues including risks of drugs, energy drinks and the consequences of taking drugs! https://t.co/0NjCeWaVoH

18/05/22

Session 3 is all about prejudice related incidents. Here they are working hard to create a poster to explain what they have learned! https://t.co/D3ixBkokWK

18/05/22

Session 2 is focused on students working together. They have learnt that everybody is different in lots of different ways and we need to treat everybody the same. https://t.co/u5kFWKuKRo

18/05/22

Session 1 of our is focused on exploring stereotypes! Our students are understanding the importance of not judging a book by its cover! https://t.co/qaoZVVaICR

18/05/22

The sun is shining for our Empower Day! Today will be a series of sessions focused on reacting to situations in life and considering how our reactions and actions can affect others! https://t.co/cfbsF83zf6

18/05/22

Today is the day of our Students v Staff Football match! If wish to make a voluntary donation, this can be made here: https://t.co/xRLAUCbluM https://t.co/hnP6aX0crR

17/05/22

Today we virtually hosted a school in Belgium, where three teachers taught a STEM lesson to our Year 7 students. This is part of a long standing relationship between and https://t.co/Vu7z4eubVd

17/05/22

We are pleased to open our school for current Year 5 students and parents to take part in a student led tour on the following dates! Head over to our website to secure a ticket: https://t.co/VYfMaksVIa https://t.co/tXDVUHK6hW

16/05/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'collaborator'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/3wYtcuUodw

12/05/22

Today we had the 1st session of our 'Learning Alliance Beyond Borders' project that 15 SST students will be working on with students from . They will be learning about each other’s cultures, and working together to look at innovative ways to tackle climate change! https://t.co/h2Uyujn8ZU

11/05/22

Check out this car that the students in GreenPower Car Club have made! They enjoyed doing some practice runs yesterday without the body work of the car in place so that they can check everything is working properly before it is raced! https://t.co/oPXmXTVCm2

10/05/22

Congratulations to our Girls Football team who only went and got through to the Championship FINAL! They will be playing at Gallagher Stadium on Thursday, 19 May. Further information on how you can watch will be available soon! https://t.co/kzW0O6yIgL

09/05/22

We are thrilled to announce our long-awaited Staff vs Students football match, which will be taking place after school on Wednesday, 18 May, to raise money for our Library. If wish to make a voluntary donation, this can be made here: https://t.co/xRLAUBTcgE https://t.co/NRwMOlKEtr

09/05/22

As a way of expanding our student vocabulary, SST is promoting a weekly 'Word of the Week'. This week it is 'resistance'! Students will be rewarded with an Achievement Point for using the WoW correctly. https://t.co/sSHHaJbNXQ

06/05/22

Check out how much fun we had raising money for Ukraine by cycling from Kent to Kyiv last week in our weekly vlog! Who else is super impressed with Mr Lee's slow motion cycling?! https://t.co/uNwz14fz7z https://t.co/qMAGGMgJ7g

English

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The English department staffing includes:

- Mrs C Cornhill – Lead Teacher of English
- Mr J Lee – Teacher of English
- Mrs G Gidley – Teacher of English

As a key pillar of the curriculum at SST Maidstone, the English department leads an engaging curriculum ranging from Poetry, Creative Writing, Classic and Modern Novels and Shakespeare Plays. Students learn a vast array of skills to support their reading, writing and oracy skills and play a key role in the promotion of Reading within the school.

The English department works closely with the School Library to ensure students are supported in developing a love of reading and improving their reading age. Competitions such as Extreme Reading and AR Millionaires ensure students are engaged in this. Students are also encouraged to become authors, crafting and editing their own stories and publishing a book alongside their peers. The annual Book Launch event showcases the students skills in writing and imagination, sharing their success with parents and staff.

The department has strong collaborative links with other departments, such as:

  • Liaising with Computer Science to challenge students to create animations based on their Gothic literature projects being studied in Term 5 of Year 7.
  • Teaching Shakespeare plays at the same time as the Drama department, to support students’ depth of understanding of the plays.
  • Year 7 Term 2 links with War Time Literature and the Humanities department.

