Studying English Language is vital in equipping students with the communication skills needed to experience future success. Teaching and learning in the English Department is engaging, dynamic and adaptive, ensuring the individual needs of all students are met. We aim to equip our students with skills and qualifications that enable them to successfully access their post 16 pathways.
At Key Stage 3, students have the opportunity to study a range of texts from a variety of genres, both fiction and non- fiction. Key Stage 3 English will prepare students for the future, preparing them to study for a GCSE. It also teaches them core skills such as letter writing, analysing newspapers, analysing language and speaking and listening.
In Year 10 students begin studying the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus which aims to enable students to:
- read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding, enjoying and appreciating a variety of language.
- read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing.
- write accurately and effectively, using Standard English appropriately.
- work with information and with ideas in language by developing skills of evaluation, analysis, use and inference.
- listen to, understand, and use spoken language effectively.
- acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology and linguistic conventions.
Some students may complete this course in one year and progress to AQA English Language in Year 11. Other students may complete the course over two years to enable them to achieve a Level 2 qualification required for their post 16 pathway.
In Year 11, those pupils who are studying AQA English Language will study:
- Explorations in creative reading and writing: The aim of this paper is to engage students in a creative text and inspire them to write creatively themselves.
- Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives: The aim of this paper is to develop students’ insights into how writers have particular viewpoints and perspectives on issues or themes that are important to the way we think and live our lives.
- Spoken language: This is assessed by a non-examined assessment, and the aim of the assessment is to allow students to demonstrate their speaking and listening skills by:
- Giving a presentation in a formal context.
- Responding appropriately to questions and feedback, and asking questions themselves to elicit clarification.
- Using spoken standard English.
Enrichment activities across the English Department.
All students have many opportunities throughout the academic year to take part in English and literacy related activities. Students have attended theatre productions of ‘Noughts and Crosses’, ‘Blood Brothers’ and ‘Six’ which were an amazing experience for all who attended. This year, students in Key Stage 3 will have the opportunity to see ‘A Christmas Carol’ at The Old Vic Theatre and Year 10 will be seeing ‘The Woman in Black’.
In addition to this, students have the opportunity to take part in house competitions, celebrate ‘Dickens Day’ and World Book Day.
The English department consists of: Miss Clayton, Miss Horsely and Mr Cox