Our English curriculum has been built with the aim of enabling all students to develop a genuine enjoyment of literature and writing. The dedicated team of specialists is comprised of professionals with a wealth of experience and backgrounds that we try to utilise in our teaching.
Key Stage Three
Some of the skills covered include: reading texts ranging from novels and play scripts to magazine and web based articles; exploring characters and themes through role play, hot-seating and other drama activities; analysing themes in writing through group work, playing literary detective and essay writing. The syllabus also examines the many forms of writing that young people experience in our increasingly technological world and there continues to be a move towards using digital texts to explore the many forms of writing out there.
Year 7 topics: autobiography, novel, nonfiction, poetry, Shakespeare (The Tempest) and modern drama
Year 8 topics: conflict poetry, Shakespeare (Macbeth), nonfiction, creative writing, novel and pre 1914 texts (Sherlock Holmes)
Year 9 topics: love and relationship poetry, Shakespeare (Taming of the Shrew), nonfiction, creative writing, Of Mice and Men and an introduction to the classics
Key Stage Four
At Key Stage 4 we build on the skills that have been honed at KS3 and students in Year 10 and 11 study a selection of texts and writing enabling them to achieve qualifications in English and English Literature AQA. Texts studied include, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’. Students also cover a wide range of poetry throughout the course from the AQA anthology.
Year 10/11: AQA English Language: 100% examination
Paper One: fiction analysis and creative writing
Paper Two: nonfiction reading analysis and nonfiction writing
There is also a compulsory spoken language component whereby student must give a speech lasting approximately plus questions
Year 10/11: AQA English Literature: 100% examination
Paper One: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’
Paper Two: ‘An Inspector Calls’, poetry anthology and unseen poetry
As well as providing quality learning experiences in the classroom, we strive to offer enrichment activities throughout the year. Activities which have been popular in recent years have included attending the Stan Lee Excelsior Award, taking part in national competitions for World Book Day, playing host to acting groups who perform and run workshops and inviting local guest speakers to run workshops for students. Some students have also been lucky enough to take part in the Premier League Reading Stars challenge which is aimed at encouraging reading and motivating them with football related incentives.
In English reading is the key to success. Homework for English will involve asking students to read a book of their choice and complete a selection of activities on this book. Parents will be asked to sign to verify that their child has read the chosen book at home. Teachers may also set additional homework as necessary.
In Key Stage 4 homework is set linked to the topic being studied. This will often be in the form of research to support the topics being covered in class.