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Discussion in 'English' started by PETERPIPER, May 17, 2011.
Which KS? Ours varies....
I'm not sure what we had at primary, but when I taught KS3 English last year, we had five 1-hour sessions a week. What grades do you teach?
My resposne is with KS3 and 4 in mind as we have the same number of lessons in each:
OP has 175 minutes a week. That seems woefully little. Until I did the calculations.....
We have 6 hours a fortnight which works out at: 180 minutes a week. Still seems very little but is just about enough. I know a number of local schools where 7 hours a fortnight is what English receives.
I suppose you also have to ask how many lessons Maths and Science receive as well. Especailly at KS4, where Science often tries to play the Double Science card and school leaders seem to forget they get two GCSEs in English as well.
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7 hours a fortnight at KS3 and 3 a week at KS4, which seems daft for 2 subjects, but there you go.
Key stage 3 get 5 one hour lessons a fortnight
Key stage 4 get 6 one hour lessons a fortnight
Year 13 get 5 one hour lessons a fortnight
Looking at this, I'd say we're lucky. Three hours a week for KS3, four for KS4 and KS5
My current school has no VI form (weep) but we also had 4 hours a week at KS5 - and you need every second of that.
4 X 50 mins per week at KS3 and 4
5 X 50 mins per week at KS5
From September, we'll get 5x50 at KS3, but 4 and 5 will remain the same.
4 hours a week at KS3 plus one hour of English through Performing Arts and 4 hours a week at KS4 - aside from lower ability end of KS3 who get 5 hours a week of English.
I'd definitely have an hour a day if I had my way. That way we could actually do some proper enrichment - like the luxury of actually reading and discussing a novel! - instead of <u>only</u> drilling for a certain grade/level.
8 hours a fortnight KS4, 7 hours a fortnight KS3. Needless to say, all sorts want to cut the time. And, as others have said, we have the opportunity to truly embed a reading culture with the hours we do.
We do 100 minute lessons, so KS3 get 3 hrs 20 mins a week. KS4 will be getting 4 hrs 10 mins a week from next year, but at the moment Y11 only get 3 hrs 20 mins a week, while Y10 get 6 delightful hours. I am sick of the sight of them, and they of me.
6 hours a fortnight at KS3, and 7 hours a fortnight at KS4. There is talk (and it is looking more likely) of that going up to 7 hours a fortnight at KS3 and 8 at KS4!!
Year 7 - 4 X 1 hour lessons
Years 8 and 9 - 3 X 1 hour lessons
KS4 and KS5 - 4 X 1 hour lessons
Years 10 and 11 get nine 50 minute periods over two weeks. They never bloody go away.
I see my Year 11 and Year 10 every day of the week for 50 minutes: no time off for good behaviour for us.
Year 7 - 8 hours per fortnight (6 hours per fortnight for higher ability)
Years 8 and 9 - 6 hours per fortnight, but probably going up to 8 hours per fortnight
KS4 - 8 hours per fortnight.
At our school, science and maths get similar hours to us.