In English, our aim is to provide each student with opportunities to study and experience a wide and challenging variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction. These should enable students to develop skills that will be useful to them beyond their life at school and encourage them to foster a love of literature.
Areas of Study
|Autumn Term||Spring Term||Summer Term|
|‘My Dream Island’ – speaking and listening project; Contemporary Modern Fiction||‘Our World’ – poetry unit; 19th Century literature (childhood and family)||Language Exam Preparation;
Introduction to Shakespeare
|The Novel: Modern Classics;
19th Century Literature (Mystery and Adventure)
Romeo and Juliet;
|19th Century Literature – The Gothic Tradition; Exam Preparation and Practice – Language Paper 1||A Christmas Carol; Exam Preparation and Practice – Language Paper 2.
Poetry – Unseen Skills
|Targeted Interventions for the Language papers; An Inspector Calls or Blood Brothers|
|Shakespeare – Macbeth; Exam Preparation, Paper 1; A Christmas Carol||Exam Preparation – Language Paper 2;
Poetry: AQA Anthology Power and Conflict Cluster
|An Inspector Calls; Spoken Language Preparation and Assessment; Targeted Post Examination Intervention|
|Power and Conflict Poetry; Modern Drama; Exam Practice||Targeted Paper 1 and Paper 2 Interventions; Power and Conflict Poetry; Exam Practice – Modern Drama||Targeted Exam Preparation|
Students in all year groups are assessed throughout each half term as part of our regular marking. In addition to this, students also complete end of unit assessments which usually take the form of practice examination style questions – these questions test students’ English skills and their understanding of the topic just taught. Assessments will cover Reading, Writing and Spoken Language (Speaking and Listening) skills in line with National Curriculum requirements. Students in all year groups will take annual examinations in English as outlined on the school calendar.
All students are provided with extended learning activities, which aim to extend and enrich their learning, at least once per week. Resources and guidance on the completion of extended learning activities are posted onto Firefly, so that students have easy access to everything needed to complete the work set. Alongside these tasks, all students are expected to read independently on a regular basis. Most students in Y7 and Y8 will take part in the Accelerated Reader Programme which is designed to help students increase their reading age. Students will have access to our e-library, and all other relevant apps and login details, in order for them to be successful on this programme. All students are expected to read regularly and must have an age and ability appropriate reading book with them at all times. The recommended reading time to be completed every day is 35 minutes as this amount of reading (as a minimum) has been proven to have the most impact on improving a student’s reading age.
Links to useful Resources/ Exam Specifications/ Apps
GCSE English and English Literature from September 2015:
Extra –curricular activities
The Department regularly seeks opportunities to enrich students’ experience of English through trips and visits to the theatre and places of historical significance. In the past, we have visited Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and The Globe Theatre, London; we have also watched performances of ‘Macbeth’ at Trentham Gardens, ‘The History Boys’ as Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre and ‘An Inspector Calls’ at the Regent Theatre, Hanley – just to name a few! We also encourage students to take part in national competitions in creative writing, poetry and public speaking in order to further extend the skills learnt in the classroom. Every year we take part in the BBC’s School Report where a group of talented students go into the community to interview local people and produce a report based on current affairs. Students enjoy these experiences enormously.