Confidence and competence in English is, of course, very important to success in this and other subjects. The English department works hard to ensure that all pupils are effective communicators – when both writing and speaking, and that they understand all forms of written communication when reading. We also endeavour to produce a love of literature in our students.
Literacy Club, held on Thursdays in E2, offers support to pupils in years 7 and 8 who need extra help in the subject. There are also opportunities to participate in Creative Writing competitions and various drama activities.
The English department is housed within a suite of three rooms. These comprise ‘The Lecture Theatre’, a large space particularly suited to drama activities, and E1 and E2, which are more traditional classrooms. Each room has a data projector and desktop computer.
CurriculumAt key stage 3 pupils study a variety of non-fiction, fiction, poetry and drama, as well as developing their literacy skills and creativity. At least one pre-20th century text is studied in each year, with all year 8 pupils studying A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In year 7, pupils study a selection from: The Eighteenth Emergency, Private Peaceful, Greek Myths, Autobiography, including Roald Dahl’s Boy, The Hound of the Baskervilles (drama), a selection of poetry and media texts.
In year 8, pupils study a selection from: Holes, Stone Cold, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Heroes, Mystery Stories of the 19th Century, a selection of poetry and media texts.
Throughout KS3, pupils’ written work is given a National Curriculum level and is collected together in a portfolio, which is moderated in year 8 to inform their end of key stage Teacher Assessment level in conjunction with internal exams in January and June each year assess pupil’s progress against National Curriculum levels.
In year 9, all pupils embark upon AQA’s GCSE English Language and English Literature; this first year acting as a foundation for the externally assessed elements in years 10 and 11. Students are taught in four groups for four hours per week. The courses assess the key skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing through a combination of written examination and controlled assessment which is completed in years 10 and 11 and require students to study a variety of texts and genres, including Shakespeare. Students are prepared for their exams through a series of internal tests and mock exams.
English Literature continues to be a popular choice at both AS and A2 level. Students follow AQA’s specification A. The course consists of four modules (two at AS and two at A2). The course adopts a themed approach. At AS students explore “The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature”, whereas at A2 they focus on “Love Through the Ages”. Teaching is less formal than at KS3 and KS4 and seeks to build on the discussion skills and love of literature acquired throughout the compulsory teaching of this subject. It is essential that students read widely, and theatre visits are organised whenever appropriate in order to enrich the curriculum.
|Mr Belton||English Teacher and Lead Teacher for Creativity|
|Mrs Dennis||Subject Leader|
|Mrs Hall||English Teacher|
|Mrs Hull||English Teacher and Specialist Assessor|
|Mrs Richley||English Teacher|