English

Teachers

  • Sophia Wilson, Director of Learning
  • Tracie May, Assistant Director of Learning
  • Claire Cosham
  • Sarita Dallimore
  • Melanie Dunnaway
  • Sabrina Giles
  • Thomas Joyce
  • Alistair Larter
  • Beverley Linnett
  • Vicky Neal
  • Maria Oancea

English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects. In studying English, pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment. Pupils learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively.

Literature in English is rich and influential. It reflects the experiences of people from many countries and times and contributes to our sense of cultural identity. Pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts, gaining access to the pleasure and world of knowledge that reading offers. Looking at the patterns, structures, origins and conventions of English helps pupils understand how language works. Using this understanding, pupils can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations, as well as appreciate and interpret the choices made by other writers and speakers.

Year group or Course title

Year 7 & 8 – Introduction to the study of English at Secondary school

Course content

Over the course of two years, using a wide range of texts and activities, pupils will develop, enhance and improve the core skills required in Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening.  

Assessment

In Year 7 pupils are assessed without levels on the three key aspects (Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening).  Year 8 Pupils will be assessed each term on the three key aspects (Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening) and given an overall level based on these assessments.

Equipment Needed

Dictionary

Thesaurus

Library card

Homework

Homework is set every week and may comprise a reading or a writing task.

Pupils are advised to spend a minimum of three hours a week on personal reading.

Enrichment opportunities

Cinema/ theatre visits

Creative writing competitions

 

Year group or Course title

Year 9 – Preparation for GCSE

Course content

Over the course of the year, pupils will be exposed to the same type of texts and tasks which they will face in their GCSE years.

Assessment

Pupils will be assessed each term on the three key aspects (Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening) and given an overall grade based on these assessments.

Equipment Needed

Dictionary

Thesaurus

Library card

Homework

Homework is set every week and may comprise a reading or a writing task.

Pupils are advised to spend a minimum of four hours a week on personal reading.

Enrichment opportunities

Cinema/ theatre visits

Creative writing competitions

 

Year group or Course title

GCSE

Course content

Pupils will take a double award GCSE (GCSE   ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE).

We follow the WJEC Eduqas exam board syllabi.

Assessment

Pupils are assessed through examination at the   end of the two year course. Throughout the course pupils will sit ‘mock’  assessments.

Equipment Needed

Dictionary

Thesaurus

Library card

Homework

Homework is set every week and is used as   preparation for exams. It is essential for the progress of your child that   s/he completes all homework set.

In addition, pupils are advised to spend a   minimum of four to five hours a week on personal reading.

Enrichment opportunities

Cinema/ theatre visits

Creative writing competitions

 

Year group or Course title

AS and A2 Level English Literature

Course content

A Level Literature (Edexcel)

Students will explore a combination of poetry, prose and drama from a  

range of writers, genres and periods.

Assessment

Pupils are assessed via a combination of exam (80%) and coursework   (20%)

Equipment Needed

Set texts: (Check titles and publication versions with C Cosham and A   Larter)

AS: Frankenstein, The Handmaid’s Tale, A Streetcar Named Desire or  

The Importance of Being Ernest

A2: Hamlet or Measure for Measure and individual coursework texts

Dictionary

Thesaurus

Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Library card

Homework

Homework tasks will be designed to hone and develop the skills required for

Completing the coursework and succeeding in the exams; 

A level students are expected to read for a minimum of 5 hours a week.

Enrichment opportunities

Cinema/theatre visits

Creative writing competitions

 

Year group or Course title

AS and A2 Level English Language

Course content

A Level Language (Edexcel)

Students will explore individual language variation and language change over time as well as learning how children’s spoken and written language develops.

Students will undertake their own language investigation regarding either power or gender and will write and evaluate their own original texts.

Assessment

Pupils are assessed via a combination of exam (80%) and coursework (20%)

Equipment Needed

Dictionary

Thesaurus

Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Library card

Homework

Homework tasks will be designed to hone and develop the skills required for completing the coursework and succeeding in the exams. A level students are expected to read for a minimum of 5 hours a week.

Enrichment opportunities

Cinema/ theatre visits

Creative writing competitions