English

The English Department has again been awarded the Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark in recognition of increased challenge within the curriculum, enthusing students through subject based activities beyond the curriculum, developing staff’s own subject knowledge and developing subject based links outside school. Prince Charles himself was there when our submission was presented in London.

  • We do challenge our students with Chaucer, and Toni Morrison taught in Year 7, Dickens in Year 8, GCSE texts in Year 9…
  • We do enthuse students with professional writers working with year 7 and 8, theatre visits, Public Speaking and Poetry Competitions, using The Hub radio station…
  • We do develop our own subject knowledge, attending training provided by the authority, examination boards, The Prince’s Teaching Institute…
  • We do develop links with other secondary schools both locally and nationally.

KS3 students follow a curriculum that is stimulating and creative, that consolidates skills and that prepares them for GCSE. There is an assessment system, Assessment of Pupil Progress, where work is standardised regularly and students who are not making the necessary progress are supported. Years 7 and 8 are in mixed ability classes apart from a small teaching group where students are provided with additional help.

Students at KS4 follow AQA specifications. Higher groups sit two GCSEs: English Language and English Literature. Lower groups sit one English GCSE that covers both Language and Literature – although entry in January of Year 11 enables those students who succeed to move on to English Literature GCSE.

At KS5 we offer English Literature A-level. Students are successful and often move on to English related courses at University and English related careers.

Head Of Department: Miss Rossiter

Assessment Programmes:

Year 7

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
Autumn - LanguageFairy tales
AO1: Identify and interpret explicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise evidence.
A05: Communicates clearly, effectively and imaginatively
Selects and adapts tone, style, register for different forms and purposes and audiences
Organises information and ideas - Describe
PPE:
Reading A01
3 Questions
35 mins

Writing A05
Writing to describe: Picture stimulus
45 mins
Autumn - LiteratureMacbeth (A01,A02,A03,A04) PPE: Macbeth
45 mins
Spring - LanguageCrime and Punishment
A01, A05 (Narrative) plus..
AO2: Explain, comment, analyse:
Writers use of language and structure,
How writer effects and influences reader
Subject terminology
PPE assessment
Spring - LiteratureHoles/Abomination
(A01,A02A03,A04)
PPE assessment
Summer - LanguageNature
A01, A02, A05(POV writing) plus…
A03: Compare writers ideas and perspectives, how they are conveyed across two or more texts.
A04: Evaluate texts critically. Support with textual references.
Spoken Language Study (post PPE)
PPE assessment
Summer - LiteraturePoetry Across Time
Nature
(A01,A02A03)
PPE assessment

Year 8

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
Autumn - LanguageTravel
AO1: Identify and interpret explicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise evidence.
A05: Communicates clearly, effectively and imaginatively
Selects and adapts tone, style, register for different forms and purposes and audiences
Organises information and ideas (point of view)
PPE assessment
Autumn - LiteratureOur Day Out
(A01,A02A03,A04)
How does Russell present ideas about social class in Our Day Out?
Write about:
What some of the ideas about social class are;
How Russell presents some of these ideas by the way he writes. (45 minutes)
PPE assessment
Spring - LanguagePoverty
A01, A05 (Describe) plus..
AO2: Explain, comment, analyse:
Writers use of language and structure,
How writer effects and influences reader
Subject terminology
PPE assessment
Spring - LiteraturePre 20th Century Prose and Poetry (A01,A02,A03,A04)PPE assessment
Summer - Language War
A01, A02, A05 (Narrative) plus…
A03: Compare writers ideas and perspectives, how they are conveyed across two or more texts.
A04: Evaluate texts critically. Support with textual references.
Spoken Language Study (post PPE)
PPE assessment
Summer - LiteratureBoy In The Striped Pyjamas
(A01,A02A03)
PPE assessment

Year 9

 Curriculum contentAssessed work
Autumn - LanguagePower
AO1: Identify and interpret explicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise evidence.
A05: Communicates clearly, effectively and imaginatively
Selects and adapts tone, style, register for different forms and purposes and audiences
Organises information and ideas (narrative) Write a story in which this character features. (pic)
PPE assessment
Autumn - Literature (A01,A02,A03,A04)
Of Mice and Men
PPE assessment
Spring - LanguageWomen Through Time
A01, A05 plus.. (pov writing)
AO2: Explain, comment, analyse:
Writers use of language and structure,
How writer effects and influences reader
Subject terminology
PPE assessment
Spring - Literature(A01,A02A03,A04)

Much Ado About Nothing
PPE assessment
Summer - LanguageLove and Relationships
A01, A02, A05 (Descriptive) plus…
A03: Compare writers ideas and perspectives, how they are conveyed across two or more texts.
A04: Evaluate texts critically. Support with textual references.
Spoken Language Study (post PPE)
PPE assessment
Summer - LiteraturePoetry Anthology
Love and Relationships (A01,A02A03)
PPE assessment