Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 English is taught in Year 7 and Year 8. Work builds on the students’ existing knowledge and skills, developing increasingly sophisticated reading and analytical skills through the experience of studying a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts as well as developing creativity, appropriateness to context, and rigour in technical accuracy in writing. Key Stage 3 is seen as the beginning of a continuous learning journey through to GCSE with the increased demands of the new GCSE (for first examination in 2017) in mind.

In Year 7, students study units on persuasion and rhetoric, non-fiction writing, reading non-fiction, poetry analysis, descriptive and narrative writing, and transactional writing, as well as reading a novel. All Year 7 students have one hour a week improving literacy skills, with a focus on developing strong writing skills which will stand them in good stead for their study in all subjects and for life.

In Year 8, students study units on analysing and writing narratives, writing engaging articles, non-literary reading, analysing poetry (contemporary and nineteenth-century), writing reviews, constructing and developing an argument and studying a Shakespeare play. Literacy lessons continue for students who require more extended support from Year 7.

The Accelerated Reader programme runs in Year 7 and Year 8, and students are encouraged to read widely and take quizzes regularly, some of which is done in class but there is also an expectation that students will do this in their own time. Certificates and prizes are awarded to students who demonstrate particular commitment to reading.

Key Stage 4

English Language GCSEWJEC (QAN code 60145055)
English Literature GCSE- WJEC (QAN code 60152461)

The study of GCSE English Language and English Literature begins in Year 9 and is completed at the end of Year 11.
In English Literature, students sit two examined units based on the texts they have studied: ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare,‘A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and J B Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’. There is also an unseen poetry question.

Students in the current Year 11 have embarked on the new GCSE specifications for English Language and English Literature and these are 100% examined qualifications. In English Language, their learning focuses on developing the skills for two exam components. The reading elements require them to read and answer questions on twentieth-century fiction and nineteenth and twenty-first century non-fiction writing. The writing tasks include narrative and transactional writing. For the English Literature specification, students will read and analyse ‘Macbeth by William Shakespeare, ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J B Priestley. They will also be tested in their understanding of prepared and unseen poetry.

Further reading and information on the curriculum content studied can be found at:
GCSE (9-1) English Language

SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural)

The English curriculum explores texts from other cultures and traditions and evaluates how social context can influence people’s behaviour and lives. Moreover, students are encouraged to develop their empathy skills to enable them to understand other people’s emotions. Students are given opportunities to study a wide variety of texts that cover different religious beliefs and attitudes and are taught to respect different values.

Department Staff

Mrs. L. Southall – Head of Department/Associate Director of English
Mrs. E. Bone – 2nd in English
Miss. N. Jones – 3rd in English
Mrs.L. Greening – English teacher
Mrs. A. King – English teacher
Mrs. L. Hewitt – English teacher
Mrs.L. Mescus – English teacher
Mrs. R. McConnell – English teacher
Miss. G. Tough – English teacher
Mr. M. Wood – English teacher
Mrs. Y. Greco – English TA