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 –Teacher of English
• Miss K Marshall – Assistant Subject Team Leader of English
• Mrs H Parsons – Teacher of English
• Mrs L Marsh – Teacher of English
• Miss S Ashurst – Teacher of English
• Miss E Groves – Teacher of English & Media
• Mrs A Fowler – Teacher of English & Media
• Mr D Webb – Teacher of English
• Mrs R Hull – 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 by being given clear guidelines of what they must do to be awarded each higher levels 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 and follow the AQA GCSE syllabus.
The course offers lessons in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing based around:
• Exploring Cultures
• Literary Heritage
• Creative Writing
• Literary Texts
The most significant change to the curriculum this year is that the courses are now “linear” which means examination only 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.
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At Key Stage 4 students will complete regular assessments throughout years 10 and 11; each year they will complete mock exams and then complete the terminal exam at the end of year 11.
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
BBC News Club – Monday M9
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At Key Stage 4 weekly homework and essays reinforce the learning in the classroom and are essential practice for examinations.
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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