English

Welcome to our English Department 

Who We Are:

Mrs L Fyfe - Curriculum Leader

Mr M Sutherland (Assistant Headteacher)

Mrs A Flett

Mr J Riley

Miss C Belcher

Mr S Gillespe

Ms E Payne

Mrs M Lloyd 

Miss K Andrews

Miss K Pass

 

Key Stage 3

At Emmbrook we are committed to promoting independent and active learning. To this end, we are constantly updating and modifying our Schemes of Work to ensure that we are catering for the needs of all our KS3 students. In this phase, students are given opportunities to develop skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening. These skills are essential for success in the GCSE exams. KS3 students read stories, drama texts and poetry. They are also given opportunities to explore media and non-fiction texts. The schemes of work encourage development of vocabulary, writing for specific audiences and purposes and confidence in speaking and listening activities. In addition, students are exposed to texts from different eras and cultures.

Home Learning tasks/projects are set regularly to promote independent learning and consolidation of skills learnt in class. In addition to the home learning activities, students are encouraged to read at home on a regular basis. Recommended reading lists are available on this site.

KS3 teachers use APP (Accessing Pupil Progress) to monitor progress. Work done in class is marked regularly and clear feedback is given. Students are assessed on a half-termly basis, on completion of a unit of study. Students are given specific targets to encourage progress throughout the year and an end of year exam is written.

KS3 English teachers work closely with the Literacy Coordinator (Mrs D Saunders) to promote literacy skills. Year 7 and Year 8 students have a library lesson once every fortnight.

KS3 students are invited to participate in a variety of creative activities throughout the year. These may include: Roald Dahl Storytelling Event, International ebook experience, Young Writer’s Competition (stories are published), Poetweets for Emmbrook’s twitter page, Shake-up Shakespeare Poetry Competition (poems are published), Author visits, Young Shakespeare Company’s performance of Romeo and Juliet and other exciting events.

We hope that our KS3 students enjoy the opportunities available to engage creatively and develop their skills.

Year 7

Autumn Term 1 in Year 7 begins with the Transition Unit, which helps to provide a smooth move between Primary and Secondary school. The emphasis is on building self-confidence, as well as encouraging students to use their imagination to complete a piece of Creative Writing. Students will also engage in language analysis.

Hereafter, teachers will move on to other schemes of work such as ‘Autobiographies’.  This unit allows for further development of reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.

Students will study a range of poetry and explore themes and language used by writers to create effects. They will then apply this knowledge to produce their own poetry and to begin to analyse poetic devices.

KS3 students will also read a novel as a class. They will look at the writer’s use of language and development of characters, in addition to identifying and reflecting on the writer’s themes and ideas. APP will be linked to the novel studied

They will be given opportunities to study a range of media texts. They explore how writers craft adverts/leaflets to persuade a target audience. They begin to learn specific language that will be useful throughout the rest of their school career and especially when they begin their GCSE years.

Students will enjoy the Drama unit, where students will be able to read a play, or extracts of a play as a class. This allows them to explore issues of characterisation and theme, the author’s choice of language and to develop their ability to empathise with situations and characters using a range of dramatic techniques.

In addition to the above, all Year 7 pupils will receive one library lesson per week, where they will be shown how to use the library, for both personal and academic use. They will also be encouraged to borrow reading books in order to develop their appreciation of reading for pleasure.

Throughout the year class teachers will target key skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar – which will be differentiated to meet the needs of all students – and will help to build on the fundamental skills which will be assessed during their GCSEs.

Students' work is assessed for APP in reading and writing throughout the year. All units of work will generate reading and writing responses, which target specific assessment focuses. Speaking and listening will be taught across all units and assessed at various points during the year.

Year 8

In Year 8, students read a novel as a class to develop a deeper understanding of literary techniques. Students will study the way that characters are presented, development of setting and how suspense is created. Key points in the novel will be analysed in detail to develop the student’s ability to comment on language – both verbally and orally – and other features of writing.

During the year students will explore ballads and narrative poetry. During this project students will study a variety of ballads from different eras and cultures. They will investigate and explore the ballad form through writing, speaking and listening and performing.

Year 8 students will be given opportunities to develop their understanding of media and non-fiction texts. They will have the opportunity to study a variety of non-fiction texts in order to identify audience and purpose. They will analyse suitable texts and attempt to produce their own articles, magazines, etc.

Students are given an introduction to Shakespeare plays. The emphasis is on familiarising themselves with Shakespearean language and also helps to explore the social and historical context in which the plays were written. Students will develop their analytical skills when interpreting language and character. Students will also produce a drama-based speaking and listening piece and try their hand at writing their own play script, or design their own costume, or set.

We have introduced Dystopian Writing as a new unit of work. Students will be taught the features of the genre and they will write a dystopian story. They will also read other examples of dystopian literature, examining structure, themes and other features of the genre.

Throughout the year class teachers will target key skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar – which will be differentiated to meet the needs of all students – and will help to build on the fundamental skills which will be assessed during their GCSEs.

Students' work is assessed for APP in reading and writing throughout the year. All units of work will generate reading and writing responses, which target specific assessment focuses. Speaking and listening will be taught across all units and assessed at various points during the year. 

 

Key Stage 4

Examination Board: AQA

Being good at English is essential in modern life. The ability to communicate - to read accurately and to write and speak clearly - is central to nearly all activities. The English Language and English Literature courses give you every opportunity to develop your ability to express yourself effectively and confidently. The coursework option, available as part of the English Language course, will appeal to candidates of all abilities who wish to pursue an individual interest or area of study. With its focus on independent research and learning, and the development of study skills, it provides an invaluable preparation for higher level study.

Both subjects also involve analysing novels, poetry and drama and understanding how writers communicate through language. All students will study English Language and English Literature.

 *IGCSE: The IGCSE is an international qualification and is recognised and has the equivalence of our own GCSE. 

Assessments:

English Language

Speaking and Listening task: 10%
Paper 1 Written exam paper: 50%
Paper 2 Written paper (optional) 40% or Coursework Project (optional) 40%

English Literature

Controlled Assessment: 25%
Written Examination: 75%

Progression: If you have studied both English Language and English Literature, and achieved a GCSE grade C in both, you can study 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 study. All employers look for good standards of English.