Curriculum Intent

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From the start of their English journey, students will explore how communication has evolved through time. We want students to understand that language is a system that can be decoded and continuously evolves according to purpose, audience, context and culture, transmitting ideas about identity. At the heart of our English curriculum is our drive to foster a lifelong love of reading; we offer the range of opportunities needed to develop fluent, enthusiastic and critical readers.  Students are immersed in an array of literature from Shakespeare to contemporary drama, poetry and prose, cultivating a cultural appreciation of the literary arts. This wealth of imagined and real world texts, for example, Chinese Cinderella and War Time literature, encourages independent thought on the human condition, nurturing an understanding of the intricacies of their own world and what it means to be human.   

We want to expose students to new skills which enhance their awareness of the potential of language and equip them with the ability and determination to make words their greatest power through both accurate writing and their spoken language. These excellent literacy skills will prepare them for the modern world, enabling them to engage with the written word in everyday life. Students will be-able to make connections across subjects to understand that skills and knowledge are transferrable and continuously expanding.  We aim to foster critical, confident and articulate students who are inquisitive, individual, creative and have engendered an appreciation for the value of literature and a love of reading.  

By understanding the importance of being articulate and being able to read and write accurately, students will be able to communicate effectively and possess the wider skills in order to fulfil their potential in the ever-changing world around them. Students will place this value not only on the impact in developing imagination and empathy, recognising the importance of equality, but also the development of their literary skills.  

Curriculum Topics

Year 7

 

  • An Introduction to Language in Context - An exploration of how communication has evolved over time.
  • War Time Literature – Extracts and poetry on the theme of war.
  • Modern Novel ‘Chinese Cinderella’ – An autobiographical account of Adeline Yen Mah’s childhood.
  • Gothic Literature – Extracts and poetry that conform to the Gothic genre.
  • The Book Project – A project where students craft their own effective short story that will be published in their class book.

Year 8

  • Other Cultures Extracts and Poetry – Extracts and poetry from authors including Benjamin Zephaniah, Malorie Blackman and John Agard.
  • Shakespeare’s Comedies – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.
  • Non-Fiction Writing – Exploring and writing different forms of non-fiction.
  • Modern Novel

Year 9

  • Modern novel 
  • Dystopian literature and creative writing
  • Thematic extracts + poetry - writing for a particular purpose and audience 
  • Macbeth 

Years 10 and 11

Students will have separate English Language and English literature lessons as they embark on their GCSE English course.

Years 12 and 13

English Literature/Language Alevel will be available in the Sixth Form at SST, or other schools within the Maidstone Campus. 

Transition Information

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Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3

There is a clear focus in KS2 on writing and reading comprehension. KS3 will build upon these skills and begin to introduce higher level reading skills such as analysis.

Primary schools also foster a clear love of reading in their pupils, and this is something that we want to continue to instil in our pupils as they move into KS3.

Library lessons occur once every two weeks where students will have opportunities to read a book of their own choice and discuss and recommend books to their peers. All students will participate in the Accelerated Reader programme and have regular access to books in the library.

Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4

Throughout Key Stage 3, students will have been provided with opportunities to read a wide variety of texts from a variety of genres to promote reading for pleasure. 

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum focuses on preparing and facilitating students with the relevant skill sets to be able to undertake the 9-1 GCSE. The Key Stage 3 Curriculum intends to enable students to develop their skill sets, as well as providing opportunities for practicing analysing and evaluating extracts and texts as they would in KS4.  

Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5

During the GCSE course, students will have a more detailed awareness of the English Language and English Literature GCSEs. Students will be introduced to critical theory, and this will help them to consider how A Level and University study extends from the GCSE syllabus. 

Links with Sixth Form students at other schools on the campus allows discussion with GCSE students so they can find out more about aspiration.

Beyond Key Stage 5

Students are given opportunities to look at different routes to study English beyond the Sixth form. They will be able to identify the transferrable skills that their English studies give them and consider which jobs, apprenticeships, college courses and University modules would be of interest to them.

Unit Plans

  Click here to view the English Unit Plans.

Extended Curriculum Opportunities

 Click here to view the Extended Curriculum Opportunities.