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English

English is a core subject studied by all students from Years 7 to 11. All students take GCSEs in English Language and English Literature at the end of Year 11.  In Years 12 and 13, many students choose to specialise in either Language or Literature, both of which have proven to be popular options.

Lessons involve a range of activities with the intention to encourage students to develop their skills in all aspects of English: reading, writing and speaking and listening. Throughout each Key Stage, creative approaches allow students to develop independence in thought and collaborative attitudes toward learning. A wide range of texts are used to engage and stimulate discussion on a variety of issues, from which students produce both analytical and creative responses.

Deep Learning Days provide students with the opportunity to explore their developing skills further, for example during Key Stage 3, as authors of children’s books and private investigators.  Theatre visits are options at both KS4 and KS5, helping students gain a greater understanding of the dramatic texts that have been studied.

Staff Position
Mrs S Fortnum Director of English
Mr Clark Teacher of English
Mrs N Cook Lead Teacher of English
Miss L Dunleavy Leading Teacher of English
Miss M Hanger Teacher of English
Mrs R Mullen Teacher of English
Miss K Perry Teacher of English
Miss A Platten Teacher of English
Mrs L Poole Teacher of English
Mr F Starkey Teacher of English
Mrs B Tamminen Teacher of English
Mr L West Leading Teacher of English
Miss O Windmill Teacher of English

Key Stage 3 

In Years 7 and 8, students follow courses to fulfil the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum says:

“English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.”

During Key Stage 3 students study fiction and non-fiction texts; they develop skills in discussion, delivering presentations, creating and analysing. Whilst some units focus purely on analytical responses to texts and others involve developing specific writing skills, the study of English provides a platform from which students can access the wider curriculum.

Students study the following units in Key Stage 3:

Year 7

Year 8

  • 2 novels
  • 1 play
  • A collection of poetry
  • A non-fiction writing unit
  • 2 novels
  • Shakespeare play
  • A collection of poetry
  • A short stories unit

Additional resources Key Stage 3 English  

Encourage your child to:

  • Read regularly and independently at home in order to develop their understanding of literary and non-fiction texts and to expand their vocabulary. 
  • Complete their Accelerated Reader books and quizzes.  These can be accessed at home.
  • Discuss the content of their lessons and to further research the issues being studied in the classroom to broaden their understanding.
  • To spell correctly and to check all homework thoroughly for spelling, punctuation and grammar.

A range of resources can also be found on Doddle and on the school’s virtual learning environment Frog:

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk

https://frog.wolfreton.co.uk

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

Key Stage 4 

Students complete two GCSE English qualifications:

  • GCSE English Language (AQA specification)
  • GCSE English Literature (AQA specification)

Aims of the course:

  • To develop your communication skills through reading, writing and the spoken word.
  • To develop your enjoyment and understanding of a range of text types, both fictional and
    non-fictional.
  • To develop your analysis to write in a range of genres and for a range of purposes.

Course content:

  • Students study Shakespeare play, pre-nineteenth century prose, a modern play, a range of poetry and other fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • Students complete one oral assessment.

 

Students study the following units:

English Language

English Literature

  •  Writing 1 – Descriptive / narrative
  • Writing 2 – Presenting a viewpoint
  • Reading – Non-fiction text
  • Poetry from the Anthology
  • Modern Texts
  • 19th Century Novel
  • Shakespeare play

Assessment:

Students complete two examination papers for each qualification.  The Spoken Language element is completed during lessons in Year 11.

English Language

English Literature

  • Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing                                               (50%)
  • Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century         novel                                                     (40%)
  • Paper 2:  Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives                                              (50%)
  • Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry (60%)
  • Spoken language (Separate endorsement)

 

Additional resources GCSE English 

Encourage your son / daughter to:

  • Read regularly and independently at home in order to develop their understanding of literary and non-fiction texts and to expand their vocabulary.   
  • Discuss the content of their lessons and to further research the issues being studied in the classroom to broaden their understanding.
  • Read the daily broadsheet newspapers (or their associated Apps).
  • To spell correctly and to check all homework thoroughly for spelling, punctuation and grammar.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk

https://frog.wolfreton.co.uk

https://www.gcsepod.com

We also recommend the purchase of revision guides through the school to further assist students’ work outside the classroom. 

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school.  

Sixth Form Courses 

There are three A Level English courses for students to choose from:

  • English Language (OCR)
  • English Language and Literature (AQA)
  • English Literature (AQA)

In addition, students may choose to study BTEC Media Production (Edexcel).

A Level English Language (OCR)

Aims of the course:

This course looks at English in its various forms and contexts.  It develops a variety of skills including critical reading, data analysis, evaluation and the ability to develop and sustain arguments.

Course Content:

  • Exploring Language – Language under the microscope.  Writing about a topical language issue.  Comparing and contrasting texts
  • Dimensions of Linguistic Variation – Child language acquisition.  Language in the media.  Language change
  • Independent Language Research (coursework) – Investigation 2000 to 2500 words.  Academic poster 750 – 1000 words

In Year 12 students complete the following:

  • Exploring Language
  • Exploring Context

In Year 13 students will complete the additional units for the A Level course:

  • Exploring language
  • Dimensions of linguistic variation
  • Independent language research

Assessment:

Students beginning the A Level course in September 2017 will complete the linear A Level.  The course comprises:

  • 80% Examination
  • 20% Coursework

Students who began Year 12 in September 2016 will complete the AS qualification at the end of Year 12, followed by the linear A Level qualification in the summer of 2017.

 

A Level English Literature (AQA)

Aims of the course:

This course involves an in depth study of carefully selected texts that provide students with a reading list for life, promoting the beauty of language and the variety of its effects.


Course Content:

  • Aspects of Tragedy – Study of three texts:  One Shakespeare text; a second drama text and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900
  • Elements of Crime or Political Writing – Study of three texts: One post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900
  • Theory and Independence (coursework) – Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the critical anthology

In Year 12 students complete the following:

  • Literary Genres: Drama.  Aspects of tragedy
  • Literary Genres: Prose and Poetry: Aspects of tragedy

In Year 13 students will complete the following:

  •  Literary Genres.  Aspects of tragedy
  • Texts and Genres – Crime writing
  • Coursework:  Theory and independence.  2 essays

Assessment:

Students beginning the A Level course in September 2017 will complete the linear A Level.  The course comprises:

  • 80% Examination
  • 20% Coursework

Students who began Year 12 in September 2016 will complete the AS qualification at the end of Year 12, followed by the linear A Level qualification in the summer of 2017.

 

A Level English Language and Literature (AQA)

This course is delivered as part of The Consortium offer.

Course Content:

  • Telling Stories – Methods of language analysis.  Remembered places (AQA Anthology – Paris).  Imagined worlds (The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold).  Poetic voices (Works of John Doone, Robert Browning, Carol Ann Duffy and Seamus Heaney)
  • Exploring Conflicts – Methods of language analysis. Writing about society (The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini).  Dramatic encounters (All My Sons – Arthur Miller)
  • Making Connections (coursework) – Methods in language analysis.  Investigation 2500 to 3000 words.

Assessment:

Students beginning the A Level course in September 2017 will complete the linear A Level.  The course comprises:

  • 80% Examination
  • 20% Coursework

Students who began Year 12 in September 2016 will complete the AS qualification at the end of Year 12, followed by the linear A Level qualification in the summer of 2017.

  • Make use of MyPLC, a mobile-based resource.  This online resource enables students to self-assess their progress about a specification related learning checklist. 

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

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