Berwick Middle School

Lovaine Terrace, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1LA

Berwick Middle School

Part of the Three Bridges Schools' Federation

  1. School Information
  2. Curriculum
  3. English


English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. Consequently, English is at the core of everything in our school. A high-quality education in English, which is what we offer at BMS, will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop within the three over-arching strands of everything we do at Berwick: ‘Be Involved’, ‘Make a Difference’ and ‘Strive to Succeed’. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised; it is the responsibility of all teachers at BMS to ensure this is not allowed to happen.


Our aim for English, in both KS2 and KS3, is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The BMS curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • are able to build on the skills and knowledge that they have acquired in an ever deepening pathway of learning throughout their time in school
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently; adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate