Reading and writing are at the heart of everything.  In English we strive to inspire our students through innovative, dynamic and creative lessons.  We have a wealth of experience within the department and experts in the fields of linguistics, journalism, media and literature.  By imbuing young people with enthusiasm for effective communication in all its forms, we hope they leave our school as empowered young adults with the ability to communicate at every level.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3 – At Key Stage 3 the department follows the strands and standards of the new National Curriculum and embedded within this is a renewed focus on writing.  The department follow the Skills for Writing units created by Debra Myhill, published by Pearson Edexcel which is proven to double the rate of writing progress at KS3. The units focus on writing about the natural world, spy fiction, transformations and dystopian fiction.  We have also adopted a literacy program within Year 7 which aims to accelerate reading standards and improve the reading levels of our students across Key Stage 3.  To support the curriculum, and for fun, we also take part in an annual poetry competition, a residential trip to London to see shows and visit attractions and enjoy many visits from authors and poets. The students enjoy the pace and assortment of writing tasks and performance pieces they encounter and they are well prepared for the next Key Stage.

Key Stage 4 – Our students will be following the Edexcel program of study at GCSE from September 2015.  They will study and undertake two GCSEs: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. All assessments are now linear with a program of study over two years which culminates in exams at the end of year 11.  The students will be following the Let’s Think in English pedagogy, again written by Debra Myhill, which provides explicit teaching of contextualised grammar at KS4 in order to improve attainment in reading and writing.  Outlined here are the assessments at a glance for Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 5 – We follow the Edexcel syllabus at Key Stage 5 for A Level English Literature.  This involves the study of a variety of prose, poetry and drama.  The curriculum is designed to enable students to develop the following skills:

  •   to read widely and independently set texts and others that they have selected for themselves;
  •   to engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them;
  •   to develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation;
  •   to explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and others’ interpretations of them;
  •   to undertake independent and sustained studies to deepen their appreciation and understanding of English literature, including its changing traditions.

Lessons cater to a range of learning styles and include a mix of whole class, small group and independent activities.  Outlined here are the assessments for Key Stage 5 at a glance.

Staff

Mrs M Cleaver – Subject Leader

Mrs T Sanders

Mrs K Holmes

Miss E Cleaver

Mrs M Podonyine