English Super Curriculum

Our Super Curricular activities are there to take our students beyond what they have studied in the classroom and provide them with a challenge. The English Super Curriculum provides our students with the opportunity to enhance their learning, with lots of suggestions of activities that they can try outside of their lessons. There are a range of activities to choose from. Students can Read, Write, Listen, Research, Watch and Visit for Extra Learning. 

We are incredibly proud of the Super Curricular work our students have produced. Click here to view some of the excellent pieces of work from our year groups.

Mrs Hassan

English Department

Youth Speaks Competition

On Tuesday 7th December, six Year 9 students competed in the 2021/2022 Annual Rotary Youth Speaks Competition. We are so very proud to have been able to take two teams of such a high calibre to a competition.

Students were invited to audition early in the autumn term if they wanted to be part of this exciting competition. Based on making a great first impression, we created the following two teams:

Freddie C,  Cuan P, Becky D

Motion: “Lies do more good than harm”

Annabel S, Harry H, Omari W

Motion: “Adults should go back to school”

Students provided excellent arguments, came up with engaging ideas and delivered fantastic performances! They were also humble and made sure they displayed the best standard of behaviour during our visit to Aldwickbury Golf Club.

We are very proud of the students and the performances they delivered. We look forward to competing in 2022/2023. How exciting!

Mrs Aikman

12 Days Of Reading

We continue to promote literacy at KWS. Students this half term have been taking part in Read Aloud, various year group reading challenges, and not to mention literacy week. We have just appointed a library assistant and she is very excited to get started in helping to manage and develop our school library. We are hopeful we will have many more library events and competitions in the spring term.
Reading is still very much a priority for our staff and students. So, we thought it would be fitting to use advent to get our school community reading in the lead up to the winter break.
We are soon to launch our ’12 Days of Reading’ virtual advent calendar which we hope will encourage students to read a variety of Christmas and Winter inspired texts. From comic books to newspaper articles to poetry, there is something for our students to get stuck into each morning as we count down.
The English Department

National Literacy Week

This week has been KWS Literacy Week. While our wonderful teaching team have been focusing on how we improve literacy skills in the classroom, we have also taken the opportunity to provide all students with a great short story to read in class, a word games focus in our Form Time Quiz, book reviews for recognitions, and to continue to encourage visits to the library.

In a post about literacy, it would be remiss not to ask, ‘how much does your child read?’.  These days there are so many other things to do with our time and we are seeing some students who have got out of the habit of reading over the difficult circumstances of the past couple of years. But reading regularly is the biggest contributor to academic success and is vitally important. We have recently invested in some great short novels which are dyslexia friendly for the KWS Library. They have older interest levels twinned with younger reading ages and are great for students who are out of the habit and for those who might struggle with a longer book. They are proving hugely popular so far, so please do encourage your child to pop to the Library and take a look and to talk to you at home about what they are reading and how they are finding it. We’re already seeing improvements in students’ reading focus and understanding. Let’s keep this going! Your child’s English teacher will always be happy to give you some recommendations.

A Haunting Story Competition for Halloween

A few weeks ago, the English team launched the ‘Haunting Story’ competition for Halloween. Our students had to write a description or story that is ghastly, ghoulish and ghostly and at least 300 words long, to be in with a chance of winning vicious vouchers and horrendous horror books!

We received fantastic pieces of work. Over 60 students in Year 7 took part so well done to them!

After reading all the stories we chose our 3 finalists:

– Lina B – It (Year 8)

– Isla M – Cries (Year 8)

– Liam M – Blood, blood, and more blood (Year 7)

Our overall winner for the competition was Isla M (Year 8) A massive well done!

Students who made it into our ‘Best Ones’ folder:

– Alexandra H (Year 8)
– Bobby S (Year 7)
– Charlotte L (Year 7)
– Chloe O (Year 8)
– Savannah G (Year 7)
– Helena R (Year 7)
– Isla W (Year 8)
– Lilly V (Year 7)
– Lucy U (Year 7)
– Oliver S (Year 8)
– Ruby H (Year 7)
– Saskia W (Year 7)
– Martha R (Year 8)

We are proud of you all. Keep up the hard work!

The English Department