Brief Introduction – 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’ – transition project; Contemporary Modern Fiction||‘Our World’ – poetry unit; Autobiographical Writing||Language Exam Preparation;
Introduction to Shakespeare
|The Novel: Modern Classics;
19th and 20th century Literature – Crime and Detective Fiction
Romeo and Juliet;
Poetry – Ballads
|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|
|Language: Exam Preparation, Paper 1;
Literature: Shakespeare – Macbeth.
|Language: Exam Preparation – Language Paper 2 and mock exam prep.
Literature: AQA Anthology Power and Conflict Cluster
|Language: Targeted Post Examination Intervention
Spoken Language Preparation and Assessment.
|Language: Exam Practice and revision
Literature: Power and Conflict Poetry;
|Language: Targeted Paper 1 and Paper 2 Interventions;
Literature: Revision and Exam Practice for paper 1 and 2 Lit.
|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 20 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 examination information:
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. Our talented students were also involved in the SASCAL creative writing competition which is ran in association with Emma Bridgewater’s ‘Hot Air’ Literary Festival. We have recently introduced the ‘White Water Writing’ experience to our students: some of our most talented students, in association with Keele University, wrote a novel in a week and have had it published. Students enjoy these experiences enormously.
Students producing the BBC School Report and being interviewed by BBC Radio Stoke
Practising presenting skills and working with the green screen
Rebekah claiming her prize for the SASCAL creative writing competition
Our talented students taking part in the ‘White Water Writing’ challenge