English & Drama
At Key Stage 3, our students follow the former National Curriculum topics for English in conjuncture with developing their core reading, writing skills and speaking and listening skills. The work is differentiated to suit individual needs and is designed to stretch students and add breadth and depth to their knowledge of the subject. Throughout the year we focus on a wide variety of literature from the English traditional heritage as well as a range of diverse poems, prose and plays linked to a variety of cultures and major festivals. There is a strong emphasis on reading for pleasure which we aim to foster in Key Stage 3 as improved reading supports our students in their studies in all subject areas.
At Key Stage 4, students study a range of different qualifications aimed at developing a progressive route through their school career. We study a range of courses from Entry Level 1 up to Entry Level 1 for the WJEC Additional English Award as well as GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature on the AQA specification. We tailor the course content to suit our students’ needs and interests and give them the opportunity to enjoy a range of English and Media studies for a broad and exciting engagement with the subject.
At Key Stage 5, we continue the progressive route through qualifications that begins in Key Stage 4. Students will have the opportunity to progress from their Key Stage 4 success with an emphasis on creating and ethos of achievement and enabling our students to gain the qualification necessary to progress further in life as well as developing core English skills that are so vital for their individual progression. As well as the WJEC Additional English qualification and the AQA English Language GCSE; we also offer the opportunity to study the AQA English Literature GCSE and AS/A Level English Literature Award.
Key Stage 3 drama involves a variety of games, activities and role playing to engage students and encourage active participation. We look to be totally inclusive in our chosen tasks and role plays and there is a strong emphasis on student-led scenarios and ideas for characters. It is a very creative subject and one that gives many opportunities to develop progressively and individually.
At Key Stage 4, we offer a course within the WJEC exam board’s Creative Pathways scheme. This allows students to achieve an Entry Level 2 or 3 qualification for Drama but also allows for the possibility to combine their Drama units with another creative subject area to achieve a higher qualification. We focus on body language, use of voice and group performance.
Home Learning is differentiated and designed to support students in their lessons by reinforcing key terms and ideas outside of class. English students are set reading, spelling and Key Stage specific exam practice regularly. We also advise all students to access IXL English at home along with The Oxford Reading Buddy for further book choices and comprehension tasks.
The aim of the workshop is to give parents/carers an understanding of the various Literacy topics and themes we teach within our programme of study at Bradfields Academy. You will also create resource packs, which can be shared with your child at home to support with their learning. Home Learning is an invaluable aspect of the learning process and any support that can be given to our students will be incredibly beneficial to them.
The Literacy Workshop for Parents and Carers will run fortnightly on a Tuesday starting from 2:10pm until 3:00pm and will be based in G04 at Upper Site. We will run the workshop on the same weeks as the Numeracy and ICT Workshops for continuity. Please report to Reception to sign in for each workshop (no earlier than 2pm please). You will be collected and taken to the classroom.
Basic Skills Quality Mark
As a result of our subject development work in English we were accredited by The Basic Skills Agency in July 2018 as providing a high standard of English (and Maths) at Bradfields. This is the 5th time we have been accredited for our Basic Skills Quality Mark. This award was renewed after a successful inspection during Spring 2017 and is a testament to the amazing work being done by staff in the core subjects at Bradfields Academy.
Platinum Literacy Mark
As a result of our work in developing the literacy levels across the academy, partly funded by Pupil Premium and Catch-Up Funding, we were awarded the Platinum Literacy Mark in October 2018. This award is directly linked to our success with Buster's Book Club and we have collectively reached the 7 million minutes read mark thanks to the wonderful support of parents, carers, students and staff. This is the third year in a row that Bradfields Academy has won the Platinum Literacy Mark and it is the highest award achievable.
Kent Literacy Award
This year’s Kent Literacy Award Ceremony was held at Hempstead House Hotel in Sittingbourne and attended by schools from all over Kent to celebrate the wonderful innovations and initiatives in Literacy being developed across the county. The event involved all types of school including grammar, primary, secondary and colleges vying for the prestigious awards on the night. This year, Bradfields Academy had a brilliant evening and came away with two separate awards; more than any other school achieved.
There were some amazing initiatives showcased on the night and the fact that Bradfields Academy won more awards than anyone else is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all the staff along with the brilliant desire for knowledge and willingness to progress that makes the students here the best in the county.
This year we were awarded the Most Engaging Writing Topic Award for our Walking Stories writing initiative along with the Best Programme to Develop Adult Literacy for the Fortis Trust Adult Education Centre and our work in developing adult literacy across Medway. Both of these awards now hang proudly on our wall along with the eleven other literacy awards we have won in the last four years.
Developing an enthusiastic and exciting attitude to Literacy has been pivotal to everything that we have done during the last year two years here at Bradfields Academy. We have introduced a wide range of schemes and employed a varied range of workshops to compliment the literacy focus, activities and curriculum themes that have become embedded into every facet of the academy’s ethos. Some of our initiatives include: Buster’s Book Club; our new library; Beanstalk Readers; 1-1 Literacy Interventions; Literacy Focus; Story Teller Workshops, Gold Literacy Challenge, Punctuation Pals and our incredibly successful Pop-Up Author Event where, as a way of really encouraging reading; 9 famous children’s authors and illustrators came into Bradfields (including James Mayhew, Angie Morgan & Christopher William Hill) and did a total of 28 different workshops with all our classes. All of these and many other initiatives are just some of the ways that Bradfields has developed all aspects of literacy across the academy to massive success for our incredible students.