English

English

 

The English Department

We aim to ensure that English skills are developed within a supportive environment and that creativity and independence are encouraged.  Members of the English Department share a love of their subject and a determination to provide English lessons for all our pupils that are lively, stimulating and challenging. The skills developed in English are central for access to the full curriculum. Literacy and communication skills are essential if students are to leave school equipped to deal with the demands of modern life. The English Department strive to develop these skills in each and every student.  We aim to engage students in activities that will capture their interest and encourage them to take an active part in their learning.

English teachers aim to ensure that all students learn:

  • to communicate effectively in speech and writing,
  • to understand and respond imaginatively and critically to what they hear,
  • to read and experience a variety of media
  • to enjoy both modern and classical literature in all its forms

The aim is that the students should acquire regular habits of reading, writing and taking part in speaking and listening activities. Through this work they will be helped to develop their skills in these areas. We hope they will also enjoy their lessons and their homework.

STUDENTS WILL READ:

a range of stories, novels, poetry, plays, non-fiction and media texts.

STUDENTS WILL NEED TO:

  • show that they can understand what they have read
  • take part in class and group discussion activities
  • produce a range of different types of writing, e.g. stories, poems, plays, letters and opinion writing
  • plan their writing
  • write clearly and accurately
  • learn to check and edit their writing
  • use ICT as a tool for research and to enhance writing skills
  • develop their note taking skills
  • give a short talk to the class
  • take part in some problem based learning and develop their research and organisational skills.

PARENTS COULD HELP BY:

  • reading and commenting on students? written work
  • listening to students reading aloud from their library book
  • discussing the books that are brought home
  • helping students to learn their individual spelling lists.

The aim in Year 8 is that the students should acquire regular habits of reading, writing and taking part in speaking and listening activities. Through this work they will be helped to develop their skills in these areas. We hope they will also enjoy their lessons and their homework.

STUDENTS WILL READ:

a range of stories, novels, poetry, plays, non-fiction and media texts

STUDENTS WILL NEED TO:

  • show that they can understand what they have read
  • take part in class and group discussion activities
  • give a short talk to the class
  • produce a range of different types of writing, e.g. stories, poems, plays,
  • letters and opinion writing
  • plan their writing
  • write clearly and accurately
  • learn to check and edit their writing
  • use ICT as a tool for research and to enhance writing skills
  • develop their note taking skills
  • take part in some problem based learning and develop their research and organisational skills.

PARENTS COULD HELP BY:

  • reading and commenting on students? written work
  • listening to students reading aloud from their library books
  • discussing the books that are brought home
  • helping students to learn their individual spelling lists.

In Year 9 students are prepared for the end of key stage assessments and are helped to develop skills which will be useful for the GCSE courses which they will begin in the following year.

STUDENTS WILL:

  • read a range of stories, novels, poetry, plays, non-fiction and media texts
  • read at least some extracts from a Shakespeare play
  • read some modern poetry and some pre-20th century poetry
  • use the library regularly.

STUDENTS WILL NEED TO:

  • show that they can understand what they have read
  • make some comments about how a piece of writing achieves its effects
  • take part in class and group discussion activities
  • plan their writing
  • write clearly and accurately
  • learn to check their writing
  • use ICT as a tool for research and to enhance writing skills.

PARENTS COULD HELP BY:

  • reading and commenting on students? written work
  • discussing newspaper and magazine articles
  • looking out for films, videos or TV programmes relating to the Shakespeare play studied.

Students study one of the following routes to GCSE:

2 GCSEs in English Language and Literature

  • 1 GCSE in English
  • Or an additional opportunity to study IGCSE English Language in certain circumstances.

Students will complete a series of controlled assessments and examinations in order to fulfil the requirements of the course.

If completing controlled assessments for English Language:

  • Students will study a range of poetry from the Relationships cluster of the anthology and will also learn to discuss poetic techniques and their effects
  • Responding to a brief. This will involve students in producing writing to fulfil a particular brief, for example writing a newspaper column
  • Students will learn how to analyse spoken language and to develop an understanding of how different language forms are used in different circumstances
  • Students will take part in a range of speaking and listening activities.

There will be 1 external examination with 2 sections (English Language Unit 1).

Students will be tested on their reading of non-fiction texts and on their writing skills.

For Literature, students will study at least 1 Shakespeare play for controlled assessment Unit 3 and will compare this with a text from the Literary Heritage.

They will have 2 examinations: Unit 2 Literature Poetry, and Unit 1 Short Stories and Of Mice and Men.

If completing controlled assessments for English:

  • Students will work on improving their written accuracy and on developing their study skills and the ability to analyse texts
  • They will develop their reading skills by reading and analysing non-fiction texts and focus on using P.E.E. and merging quotes into their writing. They will also focus on giving a personal response to a text
  • Controlled assessments will be as follows: Students will study poetry from the Relationships cluster of the AQA anthology. Students will study a Shakespeare play and will be asked to analyse the themes and language of the play. Students will read and analyse Of Mice and Men. They will consider how characterisation and voice are portrayed in the novel.
  • Writing a narrative. Creative Writing.  Prompts and Recreations.

Students will take part in a range of speaking and listening activities. There will be 1 external examination with 2 sections (English Unit 1). Students will be tested on their reading of non-fiction texts and on their writing skills.

All controlled assessments will be conducted in exam conditions during normal lesson time. Your son/daughter will be prepared for the assessment in advance. You can help your child by discussing the texts the students bring home to study, by helping them to practice their speaking and listening presentations and by encouraging them to read a range of non-fiction texts.