Welcome to our English Department
Who We Are:
- Mrs L Fyfe - Director English and MFL
- Ms K Ellis – Acting Curriculum Leader for English
- Miss K Andrews
- Mrs R Blyth
- Mrs H Gedney
- Mr M King
- Mrs M Lloyd
- Mr H Wilcox
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 Learning 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.
KS3 teachers use Flash Marking to monitor progress and to identify the progress of key skills. Work done in class is marked regularly and clear feedback is given for students to reflect and act upon. Students are assessed on a half-termly basis, on completion of a unit of study; they will also complete a Language exam at the end of each year, which has been produced by AQA Exam board for KS3.
We hope that our KS3 students enjoy the opportunities available to engage creatively and continue to develop their skills.
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. Both subjects involve analysing novels, poetry and drama and understanding how writers communicate through language.
As core subjects, all students will study both English Language and English Literature. Each course is assessed at the end of Y11 with 100% examination.
We encourage students to purchase their own copy of the texts that are studied at GCSE so they can make detailed annotations and so they can be used to support their revision:
Macbeth – William Shakespeare
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
An Inspector Calls – J B Priestley
If you have studied both English Language and English Literature, and achieved a GCSE grade 5 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.