English

Department Information

Year 7:

English Language

In Year 7, the primary focus is on consolidating literacy skills gained at KS2. Pupils will have a lesson of Accelerated Reader every week and will be expected to maintain and improve upon their skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar. They will also be introduced to key English skills that they will need throughout their study of English at secondary school. They will explore a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, with a particular focus on 19th century texts and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by the end of the year.

Year 8:

English Language

In Year 8, students build on the skills they have developed in Year 7. They explore topics thematically and each scheme incorporates a range of reading and writing skills as well as exposure to a wide variety of texts. In Term 1, pupils will study race, representation and rhetoric. During term 2, the focus shifts toward 19th century fiction as they study Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. The year finishes with the study of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. This solid foundation prepares students for life in KS4 English where they will start working towards their GCSE qualifications.

Year 9:

English Language

In year 9, pupils begin their studies for GCSEs in English Language.

During the first term, pupils will study a range of non-fiction texts, exploring ways of identifying both explicit and implicit meaning. They will also learn to write in a variety of forms, for different purposes and audiences.

Pupils will then go on, in the second term of the academic year, to learn how to analyse the way writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers. They will also learn to use vocabulary and sentence structures for effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

In the final term of year 9, pupils will learn to evaluate writers’ ideas, and the ways they are conveyed to the reader. They will also learn how to write creatively and imaginatively.

English Literature

In year 9, pupils begin their studies for GCSEs in English Literature

In the first term of year 9, pupils will study a Shakespeare play. They will discover the connections between the play and its context and explore the ways character and theme are developed.

In the second term, they will go on to study a 19th century novel. They will explore the ways themes and ideas are presented through language and structure, and makes links to the context of the novel.

During the final term of year 9, pupils will study a modern drama text and a range of poetry. They will learn to write about the texts they have studied in a critical style, using textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate their own interpretations.

Year 10:

English Language

In the first term of year 10, pupils will learn how compare writers’ viewpoints. They will also learn how to use accurate punctuation and sentence structure to achieve effects.

During the second term of year 10, pupils will focus on how to analyse language and structure, using relevant terminology to support their views. They will also learn how to use these techniques in their own writing.

In the final term of year 10, pupils will learn to evaluate texts critically and support their opinions with quotations from the text. They will also learn to create a cohesive piece of writing using appropriate linguistic and structural techniques.

English Literature

In the first term of year 10, pupils will revise the Shakespeare play they studied in year 9 and begin to focus more closely on the language and structure.

In the second term of year 10, pupils will revise the 19th Century novel that they studied in year 9 and will learn how to write a critical essay in response. They will also learn how to write a critical essay in response to poetry.

In the final term of year 10, pupils will revise the play and poetry that they studied in year 9 and learn how to write a critical essay in response.

 

Year 11:

English Language

In the first term of year 11, pupils will revise the skills of inference and evaluation. They will also be focusing on the accuracy of their spelling, punctuation and grammar, and using techniques to make their writing effective.

During the second term of year 11, pupils will be revising the skills of comparison and analysis. They will be studying past papers and examination mark schemes to ensure they understand how to answer exam questions.

In the final term of year 11, they will be revising all the skills that will be assessed in their GCSE examination. They will be taking part in mock exams and reflecting on their performance.

English Literature

In the first term of year 11, pupils will be revising the texts they have previously studied, identifying key quotes and extracts. They will also continue to practise the skill of essay writing.

In the second term, pupils will be studying past papers and examination mark schemes. They will also continue to revise the texts they have studied.

In the final term of year 11, they will be revising all the skills that will be assessed in the examination. They will also take part in mock examinations and reflect on their performance.

Departmental Staff

Angela Bjelic – Head of English
Sam Gibbs – Deputy Head of English (Maternity Leave)
Terri-Anne Jones – Deputy Head of English
Olivia Yates – Responsibility for Literacy within English
Rachel Care – Responsibility for Literacy within English
Rob Ward – Strategic Leader of KS3 Curriculum Development
Luke Vernon – Strategic Leader of KS3 Assessment and Progress
Sharon Miller – A Level English Language Coordinator
Amanda Corrigan – A Level English Literature Coordinator
Ruth Allan – Lead Practioner
Clare Lemage – Deputy Director of Learning
Natalie Smithers
Ryan Cooke
Sophie Elmore
Helen Rogers
Paul Smith
Victoria Mortimer
Helen Hughes
June Johnson – Intervention

Support Your Child – Useful links and advice

KS3 AND KS4

  • Reading and Literacy including non-fiction and fiction texts such as novels, newspapers and magazines.
  • Discussing with students what they have read and what they thought of it.
  • Writing, including spelling, punctuation and correct grammar.
  • BBC Bitesize website
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