We have designed our curriculum using the KS3 National Curriculum and it is delivered under the framework of the IB Middle Years programme. We have also referenced the KS2 Programmes of Study in our initial planning. English at Mascalls Academy secures students with a substantive and disciplinary knowledge based curriculum that offers breadth and depth.

Our modules span over 12 weeks to enable us to ensure that deep learning takes place and supports the school ethos of Academic Excellence, Character and Culture. Students explore a range of fiction and non-fiction texts that span across time and cultures to give them a rich and empathetic understanding of the world around them. Vocabulary is taught explicitly to support students’ verbal and written responses and enable them to articulate complex ideas. We create a culture that fosters their own reading as we know how integral this is to their development, both academically and personally.

Pupils need to be able to express themselves and communicate coherently, appropriately and with sophistication. Our spiralling curriculum provides students with the essential skills and knowledge they need for their future roles within society and aims to develop young people who are confident, creative, ethical and critical thinkers. To achieve this, we ensure that our curriculum is regularly reviewed and refined to accommodate our learners.