English is an incredibly important subject, encompassing skills that empower individuals to pursue their own aspirations and contribute positively to society as a whole.
In the English Department, we ensure that our students recognise the beauty of language as an art-form and value the role language has to influence, engage and liberate. Our curricula at Key Stage Three and Four are structured to enthuse and instil curiosity in our students, enabling them to harness language as a means of expressing themselves confidently and meaningfully, with empathy and self-respect. We nurture independent and collaborative thinking and celebrate success at every opportunity.
We have ambitious expectations of presentation, originality, creativity and quality of work because we know this is how to build resilience and a life-long love of learning.
The curriculum in English is based on the study of a variety of literary texts, both fiction and non-fiction, across a range of genres. Our schemes of work are planned to include a range of teaching and learning approaches to help students develop their skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening.
Following transition work at the start of Year 7, to enable students to make links between their primary and secondary studies, students will be introduced to the way they will learn in KS3. Each class will work on units including creative writing, introduction to Shakespeare, non-fiction texts, informative writing, study of a novel and poetry.
In Year 8 students will further develop essay writing skills and will study an entire Shakespeare play, as well as working on different types of non-fiction writing such as writing to give a viewpoint.
Year 9 students study a broader variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. They will study thematic modules exploring concepts such as Tragedy and continue to develop skills in a range of writing styles.
Throughout Year 9, students will experience GCSE standards of work and assessment in preparation for the commencement of KS4 study.
English is one of the most important subjects and it is compulsory for all students to follow a course which will lead to a formal qualification in English. To be able to communicate well, both in speech and writing, is an essential part of life outside school; you will need good English skills in almost every job, and most Further Education and Higher Education courses require a qualification in English.
English is not so much about learning facts as it is about developing skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing. The course will enable you to read and understand both fiction and non-fiction texts. You will practise writing in different styles and for different purposes, and you will speak in discussions and drama activities as well as making presentations.
Students are entered for both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Our Exam Board is AQA
The curriculum is structured so as to balance the demands of both specifications.
Students will sit four public exams (two for each of the English GCSEs) which take place at the end of the two-year course and are marked externally.
Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (fiction)
Paper 2 Viewpoints and Perspectives (non-fiction)
Paper 1 Shakespeare and the Nineteenth Century Novel
Paper 2 Modern Texts and Poetry
AQA website: http://www.aqa.org.uk
Students are awarded Grades from 1 to 9, where 9 is the highest and 1 is the lowest.
A Grade 4 is considered a standard pass and will allow students to pursue Level 2 and some Level 3 vocational courses at college or enrol on an apprenticeship. Students who do not achieve a Grade 4 in GCSE English Language will have to resit this qualification.
A Grade 5 is considered a good pass and will allow students to pursue most Level 3 courses in Further Education establishments.
Several Sixth Forms and Colleges request that students wishing to pursue English Language or Literature at A-Level have a Grade 6 or above.
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