English

Staff:

  • Ms J Graham - Assistant Headteacher and Director of English and Literacy
  • Ms C Mills - Assistant Headteacher - Senior Progress Leader English and Literacy
  • Miss K Lee - English Teacher
  • Mrs A Jones - Assistant Progress Leader
  • Miss M Hardy - KS2/KS5 Coordinator
  • Mrs V Hulme - English Teacher
  • Mr R Eskrett - HAP Coordinator
  • Miss G Bibby - English Teacher
  • Ms E Salt - English Teacher
  • Mr J Ellis - Catch up Coordinator
  • Ms S Abedin - English Teacher
  • Ms C Scott - English Teacher
  • Mr D Shenton - English Teacher
  • Ms H Ashworth - English Teacher
  • Ms H Bielby - Intervention Support Officer

Throughout both key stages we offer students experiences that will enhance their abilities in reading, writing, speaking and listening. In a stimulating classroom environment, students are encouraged to express themselves through a wide range of enjoyable and challenging activities.
We aim to improve students’ abilities to understand and communicate with the wider world, whilst also encouraging a love for literature that will stay with them for life.
All our rooms are on the top floor, where we have the benefit of two break-out computer areas. Each room is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and a friendly, hardworking teacher.

Year 7

In year seven, students study: narrative and non-fiction writing; 19th, 20th and 21st century fiction and non-fiction texts; Shakespeare; and poetry. The students concentrate on understanding the craft of writers and improving their own creative and discursive writing skills. There is an emphasis on developing good independent working skills, speaking and listening skills, writing and grammar skills.

Year 8

In year eight, students study a modern novel, the poetry of World War I; Richard III; various works by Charles Dickens; Gothic Literature; and non-fiction and narrative writing. They develop their knowledge of literary techniques and their analytical reading and writing skills. Again there is an emphasis on independent working skills; speaking and listening skills; writing; and grammar skills.

Year 9

In year nine, students study a range of poetry as well as drama and prose texts from the literary canon. The students develop their appreciation of the writer’s craft and the underlying themes and ideas in a text. Through their studies, pupils will also build on a wide range of writing skills in preparation for years 10 and 11.  It is in Year 9 that the pupils are introduced to the range of texts that they will study in preparation for their GCSEs?

Key Stage Four Years 10 and 11

In year 10 and 11 students follow the AQA syllabus for English Language and English Literature gaining two GCSEs.  For the AQA Literature course the pupils study Macbeth, a drama text, a novel by Dickens and an anthology of poems.  They also develop skills in analysing unseen poetry.

For the AQA Language GCSE, the pupils study a range of contemporary unseen fiction and non-fiction texts focusing on how writers engage the readers and the literary techniques they use.  The pupils also have to develop their creative and discursive writing skills in preparation for the GCSE exam at the end of year 11. 

Pupils will also have to prepare a Spoken Language presentation where they will be expected to give a speech on a particular topic, in a formal context, and then be able respond to questions and feedback from an audience. 

English Language and English Literature are 100 per cent exam based courses assessed at the end of year 11.


SYLLABUS

English Literature

The syllabus enables learners to read, interpret and evaluate texts through the study of literature in English. Learners develop an understanding of literal meaning, relevant contexts and of the deeper themes or attitudes that may be expressed. Through their studies, they learn to recognise and appreciate the ways in which writers use English to achieve a range of effects, and will be able to present an informed, personal response to the material they have studied.
The syllabus also encourages the exploration of wider and universal issues, promoting learners' better understanding of themselves and of the world around them.

English Language

This specification in English Language encourages candidates to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It should prepare candidates to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices, and to use language to participate effectively in society and employment.

This specification in English Language enables candidates to:

• demonstrate skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing necessary to communicate with others confidently, effectively, precisely and appropriately
• express themselves creatively and imaginatively
• use reading to develop their own skills as writers
• understand the patterns, structures and conventions of written and spoken English
• select and adapt speech and writing to different situations and audiences.