English

What is the Department Vision?

To create life-long, resilient learners who will make outstanding progress in English.

KS3

What will my child be studying?

The key stage three curriculum is designed around themes. This supports the development of cross-curricular and real life skills as well as helping pupils to understand the relevance of language and literature. In each year of Key Stage Three, pupils cover literature in different forms, including a novel, poetry and a play. The curriculum is varied in content, with a range  texts from pre C18th and the modern day.

What equipment will my child need?
The department provides pupils will texts for reading in class, however, for extended learning and to support your child at home, it would be useful to have a copy of the following texts:

‘Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Askaban’ J.K. Rowling (Yr 7)

'Oliver Twist' Charles Dickens (Yr 8)
 
'Of Mice and Men' John Steinbeck (Yr 9)

How can I support my child through KS3?

The most effective support to improve your child’s progress in English is to encourage your child to read regularly.

Pupils are also provided with an extended learning menu of tasks for every half term. These tasks support the skills and content of the curriculum and parents and carers are encouraged to support pupils with these tasks. 

How will my child be assessed in KS3?
Pupils are assessed formatively, twice every half term using a modified version of the National Strategies Assessing Pupil Progress criteria. Pupils will take a summative exam in the final term of Year 8, and again in the final term of Year 9. The exam in year 8 provides the basis for a tailored Year 9 curriculum where intervention and support is targeted.

KS4

What exam board do we use?
We use two different exam boards for our level 2 qualifications. Pupils will either sit the Edexcel certificates in English Language and English Literature or the Cambridge IGCSE First Language English qualification and the Edexcel Certificate in English Literature.

How is the course assessed?
The Edexcel Certificate in English Language is assessed on external examinations with the exception of the Speaking and Listening component, which is assessed during the course. The two papers assess a range of reading and writing skills including fiction and non-fiction. The exam will include two texts which have been covered during the course, and one text which is unseen before the exam.

The Cambridge IGCSE in English Language includes a coursework component, which includes three pieces of writing, one of which is a response to a text and a proportion of the marks are awarded for reading. These are completed in class during the year. It also includes a Speaking and Listening controlled assessment, which is completed in school. The external examination assesses pupils’ reading skills.

The Edexcel Certificate in English Literature is solely assessed by external examinations, including two papers which assess the texts studied in the course as well as an unseen text.

What is covered on the course?
The curriculum is skills based and pupils cover a range of content which includes the texts for the exams. We aim to teach pupils to understand the literary cannon and to be able to evaluate a text in relation to this. As such, we cover texts from pre C18th to the modern day and encourage pupils to develop the skills to confidently analyse any text.

What websites would you recommend?

http://genius.com/ - for detailed and thorough practice for language analysis

BBC Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zr9d7ty - for basic skills

What equipment will my child need?

Pupils are provided with an anthology and all of texts they are required to study in class. However, for their extended learning and to support your child at home, it would be useful for pupils to have a copy of the following texts:

‘Of Mice and Men’ John Steinbeck

‘An Inspector Calls’ J.B. Priestly

Additional texts with similar themes which pupils may want to use to support their wider study of literature:

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ – Harper Lee

‘The Death of a Salesman’ – Arthur Miller