The English Faculty thrive to develop confident readers, creative writers and assertive speakers. We encourage students to develop a love of reading and see writing as a way of expressing their ideas.
Key Stage 3
Students will be studying a 19th century play/novel, a Shakespeare play and a range of poetry. These texts will encourage students to develop a deeper understanding of the world we currently live in and compare with the contexts of the world described by authors like Mary Shelley, David Almond, William Shakespeare and William Blake. Students will also get the opportunity to express their views of other writers in various non-fiction works. We will encourage students to widen their understanding of how the English Language is formed and the origins of the words we use today. By doing this, we hope to improve students' ability to use a range of vocabulary, sentence structures with correct spelling and punctuation. The English Faculty will assess students' ability to speak in front of the class and hopefully present a poem or a subject close to their heart.
Key Stage 4
Students will be studying a 19th century play/novel, a modern play/novel, a Shakespeare play and a range of poetry, in preparation for their final exams in year 11. The two year GCSE course is with the AQA examination board. The qualification for English Language and Literature is 100% examination so we endeavour to build students' ability to recall the events of a novel/play/poem and be able to comment on a writers' use of Language, form and structure. Students will also get the opportunity to express their views creatively in a piece of writing and also be able to recognise the views of other writers in various non-fiction works. 20% of the examination will be assessing students ability to use correct spelling, punctuation and grammar and is therefore a key area for all to make improvements in. As a Faculty, we encourage students to complete weekly revision tasks which will inform the content of their Language and Literature lessons. To further support our students, we will also assess students' skills in using the spoken language and they will be awarded a pass, merit or distinction in this. These skills will prove invaluable in informing their reading and writing skills in the final examinations and their future success.
GCSE past papers and mark schemes
GCSE Revision Guides
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Extended Curriculum & Achieve Programme
As a faculty, we are proud of the support we can offer before or after school for homework, revision and general catch-up with any work missed. The students can work with the teacher or in the Library to access a wealth of information that they may use to expand their knowledge of a topic.
The faculty offer the opportunity for students to order the English Language and Literature AQA subject specific revision guides both at KS3 and KS4. We also guide students to the Literature guide books which are available on-line. This is supported by the revision sessions which are available leading up to assessments and exams allowing the students to feel prepared and confident.
The English faculty allows extensive opportunities for enrichment. In the last academic year, a reward theatre visit had been organised for each Year at KS3 (A Christmas Carol/The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time) while Year 11 had been given the opportunity to watch 'An Inspector Calls' and the play adaptation of 'Lord of the Flies'. Year 10 had also been given the experience of listening and speaking to the poets represented in the new GCSE anthology in the Poetry Live event. Within school, the love of reading is encouraged with fortnightly library lessons and an annual Readathon for KS3. Creative writing is also encouraged outside the curriculum with opportunities for students to publish their short stories and poems through Young Writers.
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