English

Heads of Department - Mrs J Fuller & Mrs K Newell

Lower School

Outline of Subject

Students will read a variety of literature including prose, poetry, drama and short stories and non-fiction texts. These texts include works written before 1914 as well as contemporary material. Students will develop their writing skills using a variety of forms and audiences.  Students are expected to plan, draft, and proof-read their work. They are encouraged to focus on writing accurately and grammatically using Standard English.  Students also develop speaking skills in a variety of contexts that include individual presentations and group discussions.

Skill Development

Students will develop their reading, writing and speaking skills throughout Years 7-9.  Reading skills will include comprehension, retrieval, close analysis, and exploring a writer’s intentions and context.  Students will be equipped with subject terminology to allow them to identify the methods employed by writers to elicit responses.  Writing skills will focus on writing for different purposes and audiences, such as persuade and argue, and how a range of techniques can be used to achieve desired effects.  There will be regular focus on accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar.  Students will develop essential speaking skills such as asking questions, shaping discussion and presenting key ideas and information.

Assessment Styles 

Students’ work is assessed for effort as well as attainment. A range of written ‘mastery’ tasks is produced each year for formal assessment as evidence of attainment and progress through the academic year. Some assessment tasks will be planned and redrafted over more than one lesson, whilst others will be unseen tasks in test conditions.  Teachers will also use discussion-led activities, peer and self-assessment activities and formative marking in students’ ‘apprentice’ books to assess student progress.

Additional Information 

All students are encouraged to read independently and to include a range of fiction and non-fiction in their choices.  All our classes are mixed ability with a focus on encouraging a love of reading and writing whilst developing key English skills.

Upper School

Exam Board: AQA

Outline of Subject

Students will read a variety of literature including prose, poetry, drama and non-fiction texts. These texts include a 19th Century novel and a Shakespeare play as well as contemporary material. Students will develop their writing skills using a variety of forms and audiences.  Students are expected to plan, draft, and proof-read their work. Students are encouraged to focus on writing accurately and grammatically using Standard English.  Students also develop speaking skills in a variety of contexts that include individual presentations and group discussions.

Course Content

Skill Development

Students will develop and refine their reading and writing skills throughout Years 10-11.  Reading skills will include comprehension, retrieval, close analysis, and exploring a writer’s intentions and context.  Students will be equipped with subject terminology to allow them to identify the methods employed by writers to elicit responses.  Writing skills will focus on writing for different purposes and audiences, such as persuade and argue, and how a range of techniques can be used to achieve desired effects.  There will be regular focus on accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar.  Students will develop essential speaking skills such as asking questions, shaping discussion and presenting key ideas and information.

Assessment

A range of ‘mastery’ tasks are produced throughout the GCSE course for formal assessment; these will be marked using the GCSE assessment criteria.  Students will be given clear targets that will show them how to achieve higher marks in future exams. Some assessment tasks will be planned and redrafted over more than one lesson, whilst others will be unseen tasks in test conditions.  Teachers will also use discussion-led activities, peer and self-assessment activities and formative marking to assess student progress.  The English Language and English Literature GCSEs are assessed through 100% examination; there are four exam papers in total.

Additional Information 

All students are encouraged to read independently and to include a range of fiction and non-fiction in their choices; reading regularly and widely is essential for students as the texts they are going to be exploring are challenging and varying in their vocabulary and context.  We will provide all Year10 and 11 students with a suggested reading list and invite students to make regular use of the expertise of our excellent school librarians.

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