English Teaching Staff
Mrs J Amos: Curriculum Leader
Mrs F Meaden: Second in Department
Miss K Egan
Mrs E Hitchins
Mrs L Taylor
Mrs C Brown
Why English is Important
English is the most important subject in the curriculum. The courses followed by students are designed to encourage them to interpret explicit and implicit meaning, synthesise evidence and comment on the use of structure and language used by writers. Personal response is actively encouraged as is the establishing of links between texts regardless of whether they were written over several centuries.
Ultimately, students will leave Year 11 with two GCSE’s in Language and Literature, having focussed on reading, writing and spoken language.
English is crucial in any career and the first subject that employers will look for on an application form to confirm the grade that a student has achieved.
Crucially, a student who has not achieved the minimum of a grade 5 at GCSE (equivalent to the old ‘C’ grade), will be required to continue to study this subject up to the age of 18 or until the grade 5 is attained.
Pedagogical Approach to English
Students will have a ‘blended learning’ model delivered to them whereby work in class will require them to work individually, in pairs and in groups to share their personal responses to the texts that we study.
A large quantity of reading will be undertaken and extended writing pieces completed under increasing time limits to nurture the pace and accuracy with which work is produced and enable students to experience the demands of their final exams in Year 11.
Home Learning will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate what they have applied in lessons.
At Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11) students have 5 hours a week of English and at Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8) students have 4 hours of English a week.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7 and 8, the delivery of the English curriculum is taught through a different genre per term. For example, Year 7 will spend the Autumn term focusing on the fantasy genre and Year 8 the gothic genre. Through these genres they will develop both their reading and writing skills. They will explore a variety of fictions texts, Shakespeare and poetry and will be introduced to the skills needed for GCSE study.
Key Stage 4
Students will study for two GCSE’s; one in English Language and one in English Literature and will be required to complete four exam papers at the end of KS4. (Two in English Language and two in English Literature).
These exams are now graded 1-9 and are assessed by examinations only. In addition, students will complete a Spoken Language Assessment for their English Language GCSE which is separately endorsed by the exam board.
Students continue to develop the skills they have been introduced to at KS3 and focus on developing their reading and writing. In English language paper 1 students will need to be able to identify implicit and explicit information, analyse language and structure and evaluate writers’ methods. They must also be able to write creatively either writing to describe or narrate.
Students need to be able to read a wide range of texts from different time periods. In Language Paper 2, students need to identify implicit and explicit information, be able to summarise and synthesis information, analyse language and compare writers’ perspectives and viewpoints. They must also be able to write to express a viewpoint.
During KS4 students will begin to study the literature texts for GCSE and will continue to revisit them during these three years.
The following texts are studied for GCSE English Literature:
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
19th Novel: A Christmas Carol
Modern Text: An Inspector Calls
In addition to these texts, students study the Poetry and Conflict Anthology which is made up of 16 poems.
For each of these texts, students must read the whole text and understand the plot, characters, themes and the historical context in which the text was originally written.