‘In English we will nourish students’ passion for our subject, equip them with the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to succeed in all walks of life.’
During KS3, students have the ability to widen and explore their understanding of English as a subject beyond KS2. We work with partner primaries to ensure this is as seamless as possible. Students get the opportunity to study an eclectic mix of different text types, from fictional novels to biographies, always taking into account the individual needs of our students. They will develop their analytical and evaluative skills, as well as their writing skills across the English curriculum. For pupils whose reading skills would benefit from intervention, we have a separate curriculum: the Ruth Miskin Fresh Start programme, to enable students to catch up to their peers as quickly as possible. For the more gifted in the subject area, we give the opportunity to study more difficult and demanding texts. The main aim of the KS3 English curriculum is to ensure that all students not only develop skills and enjoy learning, but to get students as ready as possible for the demands of the KS4 curriculum.
Across KS3, we run a reading programme called Accelerated Reader. Students are expected to read a book, targeted at their reading level, for the first 20 minutes of each English lesson. Quizzes on these books then allow teachers to monitor and facilitate student progress even more closely. We have found this programme to be very successful, not only in improving students’ ability in English, but also in creating a culture of enjoyment of reading across the key stage.
If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught, please contact: Mrs. Bartlett, Acting Head of Department.
Students study both English Language and English Literature across the three years. This means all students have the opportunity to achieve two GCSEs in English. The exam board for both qualifications is Eduqas.
Currently for this qualification, 100% of the course is assessed by two examinations. In Component 1, students must demonstrate their ability to A) read and understand a piece of fictional text, and then B) to be able to write creatively. For Component 2, students must demonstrate their ability to A) analyse and compare non-fiction texts, and B) write in a range of styles, including letters, articles, speeches, reports and reviews.
Currently for this qualification, 100% of the course is assessed by two examinations. Component One is two hours long. In Section A, students answer an extract and whole text question on a Shakespeare text; our choice for this is ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Section B is the Post-1789 poetry section. Throughout the year, students will study an anthology of poetry. In the exam, they will be given one of these poems and will be asked to compare it to another from memory. Component Two is two hours and thirty minutes long. In Section A, students answer a source based question on ‘An Inspector Calls’. In Section B, students have to answer a source based question on ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Section C is on unseen poetry – poems that students have not been taught before.
If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught, please contact: Mrs. A Bartlett, Acting Head of Department.
At A-level, students have an opportunity to continue using the skills they have gained working at Key Stages Three and Four, but with a focus on working at a more advanced and more challenging level. The course followed is the AQA combined English Language and English Literature qualification, which we strongly believe offers the best of both worlds for our students. The students continue to employ the reading and writing skills learned at GCSE, with an added emphasis on the use of new terminology and analytical ways of interpreting meanings. We encourage those wishing to take English at A-level to be sure that they have a love of our subject in order to find enjoyment in the high demands that it asks of them. That said, we believe that the range of texts available does offer something to encourage the vast majority of interests. Students will be expected to compare texts and produce a piece of creative writing based on these, with an accompanying commentary. There will be an individual coursework task which asks them to compare literary and non-literary texts, and they can choose which texts they use and the title of their individual investigation. In order to prepare for all of this, students will also study a range of plays and poetry. They will also gain insight into some of the world’s greatest minds by exploring the work of established and successful writers. We cover poetry by Carol Ann Duffy, novels from gothic fiction such as Dracula and Frankenstein, social commentary novels from contemporary war zones and a broad selection of texts which focus on the city of Paris. The department does offer the AS qualification at the end of Y12, and we encourage our students to continue their studies as is appropriate for those wishing to undertake the full A-level.
Monday 2.30pm-3.30pm: Y11 English Revision with Core English teachers
Monday 2.30pm-3.30pm: Creative Writing Club in G.06
Thursday 2.30pm-3.30pm: Y12 Revision in G.10
Friday 2.30pm-3.30pm: Y13 Revision in G.10
If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught, please contact Mrs. A Bartlett, Acting Head of Department.