English

The English Department is a passionate and talented team of teachers who are dedicated to ensuring that students enjoy and achieve to the best of their ability.

We aim to equip our students with the skills and attitudes that will enrich their understanding and experience of the subject, whilst preparing them for their final Year 11 examinations.

We offer a rich and varied curriculum, designed to result in curious and creative individuals who share our passion for the subject and perform effectively in their exams. Some of our teachers, as well as our dedicated librarian, also offer extra enrichment experiences, such as The Harry Potter Club and the Fully Booked reading club.

Course Details KS3

Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Year 7 Content Transitional unit – Me, myself and I Novel. Dependent on the ability of the class, novel chosen per class reading age. Introducing The Bard (Shakespeare) Family fiction reading comprehension. Studying a range of fictional extracts, analysing language and structure. Survival – non-fiction reading comprehension. Comparing a range of extracts analysing language in non -fiction texts. Poems from different cultures and eras.
Assessment Creative writing Analysis of an extract from class novel. Non-fiction writing Adaptation of language paper 1 (Q1,2,3) Adaptation of language paper 2 (Q3) Poetry comparison
As students are no longer graded by levels at KS2, all Year 7 students will be given a base-line test at the beginning of the academic year. Based on these results and combined with their KS2 data, students will be set accordingly. This structure is not permanent as students will be able to move up or down sets based on progress made throughout the year. Parents/guardians will be informed of this via diaries and parent mail.

 

Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Year 8 Content Gothic Horror War Poetry Matters of the heart – language fictional reading comprehension. Studying a range of fictional extracts analysing language and structure. Shakespeare Journeys – non-fiction reading comprehension. Comparing a range of extracts, writers attitudes and viewpoints. Short stories including 19th century fiction.
Assessment Creative writing task Poetry comparison Adaptation of language paper 1 (Q4) Analysis of extract taken from the play. Adaptation of language paper 2 (Q2, Q4) Analysis of extract taken from one short story studied.

Course Details KS4

Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Year 9 Content Language: Reading skills – fiction and non-fiction.

Literature: A Christmas Carol

Language: Writing skills – fiction and non-fiction

Literature: Macbeth

Language: Spoken language

Literature: Unseen poetry

Assessment AQA

Language Paper 1 – Fiction Paper Section A

Paper 2 – Non-fiction Paper Section A

Literature Paper 1 Section B: 19th Century text

AQA

Language Paper 1 – Fiction Paper Section B

Language Paper 2 – Non-fiction Paper Section B

Literature Paper 1 Section A: Shakespear

Exams: All Language exams and Literature Paper 1

Speaking and listening presentation

 

Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Year 10 Content Language: Non-fiction reading and writing

Literature: An Inspector Calls

Language: Fiction reading and writing

Literature: Poetry Anthology

Language: Spoken language

Literature: Exam preparation

Assessment AQA

Language Paper 2 – Non-fiction Paper

Literature Paper 2 – Section A: Drama

Yr10PPE 1: All Language exams, Literature Paper 1 and Literature Paper 2 Section A

AQA Language Paper 1 – Fiction Paper

AQA Literature Paper 2 Section B: Poetry comparison question

Yr10PPE 2: All exams, Speaking and Listening Presentation

 

Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Year 11 Content Macbeth Language: Reading and writing skills Literature Paper 2 Recap Exam Preparation Exam Preparation
Assessment AQA Literature Paper 1 Section B: 19th Century Text Yr11PPE 1: All exams RAQA Literature Paper 2 Yr11PPE 2: All exams

Revision Resources

Revision materials for GCSE English Language and English Literature can be found on:

BBC GCSE Bitesize

YouTube Revision Videos (Mr Bruff / Mr Salles)

Microsoft OneDrive Class Notebook accessed through school website.

Set texts for English Literature

We encourage all GCSE students to purchase their own copies of the set texts so that they can annotate these during study to aid later revision. The ISBN numbers for the editions we use in class are as follows:-

‘Macbeth’ – ISBN 978-0-19-832400-3

‘A Christmas Carol’ – ISBN 978-1-407143-64-4

‘An Inspector Calls’ – ISBN 978-0-435232-82-5

Alternatively electronic copies of both ‘Macbeth’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’ are available to download for free; parents should please note however that mobile phones are not allowed in school and that any e-readers are brought in at the students own risk.

Copies of the poems in the ‘Conflict and Power’ poetry collection are provided by the school but there are also annotated versions of each poem available to download from the school’s English revision site.

Further information

If you require more information please contact:

Head of Department – Mrs T. Brits

Second in Department – Miss K. Edwards

 

Extra Curricular

Reading Club

 The English Department runs the ‘Fully Booked’ reading club in conjunction with the school library, which is an exciting way for pupils to discover, read, discuss and respond to a wide range of fiction.

Harry Potter Club

This club is run at lunchtimes by Miss Rawlings and is concerned with all things non-muggle. From writing fan fiction to quizzes, it’s a must for all Harry Potter fans.

Websites

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize

www.englishbiz.co.uk