Subject English
Members of staff Heather Walls – Curriculum Leader, Helen Nesworthy – Assistant Curriculum Leader,  Kate Christie –  Teacher, Charlotte McGonnell – Teacher, Coral Ditchburn – Teacher, Claire Scudder – Assistant Head/Teacher, Elaine Johnstone – English Teacher and Literacy Co-ordinator.
Subject overview

The study of English is essential, to support our young people on their way to take their places as productive, engaged members of society.  Developing reading and writing skills along with encouraging students towards a confident fluency as speakers, allows them, in a media saturated society, to become skilled communicators.  English and Literature equips them to be able to read and understand a wide variety of different texts and to write clearly, coherently and accurately, using a wide range of vocabulary to express points and ideas convincingly.

As soon as students join us in Year 7, we aim to foster a real enthusiasm for the subject and develop strong roots of knowledge and understanding which will stay with them throughout their time with us and beyond.  We care about the development of every individual and plan to ensure that all students are stretched and challenged to achieve their potential. The department runs a range of different extra-curricular groups to encourage reading for pleasure.  We also have a Journalism Club to encourage and develop our writers.

At GCSE level, students will study for:  GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature

GCSE English Language involves the study of Creative Reading and Writing in Paper 1 and considering Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives in Paper 2.

GCSE English Literature comprises the following examination units:

Paper 1 – Shakespeare (‘Macbeth’) and the 19th century novel (Dickens’ A Christmas Carol).

Paper 2 – Modern Texts (An Inspector Calls) and Poetry (An Anthology on the topic of Love and Relationships)

Key Stage 3

 

Content Year 7 Year 8
Autumn term 1 1.    Initial testing after the summer break.

2.    ‘Introduction to English’ designed as a bridge between Primary and Secondary English. Students will be introduced to the ‘Big Ideas’ in the subject and will read a wide range of texts.

3.    Students will write a narrative of an important memory

4.    Opportunities to read for pleasure and visit our LRC

1.    Initial testing after the summer break.

2.    Introduction to a wide range Gothic Literature

3.    Reading for pleasure

Autumn term 2 1.    The Supernatural (including a range of Reading and Writing activities)

2.    Reading for Pleasure

1.    Gothic Unit continued: students will be creating their own writing in the gothic genre.

2.    Reading for Pleasure

Spring term 1 1.    The Class Novel linked to an awareness of cultural diversity.

2.    Reading for Pleasure

1.    Heroes and Villains: students will study a novel that explores ideas linked to heroic and villainous characters.

2.    Reading for Pleasure

Spring term 2 1.    Diverse Cultures linked  with spring term 1: poetry

2.    Reading for Pleasure

1.    Heroes and Villains cont. students will create their own well-structured narratives on this theme

2.    Reading for Pleasure

Summer term 1 1.    Myths and Legends

2.    Reading for Pleasure

1.    Dickensian London unit introduces students to Dickens and the Victorian era.

2.    Reading for Pleasure

Summer term 2 1.    Introduction to Shakespeare. 1.    Dickensian London cont. with students developing their own writing which expresses a point of view convincingly.
Key Stage 4
Content Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn term 1 An Introduction to GCSE English and GCSE Literature:

1. Literature: ‘ A Christmas Carol’ by Dickens

2. Literature: Anthology Poetry

3. English: Developing an awareness of how texts are structured for impact.

1. GCSE Literature:  Macbeth

2. GCSE English: focus on Paper 1 Section A and Paper 1 Section B

1. GCSE Literature:  Macbeth

2. GCSE English:  Paper 2 (Non Fiction reading and writing)

Autumn term 2 1. Literature: continue to develop knowledge and understanding of ‘A Christmas Carol’

2. Literature: Anthology Poetry

3. English:  creating convincing point of view texts.

1. Literature:  ‘A Christmas Carol’

2. English:  Paper 1 Q5 – writing to describe or narrate a story.

1. Literature:  ‘A Christmas Carol’

2. GCSE English:  Paper 2 (Non Fiction reading and writing)

 

Spring term 1 1. Literature: an Introduction to Shakespeare’s Macbeth

2. Literature: Anthology Poetry

3. English:  developing descriptive writing skills.

1. Literature:  ‘An Inspector Calls’.

2. English:  Paper 2 Section A and B – reading non-fiction sources communicating viewpoints on a range of issues.

1. Literature:  ‘An Inspector Calls’.

2. English: full revision of Paper 1 (fiction) Section A and B

Spring term 2 1. Literature: continue  to develop knowledge and understanding of Macbeth

2. Literature: Anthology Poetry

3. English: continue  developing descriptive writing skills.

1. Literature:  Anthology Poetry

2. English: Paper 2 creating convincing texts which convey a point of view.

1. Literature: full revision of Poetry Anthology and Unseen Poetry

2. English: continue closing gaps with Paper 1 (fiction)

Summer term 1 1. ‘An Inspector Calls’ play by JB Priestley.

2. Literature: Anthology Poetry

3. English:  developing as persuasive writers, convincingly communicating points of view.

1. Literature:  ‘Unseen Poetry’ – building students’ reading strategies.

2. English: Paper 1 section A – how to answer each question in line with what examiners expect.

Final  Exam Preparations.
Summer term 2 1.  Continue with ‘An Inspector Calls’ play by JB Priestley.

2. Literature: Anthology Poetry

3. English:  how to write engaging story openings.

1. Literature: return to Macbeth

2. English: Paper 2 Section A – how to answer each question in line with what examiners expect.

 
Revision links for GCSE course

All Literature texts https://www.senecalearning.com/

Macbeth: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zgq3dmn

An Inspector Calls: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zpr639q

A Christmas Carol:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zwhkxsg

Poetry:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zs43ycw

 

English:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zgkj39q

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z34dycw

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zyg9nbk

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zs3chv4

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zpyg6fr

https://www.gcsepod.com/

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

Encourage your child to read something every day.  This could be novels, magazines, newspapers, online blogs and other articles.

2.       Talk to your child about their reading: ask them to, for example, summarise briefly their reading? Can they give you the overall viewpoint of an article they have been reading?  Can they say anything about how the writer got that viewpoint across?  Do they agree or disagree with the article?  Why?

3.       Whenever your child completes any written work at home, ask them to carefully check their spelling and punctuation before they finish.

4.       Watch film versions of the texts studied for Literature.

Extra-Curricular Activities

1.       Journalism Club at Key Stage 3 (includes producing reports for the BBC and pages for the Evening Chronicle)

2.       Year 7 Reading for Pleasure Lunchtime groups

3.       A range of extra curricular revision and examination preparation groups in Year 11