The Department’s schemes of work fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum. All pupils study English and English Literature at Key Stages 3 and 4 which covers poetry, drama, prose fiction, non-fiction and topical issues. At KS5 English Literature and English Language and Literature is offered at AS and A2 level.
All of our schemes are designed to enable students to effectively retain knowledge and apply it with increasing confidence to different contexts as they progress up the key stages. We do this through the following:
- Regular testing (through quizzes, discussion and questioning) and progress checks to assess key concepts and inform student reflections and targets for moving forward.
- Re-teaching where misconceptions or errors have been identified.
- Study skills embedded in the context of subjects across the curriculum where links can be made.
Developing literacy skills is at the heart of our curriculum in English with a focus on the Literacy Golden Threads embedded within our schemes. We intend to enable students to enjoy success across all subject areas and beyond the classroom. The English department strives to create successful young learners who are able to present themselves well and communicate in a range of different contexts to a high level in order to showcase the best they have to offer. We encourage our students to view English as both a pleasurable and practical subject that will develop skills which will allow them to compete within the challenging climate of the 21st century.
The Department offers many enrichment activities, including a creative writing club and book club. In addition, we emphasise the importance of live theatre and run many trips to local and national productions as well as offering in house workshops when possible. We are constantly striving to find new ways to inspire and enrich the learning experience of our students wherever possible and will continue to do so.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, our ‘back to basics’ mantra underpins our desire to ensure that all pupils have the literacy skills they require in order to access reading and writing tasks across the school curriculum. Proof-reading and self-assessment is encouraged in English as we strive to engage pupils with their own writing.
We are dedicated to providing the opportunity for our pupils to enjoy both modern and classic literature and to develop the skills needed to analyse other writers’ use of language. The ability to read and analyse both fiction and non-fiction, provides the building blocks for assessed writing at Key Stage 3. Our curriculum provides the opportunity to write in a range of forms from letters to speeches and for a range of purposes from descriptive to persuasive writing.
Key Stage 4
The KS4 cohorts will be taking the AQA English Language and AQA English Literature examinations for GCSE. They will be graded from 9 to 1 under the new GCSE grading system. All examinations will be closed text –meaning pupils will not be able to access the texts they have studied during the exam, therefore putting an emphasis on their ability to revise in preparation for examination.
Students in the Teal colour group will also complete AQA Functional English Level 1 and Level 2 alongside their AQA GCSE English Language and Literature. This specification aims to ensure students have good communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. It assesses whether students can use these skills in everyday situations and helps students to gain practical skills for the life, learning and work.
Key Stage 5
The English Department currently delivers 2 courses at A Level.
The OCR syllabus is offered for English Literature and is designed to build on what students already know from GCSE. It will encourage the development of critical awareness and understanding of individual works of literature. Students will also explore the relationships between texts, developing an understanding of the significance of cultural and contextual influences on readers and writers. Ultimately, the course allows students to develop the valuable transferable skills of sustained research and composition.
We also offer the OCR syllabus for English Language and Literature. Students will study a wide range of interesting and engaging literary and non-fiction texts. Students will explore narrative techniques in a prose study, produce original non-fiction creative writing, and build knowledge of non-fiction genres. Explore and make connections between texts using the analytical concepts and methods they learn during the course.
Miss K Webster – Department Leader of English
Mr L Mathews – KS4 English Intervention Coordinator
Miss K Ashford – Associate Assistant Vice Principal of Teaching and Learning
Mrs L Vaamonde – English Lead Practitioner
Mr W Greatrex – KS3 Curriculum Coordinator and Literacy Coordinator
Mr G DeCruz – Department Leader of Media, Head of Year 10
Mrs R Clark – Steps to Success Coordinator
Mrs H Gordon
Mrs E Garwood
Miss H Anderson
Mrs L Hendy
Ms F Moran
Mr K Stone