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English

‘The English language is nobody’s special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.’ Derek Walcott

Vision

In English, our aim is:

  • to develop and deliver schemes of work that challenge, motivate, engage and inspire.
  • to develop word-rich students and to give them a broad experience of texts that are local, national and international, spanning cultures and time periods.
  • to enable students to read, comprehend and respond to a range of texts
  • to encourage creativity and to improve the confidence of students to communicate accurately and imaginatively in narrative, descriptive and discursive work
  • to enable students to reflect on their strengths and areas for development in their own reading and writing and to actively improve their work
  • to put maps, keys and the ‘Make It Stick’ strategy at the heart of all that we do, to encourage independent thinking and to reinforce their understanding of the subject

Key Stage Three

Students follow a varied curriculum that covers all types of poetry, drama and prose. In year 7, they will examine poetry from an anthology, have an introduction to the plays of Shakespeare and study Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo.  In Year 8, they will also examine poetry from an anthology, read Blood Brothers by Willy Russell and study gothic/dystopian texts including Woman in Black by Susan Hill. They will learn to write in different forms such as descriptions, stories, reviews and argumentative/persuasive writing as well as developing their understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Students are placed in ability groupings, including a grammar stream, and the setting is designed to provide challenge and support as appropriate. They are assessed each term for both reading and writing. They are given individual targets and specific tasks to help them to improve their reading and writing skills.

Key Stage Four

At Key Stage Four, students follow the GCSE AQA Specification.

Students will study towards a GCSE in both English Language and English Literature. We develop their ability to read, explain and analyse a range of texts, including seen and unseen texts, fiction and non-fiction. They will learn to compare and contrast the meaning of texts and the methods writers use. During KS4, students study A Christmas Carol, Macbeth, An Inspector Calls and a collection of poems from different eras on the theme of power and conflict.

Students are taught in ability groupings, designed to challenge and support as appropriate. They are assessed entirely by examination.