VISION & INTENT
'What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.' - Carl Sagan
The study of English Language and Literature is not merely to pass exams but to nurture in students the love of reading, writing and the spoken language. We want to give our students the opportunities to explore the best of our literary heritage whilst inspiring them to go on to become responsible young adults who will make a difference to the world they live in.
ENGLISH KEY STAGE 3
In years 7 and 8, students focus on developing skills which they will consolidate in KS4. This will be done through their study of novels, plays, poetry and non- fiction texts. They will also learn to write for different purposes and audiences whilst honing their understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar. The following are the texts currently being studied:
Yr 7 Term 1 - Transition Tests, Caribbean Poetry
Term 2 - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Yr 8 Term 1 - Wonder (with some associated non-fiction)
Term 2 - War poetry
YR 7 Term 1 - Frankenstein/Dracula
Term 2 - The Highwayman, Romantic poetry and Sonnets
Yr 8 Term 1 - Shakespeare The Tempest
Term 2 - Graphic Novels
Yr 7 Term 1 - Literary non-fiction:project based, students pick a literary non-fiction text (student friendly biographies). Students do a presentation and an essay
Term 2 - End of year exams and Roald Dahl short stories
Yr 8 Term 1 - Animal Farm or Kestrel for a Knave
Term 2 - End of year exams and Daphne De maurier short stories
ENGLISH KEY STAGE 4
In years 9, 10 and 11, students prepare for their English Language and Literature GCSEs. They are grouped according to ability in flexible sets which are reviewed regularly, allowing for students who make progress to be promoted. Grades are reported at the end of each half term. Final GCSEs, which are single tiered, closed book and taken at the end of year 11.
YR 9 Term 1 - Of Mice and Men
Term 2 - Poems from different cultures
Yr 10 Term 1 - Literature: Macbeth, Language: Writing to describe and narrate
Term 2 - Literature: Poems from AQA Anthology (non-fiction and literary non-fiction texts linked to the poems will also be studied). Language: Writing to describe and narrate.
Yr 11 Term 1 - Literature: a Christmas Carol or a Sign of Four
Term 2 - Language Paper 1 and Paper 2, Mock Examinations and Poetry Examinations and Poetry Revision
Yr 9 Term 1 - Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice
Term 2 - Literary non-fiction: Touching the Void/My Left Foot
Yr 10 Term 1 - Literature: An Inspector Calls
Term 2 - Language: Paper 1, Literature: Poetry
Yr 11 Term 1 - Literature Mock 1 Examinations, Macbeth revision and Language revision
Term 2 - Language Mock 2 examinations, Poetry and Language revision
Yr 9 Term 1 - A View from the Bridge
Term 2 - Exam preparation, Edgar Allan Poe Short Stories (Tell tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado)
Yr 10 Term 1 - Language Paper 2 and Literature Poetry
Term 2 - End of year examinations, revisit Macbeth and Poetry
Yr 11 Term 1 - Revision for Exams and Literature Mock 2 examinations
Term 2 - GCSE Examinations
ACADEMIC INTERVENTION IN ENGLISH
Exam Skills will be offered to students in years 10 and 11 to practise past papers in exam conditions. This will take place on: Mondays: Year 11 (4pm to 5pm) and Wednesdays: Year 10 (4pm to 5pm)
Students who need further help will be offered one to one tuition. All KS3 intervention will take during lunch times or before lessons in the morning. Parents will be informed in advance.
Homework is set once a week ranging from research, comprehension or writing tasks. Homework is set on DPR. Teachers will include useful websites and documents where appropriate. Regular completion of homework allows for consolidation of topics learnt in lessons. It is important that students do their homework to a good standard.
ENRICHMENT & EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Educational visits to theatres, museums and parks are important in taking lessons beyond the classroom to make the plays, stories, characters and settings come alive. We hold the Jack Petchey Speakout training to develop students’ public speaking skills and memorise poems for the Poetry By Heart competitions. Debate Mate run after - school clubs to develop students’ debating skills. Celebrations of National Poetry and Book Days promote the importance and love of reading.
Reading is at the heart of everything we do in English. We believe that good readers will become good writers. Every student is encouraged to read either through the Accelerated Reading Programme or by borrowing books from the collections in their English classes. Comic Club and Reading Clubs are offered to reluctant and enthusiastic readers. We encourage parents to include reading as part of students’ daily routines.
The study of English is not just for school: it is for life. We want our students to leave school, confident that they can express who they are and become better individuals simply because they were inspired by the stories, the characters or the teacher who taught it to them.
We want to make sure that our students not only make excellent progress but are also supported during these very challenging times. The teachers in the English department are here to support you with any concerns you may have regarding students’ study of English and Literature. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
USEFUL LINKS & RESOURCES FOR ENGLISH
Resources available soon.
CONTACT DETAILS FOR ENGLISH
Lina Dileepkumar - Curriculum Team Leader of English
Michael Twyman - Subject Coordinator of English
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ADDITIONAL SUPPORT & INFORMATION
Please keep an eye out for the latest news on English interventions, educational visits, events & workshops, together with news on various competitions our students will be involved in.