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English

The English Department has steadily improved student achievement over the last few years, and this year has seen further significant changes to the Department’s structure as we look to continue to raise standards in line with the high expectations of the school.

In addition there is the option to take Media Studies at GCSE and A level and Film Studies at A Level.

 
 
Learning Area

Staff

13 full time and 2 part time specialists; a part time Intervention teacher.

Amongst these we have a Lead Practitioner and the school’s Literacy Coordinator.

Structure

The Head of Department is assisted by Key Stage Coordinators for 3 and 5.

Examination courses for KS4

Our students study the AQA integrated English language and English Literature courses.

For Media, we follow the AQA GCSE Media Studies course.

Examination  courses for KS5

We offer  the following A Level courses:

English Language and Literature - AQA specification B

English Literature - AQA

Media Studies - AQA

Film Studies – AQA

GCSE examination results

               A*-C    (or grades 4-9)

2015      57%              

2016      65%

2017       58%

A Level examination results

In 2017, all of our A level students passed their A2 examinations, with 25% achieving A*-B.

Timetable structure

We have a two week timetable with all KS3 and 4 year groups having 8 hours a fortnight of English.

Media is an option subject at KS4 and has 5 lessons a fortnight.

KS5 subjects have 9 lessons per fortnight.

Intervention

We have intervention programmes for Year 11. These are being extended to intervention lessons for KS3 students whose literacy skills are in need of development. We also utilise a range of in class intervention strategies daily and have an ambitious Accelerated Reader programme in place for Years 7 and 8.

Additional resources

We have access to a range of computer suites, as well as appropriate technology to support Media and Film Studies including Media suites.


CURRICULUM PLAN

KEY STAGE

YEAR

AUTUMN 1

AUTUMN 2

SPRING 1

SPRING 2

SUMMER 1

SUMMER 2

KEY STAGE 3

7

 

Dragon’s Den – Learn how to write for a variety of purposes with a focus on writing to persuade.

Poet Study – Study the work of a poet of your teacher’s choosing.

Detective Fiction Writing.

Novel Study – Study a novel of your teacher’s choosing.

Survival – non-fiction writing.

Shakespeare Study – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’

8

Genre Study – Gothic Horror.

Media Studies – a taster of studying Media at GCSE.

Breaking News – Writing to inform.

19th Century thematic study – learning about the context of 19th century authors.

Transformational writing – recreating famous texts in different forms.

Modern play study – study a modern play of your teacher’s choosing.

KEY STAGE 4

9

 

Novel Study – ‘Of Mice and Men’ or ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.

Creative writing – writing to describe and entertain.

Poetry comparison – study two poems and write a comparative essay.

Shakespeare study – ‘Romeo and Juliet’, or ‘Macbeth’ or ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’

Non Fiction 19th Century Text Study.

Spoken Language Study

10

 

GCSE English Language Reading Section.

Shakespeare study – ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, or ‘The Tempest.’

GCSE English Language writing unit – writing to describe and narrate.

Poetry – Studying the AQA poetry anthology.

English Language Paper 1 revision for mock exams.

 

Modern Prose or Drama Study – ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Animal Farm’ or ‘Blood Brothers’.

11

 

English Language Paper 2 focus. Complete the poetry anthology study.

19th Century Novel Study – ‘A Christmas Carol.’

Revision ahead of the mock exams in February. Complete any unfinished units.

Mock exams.

 

Revision using past or specimen papers.

Students to revise intensively for GCSE exams using: CGP Revision workbooks, GCSE Pod, PiXL Lit app, BBC Bitesize, etc.

GCSE Exams.

KEY STAGE 5 Literature

12

 

Introduction to course and ‘The Great Gatsby’.

‘Jane Eyre’ / ‘Wuthering Heights’.

Unseen Poetry.

Anthology poetry. Shakespeare study.

Anthology poetry. Shakespeare study.

Independent critical study (prose and drama). Mock revision.

Introduction to modern literature study.

Comparison text (drama). Coursework.

 

13

 

Feminine gospels and continuation of independent critical study.

Second comparison text.

Feminine gospels continued.

Reviewing coursework.

Studying comparison text 3.

Comparison text 4.

Exam revision.

A Level exams.

NA.

KEY STAGE 5 Lang & Lit

 

12

 

Introduction to the course. Learn key terminology. Study and analyse Barack Obama speech.

Remembered Places – Paris anthology.

Imagined Worlds – ‘The Lovely Bones’.

Poetic Voices – Robert Browning.

Recreative writing and commentaries.

Non-examined coursework preparation.

13

 

Making Connections – ‘The Kite Runner’.

Continuation of non-examined coursework module.

Dramatic Encounters (Streetcar Named Desire).

Exam practice and revision.

A Level exams.

NA.