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Sandbach School specialises in educating boys. Every aspect of school life is geared to create the right environment for boys to thrive. Statistically evidence from the UK and around the world demonstrates that boys achieve higher results and make better progress in single sex schools. We make no apology for focusing upon academic achievement and setting aspirational targets for our young men. But we balance this with a co-curricular programme of out of class activities which teaches our boys the need for hard work and effort before tasting success. Results academically are impressive: last year 89% achieved a level 4 or above in Maths, 80% in English and 75% gained the old measure of 5A*-C grades including English and Maths. All students left with qualifications which supported their chosen pathway – many returning to our Sixth Form but others gaining prestigious apprenticeships.

In other areas our boys have also excelled. Our aim is always to support them whatever their talent and passion and so the range of opportunity is truly expansive. We have had elite runners taking part by invitation in the London Mini Marathon. Students who have successfully made the national finals in table tennis and cross country. We are U16 county hockey champions and U14 runners-up. U13 Cheshire football champions and Cheshire County finalists in two other age groups. One of our students made the final of the percussion BBC Young Musician of the Year with another winning the best instrumental soloist at the National Youth Brass Band Championships. These are just a few of the successes from last year!

I hope that the website gives you a flavour of our ethos and values. If you would like to know more we warmly welcome you to visit us.

Mrs Sarah Burns

 

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English

Transition and Induction Phase (Year 7 & 8) 

Program of study 

Students have 8 English lessons each fortnight.  In Year 7 & 8, boys have one reading and skills lesson each week as part of their studies.

 

Assessment & Homework 

In years 7 & 8, students will be set one piece of homework each week, which will be linked to the scheme of work being studied. Show My Homework will be used to set homework tasks including quizzes and spelling tests.

 

Year 7

Half Term

Curriculum content

Autumn 1

What do you know about Sandbach School? Students will use the theme of ‘My School’ to explore different forms of writing and develop their reading skills.

Autumn 2

Explore the mysteries of ‘Room 13’. Students will study a play incorporating drama and developing their persuasive writing. 

Spring 1

Skellig. Students will read, analyse and evaluate David Almond’s short novel ‘Skellig’, using it as inspiration for extended writing.

Spring 2

Childhood through the ages. Explore a range of texts covering the broad theme of ‘Childhood’ from the Romantic period to the present day.  

Summer 1

Let’s start at the very beginning. Experiment with different ways of ‘Opening and Ending’ fiction texts using a wide range of modern fiction as inspiration.

Summer 2

What is our heritage?  A study of a selection of heritage short stories.

 

Assessment Maps 2017/18 Year 7 can be found HERE

 

Year 8

Half Term

Curriculum content

Autumn 1

Dracula, Frankenstein and many more. Students will study the ‘Gothic’ genre to understand the conventions of the genre, crafting their writing to suit this style.

 

Autumn 2

Is this some Shakespeare I see before me? Students will read Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’, exploring the use of language and how it was received in context.

Spring 1

‘Boy in The Striped Pyjamas.’ A full term is dedicated to John Boyne’s emotional novel set in WW2, considering author’s craft, readers’ views and the context of the book.

Spring 2

As above

Summer 1

The pen is mightier than the sword – exploring the language of “poetry and protest” throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

Summer 2

‘The unsinkable Titanic’ is the inspiration for this half term. Students will read a range of texts based on this historic ship, developing research, speaking and listening skills.

 

Assessment Maps 2017/18 Year 8 can be found HERE

 

GCSE English Language information can be found HERE.  

GCSE English Literature information can be found HERE.

A Level English Language information can be found HERE. 

A Level English Literature information can be found HERE. 

Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma in Media information can be found HERE.

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