- Ms L Cariss (Head of English)
- Ms L Ogutuga (Teacher of English)
- Ms E Lynch (Teacher of English)
- Mr E Elstub (Deputy Headteacher)
- Ms V Walker (Head of the school)
- Ms A Mckeown (Teacher of English)
Scheme of work September 2016
The English Department teaches all students in key stage 3 and key stage 4, with the option to continue into key stage 5, and we offer a diverse and engaging course for our students. We aim to teach students the reading, writing and communication skills that they need to succeed once they leave school and go onto higher education and work.
The department achieves this by teaching English in a creative manner; we allow students to express themselves through creative writing, speaking and listening activities and through reading a range of texts that are academically challenging and thought provoking.
We also use a range of resources and multi-media technologies so that students can apply their skills in a range of situations that are relevant for them. We also offer a range of extracurricular activities such as theatre trips, clubs and writing competitions. Our teachers work hard to ensure that all students enjoy their learning in their English lessons.
Homework is set on a regular basis and consists of both reading and writing tasks. We aim to make homework relevant to each unit of work that is being taught in school and set work that is challenging and which requires independent learning. It will be on Show my Homework.
KS3 Curriculum Description
At KS3 the curriculum mirrors the skills required at KS4 and aims to develop them year upon year so students achieve a mastery in both reading and writing by the end of year 9.
At key stage 3 students study the following:
- Writing Skills
- Plays and drama
- Non-fiction and media texts
- Modern novels
- 19th century fiction
Students begin learning content for the GCSE examinations at the end of Year 9 to then begin studying for the two year course in Year 10. We follow the Edexcel GCSE English Language and English Literature specifications. Students are examined terminally at the end of the course with 4 external examinations, there is no coursework.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Description
The Edexcel English Literature and English Language examinations are challenging, through-provoking, content-heavy and requires a variety of English skills from each student. The course is 100% examination based (2 English Language and 2 English Literature) at the end of year 11 and results in 2 separate GCSE grades.
There is no Foundation or Higher tier, every student will sit the same examination. The aim is for them to be independent, perceptive Literature and Language analysts who can comment upon the craft and meaning of any text and craft their own writing for a wide range of purposes and effects.
At key stage 4 students study the following:
• A Shakespeare play
• A post 1914 play
• A 19th century novel and fiction extracts(unseen)
• A range of modern and traditional poetry
• Non-fiction and media texts(unseen)
• Speaking and listening skills
• Creative and transactional writing
Students are encouraged to continue their English education by taking English Literature at A Level. In this course, students learn skills to prepare them for higher education and many of them continue studying English at university. Students are assessed through a combination of external examinations and coursework essays
Key Stage 5 Curriculum Description
The Edexcel English Literature A Level aims to develop a critically perceptive Literature student through demanding and thought-provoking content. They study both modern and classic texts, comparing them through the critical lens of tragedy and ‘science and society’ as well as engaging with critical theory. There is a coursework module in year 13 worth 20%, the rest is made up from 3 examinations.
At key stage 5 students study the following:
- Modern novels (The Handmaid’s Tale)
- Classic literature (Frankenstein)
- Classic poetry (Metaphysical poetry)
- Modern poetry (Poems of the Decade)
- A Shakespeare play (Othello)
- Post-1945 play (A Streetcar Named Desire)
- Dramatic tragedy genre
- Critical theory
We follow the Edexcel English Literature AS/A2 specification.