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English

In KS3 English, we study the following topics

  • prose, poetry and drama texts
  • three key areas of focus,  ‘Inform, Explain, Describe’, ‘Imagine, Explore, Entertain’ and ‘Argue, Persuade, Advise’
  • non-fiction: biographies and autobiographies; newspaper and magazine articles; editorials; brochures and leaflet; letters; emails
  • fiction: short stories, novels of various genres (humour, sci-fi, historical fiction etc)
  • moving images (adverts, film extracts, music videos)
  • Shakespeare:  ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘The Tempest’
  • poetry
  • preparation for GCSE: previous AQA ‘Anthology’ poems, ‘Of Mice and Men’

Assessment

  • three internal assessment points per term – Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
  • written and verbal feedback on each assessment coupled with individualised targets for every student
  • written and verbal formative feedback is given between assessment points
  • students self-assess and peer assess their work against clear and specific success criteria

Learning beyond the classroom

  • read, read, read! Students should read a range of texts including fiction and non-fiction
  • listen to audiobooks and ‘listen again’ radio programmes and podcasts
  • read local and national news websites and discuss stories/issues with parents/carers
  • watch films of texts studied and consider similarities/differences
  • create  and learn personalised spelling lists

Teachers of KS3 English

  • Mr J Riordan – Head of English
  • Miss L Schofield – Second in Department
  • Mrs K Job – Teacher of English
  • Miss J Marston  – Head of Lower School
  • Mrs N Stimson – Teacher of Drama and Head of Upper School
  • Mrs S Stell – Teacher of English
  • Mr I Allerton – Teacher of English
  • Mrs A Harris – Teacher of English
  • Mrs M Fowler – Teacher of English
  • Mr G Hollis – Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of English and History

In KS4 English ,we study the following topics

GCSE English Literature

  • poetry (15 poems from the ‘Power and Conflict’ section of the GCSE Poetry Anthology, plus Unseen Poetry)
  • prose (‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’)
  • drama (‘An Inspector Calls’ and ‘Macbeth’)

GCSE English Language

  • how to write creatively and analytically for a range of audiences
  • how to read and evaluate non-fiction texts analytically
  • how to improve our own spoken communication skills through Speaking and Listening tasks
  • how to understand the social, historical and cultural context of texts
  • how to work independently and think with originality and insight

Assessment

  • 100% external examination
  • GCSE English Literature : two exams Paper 1 (Macbeth and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) 1 hr 45; Paper 2 (An Inspector Calls and Poetry) 2 hrs 15
  • GCSE English Language: two exams Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (1 hr 45) and Paper 2 Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (I hr 45)
  • internal assessment at least once a term on writing and/or reading – written and verbal feedback provided with personalised targets
  • peer and self-assessment against exam mark schemes

 Learning beyond the classroom

  • read, read, read! Students should read a range of texts including fiction and non-fiction.
  • read local and national news websites and discuss stories/issues with parents/carers
  • listen to audiobooks and ‘listen again’ radio programmes and podcasts
  • watch films of texts studied and consider similarities/differences
  • attend lunch and after school revision sessions
  • complete past papers and follow Twitter revision feeds/revision blogs and websites

Teachers of KS4 English

  • Mr J Riordan – Head of English
  • Miss L Schofield – Second in Department
  • Mrs K Job – Teacher of English
  • Miss J Marston  – Head of Lower School
  • Mrs N Stimson – Teacher of Drama and Head of Upper School
  • Mrs S Stell – Teacher of English
  • Mr I Allerton – Teacher of English
  • Mrs A Harris – Teacher of English
  • Mrs M Fowler – Teacher of English
  • Mr G Hollis – Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of English and History
  • Mrs C Mitchell – Teacher of English

KS5 English Language

In KS5 English Language we work towards the full A Level over the following two year course

Year 12

  • Analysing linguistic frameworks by considering ‘Language and the Individual’ and ‘Language Varieties’         

These topic areas focus on areas such as ‘language and power’, ‘language and gender’ and ‘language and technology’. We also explore ‘regional and national variation’, ‘occupational group language use’, ‘language and gender’ and ‘language and social groups / status’.

  • Creating texts and writing in different genres for different audiences using style models

Year 13

  • Analysing and understanding linguistic frameworks by considering ‘Language, the Individual and Society’ and ‘Language Diversity and Change’. These topic areas cover AS content and also include ‘Child Language Development from 0 – 11 years’ and ‘Language Change over Time’
  • Understanding how to investigate language through a student-chosen extended language investigation and production of a piece of original writing

Assessment

A level

  • Two 2hr 30 min exams, each 40% of the A2 mark.
  • One language investigation and an original writing piece with commentary, totalling 3500 words and worth 20% of the A2 mark.
  • Students will receive written and/or verbal feedback at least twice a term from teaching staff and will peer/self-assess against exam criteria throughout each term

Learning beyond the classroom

  • identifying linguistic features of everyday texts (posters, leaflets, the back of tickets etc)
  • researching the origins of particular words on the ‘Online Etymological Dictionary’
  • researching key changes in context from 1800s onwards: fashion changes, youth culture, technological changes, social and cultural changes, changing warfare etc
  • listening to/ watching/reading the same news stories as reported by different broadcasters, social media platforms, newspapers etc

Teachers of KS5 English Language

  • Mr J Riordan – Head of Department
  • Miss L Schofield – Second in Department

KS5 English Literature

In KS5 English Literature, we work towards the full A Level over the following two year course

Year 12

  • ‘Love through the ages: Shakespeare and Poetry’ and ‘Love through the ages: Prose’
  • Texts include ‘Othello’, ‘A Streetcar Names Desire’ a pre-1900 Anthology of love poetry, ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’
  • Text comparison in relation to the writers’ choice of language, structure and form
  • Learning how to develop our arguments in essay writing

Year 13

  • ‘Love through the ages’: ‘Shakespeare and Poetry’ and ‘Love through the ages: Prose’. Texts include ‘The Color Purple’, ‘Othello’, a pre-1900 Anthology of love poetry and ‘The Great Gatsby’
  • ‘Texts in shared contexts’: Texts include ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, ’The Color Purple’, a post-2000 poetry text and a range of unseen poetry.
  • We complete an extended essay comparing key texts. This is a significant part of the course and helps to develop comparative skills which will be vital in the exam.

Assessment

A level

  • One 3hr exam on ‘Love through the ages’ (40% of A2)
  • One 2 hr 30min exam on ‘Texts in shared contexts’ (40% A2)
  • One extended comparative essay of 2500 words (20% A2
  • Students will receive written and/or verbal feedback at least twice a term from teaching staff and will     peer/self-assess against exam criteria throughout each term

 Learning beyond the classroom

  • Reading articles from the ‘English Review’ which is available in the library
  • Watching film, theatre and TV versions of texts studied and compare to the written texts
  • Researching the lives and historical/social/cultural contexts of the writers we study
  • Keeping a thorough record of ‘wider reading’ quotes grouped thematically and chronologically
  • Making your own films of key poems, chapters, scenes etc
  • We advise students to purchase their own copies of the texts that we study

Teachers of KS5 English Literature

·         Mr J Riordan – Head of English

·         Mrs K Job – Teacher of English