English

Welcome

Welcome to the English page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.


Aims & Objectives

The overall aim of any English Department must be to develop in all pupils the ability to communicate effectively, accurately and with confidence, both verbally and in writing, their ideas, knowledge, feelings and points of view; and to read, respond to, and develop a liking for a wide range of literature.

Under the revised national curriculum, English is divided into three separate but linked areas – Spoken Language, Reading and Writing.

What are the aims of each area?

  • Spoken Language - the development of the pupils' understanding of the spoken word and the capacity to express themselves in a variety of speaking and listening activities, matching style and response to audience and purpose.
  • Reading - the development of the ability to read, understand and respond to all types of writing, as well as the development of information retrieval for study purposes.
  • Writing - to develop a growing ability to construct and convey meaning in written language, matching style to audience and purpose.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7 & 8

What will our pupils study?

  • English is delivered three times a week by our specialist staff.
  • Pupils study skills based schemes of work including non-fiction, literacy and a range of literature texts.
  • Pupils will also have one library lesson every two weeks where they can develop their independent reading skills in our well equipped library.

Year 7 Curriculum Information

Year 8 Curriculum Information

How will our pupils be assessed?

Years 7 and 8 are assessed internally based on numerical levels from 3 to 8.

KS3 Assessment Objectives Explained

How have our KS3 pupils progressed so far?

Key Stage 3 Results - English
Levels 5 and above
2016

96%

Key Stage 4 - Years 9, 10 & 11

What will our pupils study?

  • Pupils have four English lessons a week.
  • All year groups have literacy embedded into lessons to develop the pupils' skills in this area.
  • Pupils study for two separate GCSEs in English and Literature, though learning is holistic across both subjects.
  • English allows pupils to develop their ability to communicate effectively in both spoken and written situations.
  • In English, pupils will write stories, newspaper reports, diaries etc. Pupils will also read texts written by other people, as well as studying different aspects of the media.
  • Pupils will be involved in different situations where they will need to speak, both alone, in pairs and in groups.
  • For GCSE, all pupils will perform a spoken language presentation on a challenging subject of their choice which will be awarded either a Pass, Merit or Distinction on their GCSE results in August.
  • The study of Literature requires pupils to read novels, poems and drama texts (plays) by different authors, including Shakespeare and pre-19th Century authors, and write about them.
  • Pupils will also explore a variety of non-fiction texts across the 19th, 20th and 21st century.

Year 9 Curriculum Information

Year 10 Curriculum Information

Year 11 Curriculum Information

How will our pupils be assessed?

Pupils sitting examinations from 2017 onwards:

  • Pupils will be assessed by 100% examinations, two in English Language and two in English Literature.

AQA English Language

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Section A – Reading: (40 marks) (25%)– one single text

1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)

2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)

1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)

Section B – Writing: (40 marks) (25%)

1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Section A – Reading: (40 marks) (25%) – two linked texts

1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)

2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)

1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)

Section B – Writing: (40 marks) (25%)

1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

AQA English Literature

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their studied play. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their studied novel. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry

  • written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.

Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.

Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

Key Stage 4 Results - English
A*-C % pass rate
2016

74%


Key Stage 4 Results - English Literature
A*-C % pass rate
2016

85%

What can it lead to?

English is useful in all occupations and it is a requirement for all college courses and apprenticeships. Occupations where communication skills are especially important are:

  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Social work
  • PR and communications
  • Health and beauty
  • Medicine
  • Travel and tourism
  • Office work/banking
  • Business and enterprise

Accommodation & Resources

All English lessons are taught by specialist teachers, in well-equipped classrooms. All rooms have interactive touchscreen boards with access to laptop computers. Pupils have access to ICT rooms which can be booked by staff.


Summary

Pupils achieve well in English and they enjoy the opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the texts studied. The study of texts from different cultures enables pupils to broaden their horizons and gain a greater understanding of the world beyond their immediate environment. By the end of KS4, they are confident and competent users of English in both spoken and written contexts.