Welcome to our English Department
Who We Are:
Ms A Flett - Curriculum Leader for English
Ms K Ellis – Second in English
Mrs L Fyfe
Mr M Sutherland
Mrs R Blyth
Miss K Andrews
Mrs M Lloyd
Miss K Pass
Mr M King
Key Stage 3
The English department is successful, energetic and innovative. At KS3, we follow an exciting and up to date curriculum map which ensures students can engage in a range of reading material from different forms, genres and historical periods. Students also develop their writing skills, again in a variety of genres, for different audiences and purposes. Central to all English lessons are the fundamental skills of speaking and listening and students are encouraged to develop their vocabulary and confidence by communicating with their peers, either through group work or whole class activities.
The year begins by studying a modern novel - either Private Peaceful or Cirque du Freak, which allows students to develop their analytical skills by exploring key aspects of characterisation, setting and themes. They will then progress to study a play script (Frankenstein or War Horse) which provides an opportunity to deepen their understanding of different forms of text. In the spring and summer terms, we then study creative writing, Shakespeare and a media unit ensuring a rich and varied diet of literary fiction, classic drama texts and non-fiction reading and writing.
Throughout the year class teachers will, of course, target key skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar – which will be differentiated to meet the needs of all students
In Year 8, we build on the skills gained in Year 7 and expand the range of texts studied to include travel writing and pre-twentieth century literature - Dickens’ Oliver Twist or a selection of Sherlock Holmes short stories. We also continue to study the modern novel, Shakespeare and poetry, but a particular highlight of the year for most students is the Dystopian Fiction unit in the summer term, which culminates in writing an original dystopian short story.
Again spelling, punctuation and grammar skills are regularly assessed and practised in preparation for GCSE.
Key Stage 4
Our Key Stage 4 programme begins in Year 9 and everyone is entered for GCSE English Language and English Literature at the end of Year 11. The specifications we study will enable students of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.
At GCSE, English is assessed as follows:
- Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
- Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
- Paper 1: Shakespeare and the Nineteenth Century Novel
- Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry
Examination Board: AQA
Progression: Studying English Language and English Literature provides excellent preparation for either English Literature or English Language & Literature at A Level. Even if you choose not to study English at A level, well developed English skills are vital in all areas of Sixth Form and further academic study.