The English Department
As a department, our goal is to nurture a love of both language and literature. We work hard to develop students’ ability to communicate successfully, encouraging them to extend the range of their own language in terms of style, vocabulary, structure and form, and providing them with the tools to become engaging and imaginative writers. We provide opportunities to explore literature, whether it be contemporary authors or writers from the literary heritage.
Staff List and Responsibilities:
Miss L Travis, Head of English
Miss C Batt, Lead Practitioner
Miss K Topham, Key Stage 4 Coordinator
Mrs H McKune, Key Stage 3 Coordinator and Catch-up Coordinator
Mr J Kenwright, Teacher of English
Miss J Grundy, Teacher of English
Miss O Mason, Teacher of English
Miss L Walton, Teacher of English
Click for an overview of the 2016-2017 English curriculum.
What we study in Years 7 and 8
We use a thematic approach in Key Stage 3. Over the two years, students read a variety of texts: biography, autobiography, newspapers reports, blogs and reviews, both fiction and non-fiction. Students also develop their writing skills as they learn how to adapt their writing for different purposes and audiences. In addition there is a focus on speaking and listening in order to help students become confident and effective communicators.
Click for an example of fun learning in Year 7 English.
Click for more information about English in Years 7 and 8.
English at Key Stage 4
All students study both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Students begin both courses in Year 9.
Current Year 9 and 10 (2016-2017)
The course starts with ‘A Christmas Carol’ before moving on to ‘Blood Brothers’ and ‘Relationships’ poetry. Students will also study Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. All of this will contribute to their English Literature GCSE. Students will then study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts (both contemporary and from the literary heritage). Students will also focus on their writing skills, especially on producing creative texts. We follow AQA English Literature and EDUQAS* English Language at GCSE.
* EDUQAS is the new name for WJEC
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