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English

Welcome to the English Department

Lead Teacher

Mrs S Stott
English

The Team:

Mrs K Morrison-Johnson
Assistant Lead Teacher (KS4) and Literacy Co-Ordinator

Mr L Atiyah
Assistant Lead Teacher (KS3)

Mr G Davies
Teacher of English

Mrs C Gissing
English Teacher, SENCo and Director of Inclusion

Miss K Hicks
Teacher of English

Miss C Ambrose

Teacher of English


Introduction to the Department:

 

English is a compulsory subject that is at the heart of the school’s drive to improve pupils’ literacy, so that they can not only access all subjects but also so that they are prepared for further education, work and life as adults.

It is these essential skills that pupils get the chance to both practice and manipulate in their English lessons, covering the three core skills: reading, writing and speaking and listening. We encourage pupils to identify the ways that they learn in English so that they can transfer the skills across other subjects.

At KS4, pupils study two GCSEs- Language and Literature. Both heavily rely on comprehension, inference, language analysis and evaluating the author’s choices- a very demanding skill set. It is imperative that your children are encouraged to read fiction and non-fiction in order to develop these skills.

Pupils will study a range of texts from across different culture and time periods. From Alice in Wonderland in Year 7, to Frankenstein in Year 10; pupils will engage with a range of difficult topics such as: fantasy and myths; the morals and ethics of the death penalty; designer babies and genetic engineering; love and relationships; war and prejudice - topics which force pupils to think philosophically about the world around them.

Pupils will learn how texts are structured and moulded to achieve particular effects on the reader. Using this understanding, they will then learn the craft of writing and of using punctuation and grammar to convey shades of meaning in their own written work.

Approximately each half term, students will complete one formal assessment with a focus on reading, writing or speaking and listening; during the course of each year there will also be regular spelling and grammar assessments which are marked using GCSE criteria for all year groups.

Year 7 outline of schemes of work/medium terms plans:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

The Self

The Unknown

Conflict

  • Comprehension
  • Writing to entertain
  • Literacy
  • Comprehension
  • Inference
  • Writing to describe, inform and entertain
  • Literacy
  • Comprehension
  • Inference
  • Critical writing and reading
  • Analysis: Language and Structure
  • Writing to argue and persuade
  • Literacy

Year 8 outline of scheme of work/medium terms plans:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Home and Away

Rights and Wrongs

Reckoning: Judgements, Decisions and Dilemmas

  • Comprehension
  • Writing to inform
  • Literacy
  • Comprehension
  • Inference
  • Writing to describe, inform and entertain
  • Literacy
  • Comprehension
  • Inference
  • Critical writing and reading
  • Analysis: Language and Structure
  • Writing to argue and persuade
  • Literacy

Key Stage 4 Information:

Key stage 4 begins at the start of year 9 and all students are entered for both English Language and English Literature at the end of Year 11.

  • During Year 9 pupils complete a unit of work on the modern novel, studying a variety of extracts and one complete novel. Building on the skills developed in the modern novel, pupils will then study a range of writing skills in relation to fiction and non-fiction texts linked to the theme of Crime and Punishment before beginning the study of Shakespeare.
  • In year 10 students will complete their Shakespeare text; study an Anthology of poems, provided by AQA; study a modern text and develop the skills needed for their final GCSEs.
  • Year 11 is used for students to revise and refine the skills required for both English Language and English Literature final GCSEs.

Examination Board used:

We follow the AQA exam board for the majority of students; some Year 11s may follow iGCSE English Language.

Qualification to be obtained:

GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.