The English Faculty works tirelessly and diligently to ensure that all students have a seamless transition into Key Stage Three. This is achieved through the varying year 5 and year 6 taster days, where a vast number of students from Earl Mortimer College’s feeder schools spend the day discovering what life is like in a mainstream secondary school, including the myriad of topics and activities that they will undertake in a typical English lesson. This understanding can be furthered at EMC’s annual summer school, where students will participate in an array of English and drama lessons, culminating in a performance viewed by their parents and carers at the end of a very active week.
Students are given a project on their final taster day, which they have to complete over the summer holidays, before they arrive in Year 7. This project will further the students’ research, creative and performance skills, as they will be required to present their findings to their new peers at the start of the academic year. This is an effective method that enables students to gain confidence whilst being introduced to their new classmates. In addition, this method of learning enables young people to build on their previous learning and make the best possible start to their secondary education.
Successful and effective links have been made between Earl Mortimer College and its main feeder school, Leominster Primary. These links will soon be spread out to Earl Mortimer College’s other feeder schools with the fundamental aim of creating a continuous learning pathway from Year 6 onwards. Key Stage Three is the bedrock that ensures all pupils make the best possible progress whilst at Earl Mortimer College. This means that effective transition from primary school to secondary school is a fundamental goal of ours.
Quotes from Year 7 students
- Although some of the English lessons can be challenging, I have always had help from the teachers, whom I find very supportive
- English is my favourite subject as I love writing stories. Studying English has also helped my language skills to develop. I do not struggle with speaking or understanding the English language anymore.
- I love participating in the drama lessons that take place in English, as it has helped to boost my confidence as well as make new friends. In addition, Sir always allows my friends and me to work together during drama, and this has helped us to produce some memorable plays.
- The first scheme of work we did on arriving at Earl Mortimer College was called Island Survival. It was an action-packed scheme that was great because I got to write stories about my new classmates and the adventures we had.
- I loved reading Holes. It was such a good book that I felt like I was actually with Stanley, digging holes alongside him.
- I loved learning about Shakespeare’s life. Although sad, The Merchant of Venice made me realise that everyone has feelings and should be treated differently, despite their differences.
- Although Non-Fiction was a difficult topic (Miss said we were undertaking work that year 10 and 11 students undertake) it gave me the confidence to get a great grade in the Year 7 SATS. I cannot believe I achieved a 6a!
- There is more to English than just writing essays. I really liked the Advertising and the Media scheme of work as I got to design my own chocolate bar. I also got to use numeracy skills during this scheme and this helped me to achieve a good grade, because Maths is my favourite subject. But don’t tell Sir.
- I really liked studying poetry as you are allowed to be creative whilst exploring new poems. I loved the courtroom drama we did whilst studying Mid-Term Break.
- I love the Independent Learning Projects as they allow you to be creative. I also like the fact that they are all different. One term I produced a flier, whereas the next term I gave a presentation. These projects also helped me to gain better levels, which made me feel more confident in English.