The English department is fortunate enough to be very well resourced. The department consists of 5 specialist teachers, one level 3 teaching assistant and an intervention specialist.
Each classroom has fully interactive whiteboards and visualizers in order to engage students in their learning. We also have access to a well-stocked library which offers a flexible learning environment that students use to support their accelerated reading scheme. Other resources that we have at our disposal include fully suited rooms of PC's, colour laser printers; web cams; microphones and digital cameras.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7, 8, and 9, each term has a different focus. New skills are learned through a topic based model. The primary objective is to prepare students for the Key Stage 4 curriculum by solidifying the skills they have acquired during Key Stage 2 programmes of study, whilst progressing students' reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Students study a range of texts for a variety of different audiences and purposes analysing linguistic devices, structure and form, commenting on the writer's purpose and effect.
To develop their speaking and listening skills pupils take part in debates, role-play and discussions, and they present their ideas to the rest of their class.
The vision of the department is to engage students in writing for real audiences and purposes. Therefore wherever possible, we involve the children in 'real' writing activities by entering competitions, writing for the local community, corresponding with companies and creating texts that will actually be used in some capacity. We also believe in a pupil centred curriculum so our schemes of work are regularly reviewed to take into account students feedback and suggestions.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students will follow the WJEC GCSE in English Language and the WJEC English Literature GCSE. The English Language course of study involves four pieces of controlled assessment and two examinations.
The units are as follows:
Unit 1- Examination: Studying Written Language
Unit 2- Examination: Using Written Language
Unit 3- Controlled Assessments (x3): Literary Reading and Creative Writing
Unit 4- Controlled Assessment (x1): Spoken Language.
The controlled assessments now account for 40% of the students’ final grade. The examinations therefore contribute 60% to the overall grade.
The English Literature course involves one piece of coursework and two examinations. The units are as follows:
Unit 1- Examination: Prose (different cultures) and poetry (contemporary)
Unit 2(a) – Examination: Literary heritage drama and contemporary prose
Unit 3 – Controlled Assessment: Poetry and drama (literary heritage)
The controlled assessment now accounts for 25% of the students’ final grade. The examinations therefore contribute 75% of the overall grade.
Autumn 1st Half term - Skelling: First Person Narrative
Autumn 2nd Half term - Literary Heritage: A Christmas Carol
Spring Half term - Media
Spring half term 2 - Poetry
Summer Half term 1 - Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing or Macbeth
Summer half term 2 - Non- fiction reading and writing
Autumn 1st Half term - Gothic Horror
Autumn 2nd Half term - Non-fiction reading and writing
Spring Half term - Modern Novels (Stormbreaker, The Hunger Games, Ghost Game, Don't Wake the Devil)
Spring half term 2 - History of Literature and Language
Summer Half term 1 - Shared fiction
Summer half term 2 - Poetry
Autumn 1st Half term - Literary Heritage: Tales From Other Times
Autumn 2nd Half term - War Poetry
Spring Half term - Media
Spring half term 2 - Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
Summer Half term 1 - GCSE Course Introduction: Narrative Writing
Summer half term 2 - GCSE Course Introduction: Descriptive Writing