English is an extremely successful subject throughout the school with a tradition of outstanding Key Stage 3 and GCSE results. As a team our aims and objectives are:
• To promote excellence in the classroom in all aspect of learning and teaching enabling all students to reach their full potential.
• To develop a learning environment in which pupils are challenged and encouraged.
• To promote independent learning, preparing students for life after school as well as examination.
• To foster an enjoyment of creativity in both reading and writing.
• To achieve high standards of oral and written expression.
• To encourage a discerning and analytical response to visual and printed media..
• To promote the teaching of drama and media through English
• To enhance the teaching of English through enrichment activities.
• Mrs E McGovern – Assistant Team Leader (Acting)
• Miss K Marshall – Teacher of English & Media
• Mrs H Parsons – Teacher of English
• Miss L Wilson – Teacher of English
• Mrs L Marsh – Teacher of English
• Miss S Ashurst – Teacher of English
• Miss B Melia – Teacher of English
• Miss E Groves – Teacher of English & Media
• Mrs A Fowler – Teacher of English
• Mr D Webb – Teacher of English
Pupils in Key Stage 3 follow a course of study designed to cover the requirements of the
National Curriculum and to teach them the skills needed to achieve across the areas of:
speaking and listening, reading and writing. Students are taught how to progress through the levels by being given clear guidelines of what they must do to be awarded each level of attainment. There is currently a focus on the teaching of 19th Century texts during key stage 3 to enable students to transition more easily to the new GCSE criteria. There is a comprehensive and long established programme of events and close liaison with our feeder schools from KS2 to KS3.
Teachers deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, whilst also engaging, enriching and enthusing students in English.
Currently all students study English Language and English Literature.
Dependent on the needs of the students in any particular Year Group students may be entered for different Examination Boards, e.g. AQA or WJEC; to give the best possible outcomes for our students.
Each course offers lessons in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing based around:
• Exploring Cultures
• Literary Heritage
• Creative Writing
• Literary Texts
Since coursework has been withdrawn from the subject, all assessed work is completed under controlled conditions. This is largely in classrooms, in examination conditions, but may take place in the Hall where necessary. Some units may require independent research or unaided work on the part of the student; where this happens they will be fully supported and/or directed to ensure that they complete the research leading to their Controlled Assessment.
The most significant change to the curriculum is that the courses are now “linear” which means that examinations and Controlled Assessments are entered at the end of Year 11.
Please note that from time to time examination boards can change the structure of the courses and we will keep parents/carers and students informed of any changes in a timely manner.
There is a comprehensive and long established programme of events and close liaison with our feeder schools from KS4 to KS5.
To be successful on any of the English courses students need to develop the skills of writing at length, with accuracy, paying particular attention to spelling and punctuation. In reading students must explain the meaning of key words or phrases in detail. Speaking and Listening tasks require students to express themselves with clarity and purpose.
Weekly homework and essays reinforce the learning in the classroom and are essential practice for examinations and Controlled Assessments.
Please note that 2015/16 candidates will be taking AQA only.
For candidates taking their GCSE English Language and Literature in 2017 there is a new syllabus and grading system. This will be posted on the website in due course.
At Key Stage 3 students are assessed at the end of each scheme of learning. Feedback is given to the students and shared with parents. Students are expected to set themselves targets based on the feedback given and to act upon the targets set.
At Key Stage 4 students will complete controlled assessments throughout years 10 and 11 and then complete the terminal exam.
To be successful on any of the English courses students need to develop the skills of writing at length, with accuracy, paying particular attention to spelling and punctuation.
In reading students must explain the meaning of key words or phrases in detail.
Speaking and Listening tasks require students to express themselves with clarity and purpose.
For those students who will take exams in the summer of 2017 their GCSE will not only be linear but examination only.
Kindle Corner – Thursday after school M2
Film Club – Tuesday after school M4
Writing Club – Wednesday FLC
Reading / Book Club – M4
Theatre trips are a regular feature of the English calendar.
Mock Trial – year 8 students compete against other schools in a mock trial experiencing a real courtroom experience: magistrates, clerks, reporters etc
Homework may include: a mini essay, past exam questions or research.
Students at all Key Stages are encouraged to read widely.
In Yr8 they will be expected to read a Victorian novel of their choosing.
In Yt9 students will be asked to read a further novel by Dickens; in addition to A Christmas Carol read in class.
In years 10 & 11 students are asked to read a range of non fiction and to read further works by the authors on the syllabus. We advise that students read an online newspaper article on a weekly basis and discuss this with parents.
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