Welcome to English
In English we will nourish students’ passion for our subject; equip them with the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to succeed in all walks of life and open up a world of opportunities through developing a love of language, literature and learning for life.
|Miss Jacqueline Hall||Teacher of English, Head of Department – firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Miss Louise Tait||Teacher of English, Assistant Head of Department – email@example.com|
|Miss Amy Melrose||Teacher of English – firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Miss Linda Pegden||Teacher of English, AAP – email@example.com|
Key Stage 3
The English course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the EDUQAS course in Key Stage 4. During Year 7, students have the opportunity to widen and explore their understanding of English as a subject beyond KS2. Students study an eclectic mix of different text types from fictional novels to biographies; always taking into account the individual needs of our students. They will then develop their analytical and evaluative skills, in Year 8, as well as continuing to build upon their writing skills across the English curriculum. The main aim of the KS3 English curriculum is to ensure that all students not only cultivate skills but are as prepared as possible for the demands of the KS4 curriculum.
In addition, across KS3 we run a reading programme called Accelerated Reader. Students are expected to read a range of books targeted at their ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) level during a timetabled session each week. Students take quizzes on these books which allow teachers to closely monitor their progress. We have found this programme to be very successful not only in improving students’ ability in English, but it has created a culture and love of reading across the key stage and allowed easier access to the demands of examinations.
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|Year 7||To create a first person narrative||Study and analysis of a range of non-fiction texts||To create a persuasive speech||Study and analysis of a range of persuasive texts||To create a characterisation in role||Study and analysis of extracts from classical novels.|
|To create a first person narrative||Study and analysis of a range of non-fiction texts||Study and analysis of war poetry||To create a review||Study and analysis of a Shakespeare text||To create a contemporary narrative|
If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact:
Miss Louise Tait, Assistant Head of Department
Key Stage 4
GCSE (9-1) in English Language and Literature
Students study both English Language and English Literature across the three years. This means all students have the opportunity to achieve two GCSEs in English. The exam board for both qualifications is EDUQAS.
|English Language||Examination 100%|
|For this qualification, students must demonstrate their ability to read and understand an extract from a literary text and write creatively for Component 1 and be able to read and understand two non- fiction texts and write in a range of styles, including letters, articles, speeches and reviews for Component 2.
Students are also required to give a formal presentation as a requirement of the course
|There will be two examinations for this qualification:
Component 1 = 40%
Component 2 = 60%
|English Literature||Examination 100%|
|For this qualification, students will study a Shakespeare play, 19th Century novel, 20th Century play and a collection of poems from the 19th to the 21st Century.||Component 1 = 40%
Component 2 = 60%
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact:
Miss Jacqueline Hall, Head of Department
Enrichment Opportunities for English
Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.