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.


Curriculum Intent

"You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write." - Annie Proulx

At Healing School, students learn to develop their reading through an engaging and varied curriculum that explores the history of literature from Greek myths and legends to modern novels and plays. Through the study of how writers developed and crafted exciting texts of the past and present, our students learn how to develop their own writing skills across a range of text types and audiences, providing them with the skills required to succeed in the modern world.

Through our ambitious curriculum, students are taught the importance of reading to develop knowledge and skills in writing and verbal communication. Our schemes of learning are structured to develop all of our students’ skills as readers, writers and communicators as preparation for adult life. Within literacy, students explore the etymology and morphology of key vocabulary to help develop their knowledge and the power of the English language. Through a range of inspiring texts, our students investigate their own, and others’, cultural heritage. They are taught to critically question the world around us by exploring how language is used to convey meaning, express ideas, influence and engage a variety of different audiences.

Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Implementation

Throughout KS3, students are taught a skills-based curriculum through thematic schemes of learning that explore the conventions of specific text types such as dystopian settings and gothic novels. The skills of reading, writing and spoken language are integral to the English curriculum and students learn how to interleave these to become more proficient communicators:

Reading

Within reading, our students will explore reading for different purposes and will learn the conventions of a wide variety of text types within fiction, non-fiction, poetry and play texts. Through the use of explicit modelling and retrieval practice in lessons, students are taught how to deduce and infer layers of meaning within texts, identify and analyse the writer’s craft and evaluate how successful writers express their ideas through the reading of a variety of extracts from the 19th, 20th and 21st Century. Across KS3, these skills are also reinforced through the teaching of two whole texts a year, as well as being provided the opportunity to read texts independently:

  • Year 7 – two novels
  • Year 8 – a novel and a Shakespeare play
  • Year 9 – a novel and a modern play

At KS3, students have a fortnightly lesson in the school’s Library where they learn how to use the reference section to independently research and deepen their understanding of contexts that inspire writers such as social and historical influences.

Writing

Through integrated writing tasks, our students learn to craft their own writing to suit different audiences, purposes and contexts. Through the metacognitive practice of planning, drafting and reviewing, our students develop their ability to use a wider variety of more ambitious vocabulary, language and structural features for impact. They are also taught to develop their KS2 literacy knowledge and hone their accuracy in spelling, punctuation and grammar throughout our broad schemes of work.

Verbal Communication

Within our schemes of learning, our students are taught how to develop their verbal communication to express personal opinions appropriately in a range of situations (such as formal discussion, debates, improvisation and role-play) and to suit different audiences, allowing them to become confident and articulate speakers.

Curriculum Overview


How will our pupils be assessed?

At KS3, students are assessed internally based on numerical levels from 3-8, once per term for reading and writing. They are given feedback on formative assessment which allows opportunities for reflection and improvement before completing the summative termly assessments.

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Implementation

The Key Stage 4 curriculum builds on the skills and knowledge learnt at KS3 to prepare students for their English Language and English Literature courses and beyond. Students are taught how to develop their reading analysis and writing skills through more challenging texts and text types across the 19th, 20th, and 21st Century, as well as developing their confidence and skills as speakers. Both courses are taught together to take advantage of the interleaving skills of both reading analysis and writing.

English Language

Within English Language, students learn how independently analyse and evaluate challenging unseen fiction and non-fiction texts. They are taught how to identify and comment on the writer’s use of linguistic and structural methods to convey meaning, as well as evaluating the success of the writer’s craft; students also learn how to compare non-fiction texts and writers’ ideas and perspectives between 19th Century and modern non-fiction.

Within writing, students learn how to effectively plan and write intriguing descriptive, narrative and transactional writing, using a wide variety of punctuation, vocabulary, sentence forms, language and structural features to engage their readers.

Through the use of retrieval practice, students are also taught how to prepare for examinations and how to use the knowledge of the exam to support their understanding of the unseen fiction and non-fiction texts.

Students also learn how to write and deliver a spoken language presentation on a challenging subject of their choice for Spoken Language.

English Literature

In English Literature, students are taught how to interpret and analyse key texts by underpinning each with the knowledge of the writer’s intentions and relevant contextual factors. They learn how to integrate evidence from the texts to support their interpretations, along with how to analyse writers’ craft through language and structure. They also develop their knowledge of a variety of cultures through unseen poems and an anthology of poetry based on the theme of Power and Conflict; during the study of poetry, students are taught how analyse and compare the use of methods, the poets’ ideas and contextual factors. Through explicit modelling, students are taught how to write academic essays that focus on key themes or characters within the set texts; a skill that helps to prepare them for academic study at post-16 and beyond.

Year 10 Texts: 19th Century Prose - ‘A Christmas Carol’; Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’; Anthology Poetry – Power and Conflict

Year 11 texts: Modern Play – ‘An Inspector Calls’ or ‘Blood Brothers’; Unseen Poetry and Anthology Poetry – Power and Conflict

Through the use of retrieval practice, students learn how to recall key information and quotations from the set texts along with the ability to analyse the methods within them, linking ideas across the text to display their full understanding.

Curriculum Overview


How will our pupils be assessed?

Throughout KS4, students are assessed each half term using topic specific mark schemes. Formative assessments take place throughout lessons with opportunities for reflection and improvement before completing summative half-termly assessments.


How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

English Language:

 

2021

2020

2019

4+ “standard” pass

94%

95%

86%

5+ “strong” pass

81%

76%

70%

English Literature

 

2021

2020

2019

4+ “standard” pass

95%

94%

92%

5+ “strong” pass

81%

77%

78%

Best English grade:  

 

2021

2020

2019

4+ “standard” pass

95%

95%

95%

5+ “strong” pass

85%

80%

83%


Levels of Progress:

Key Stage 4 Results - Progress

Expected Progress -2021

97%

Better than Expected Progress - 2021

80%

Expected Progress -2020

94%

Better than Expected Progress - 2020

58%

Expected Progress -2019

98%

Better than Expected Progress - 2019

66%









What can it lead to?

As the skills of English underpin the whole curriculum, English is important for academic success at KS5 and beyond as well as in the life of work. 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