English

KS3 English

Head of Department: Miss. R Horsnail 

Introduction

The Aims of the English Department are:

  • To make students’ lives easier, richer and fuller,
  • Improve students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • Inspire students with a love for reading and for literature
  • Assist students to become responsible for their learning
  • Enable students to achieve the highest possible exam grades

In practice, our teachers’ responsibility is to plan and teach good lessons; assess students’work and exercise books effectively; know the students and how to have a positive impact on them.

Year 7

The topics covered in Year 7:

 

Unit 1: A response to modern prose fiction

  • ‘Life in a New Place.’ A comprehensive study of Louis      Sachar’s ‘Holes.’

 

Unit 2: A response to 19th Century Prose Fiction

  • ‘Charles Dickens and Victorian      London.’

A comprehensive study ‘A Christmas Carol.’

 

Unit 3: Non-fiction texts

  • ‘Tell me something I don’t know.’     

A study of the skills required to produce explanation texts

 

  • Unit      4: Poetry

‘Narrative.’ A study of  classic narrative poetry including Beowulf

 

  • Unit      5: Narrative/descriptive writing

‘Setting and character.’ A study of the skills required to produce descriptive texts.

 

  • Unit 6: Shakespeare and Drama

‘An introduction to William Shakespeare.’ A study of the famous bard and a development of drama skills.

 

Annual enrichment activities

December: Christmas theatre trip to see a classic Roald Dahl text brought to life.

Author visit.

 

Enrichment clubs

Debating club (Room 19. 14.35pm-15.35pm

 

Yearly competitions

January: Chris Evan’s 500 word short story competition.

July: Foyle Young Poet of the Year competition

Year 8

The topics covered in Year 8 are:

  • Unit      1: A response to modern prose fiction

‘War in Literature.’ A comprehensive study of John Boyne’s ‘Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.’

 

  • Unit      2: A response to 19th Century Prose Fiction

‘Gothic Chillers.’  A comparison between 19th century gothic horror texts.

 

  • Unit      3: Non-fiction texts

‘Getting what you want!’ A study of the skills required to produce persuasion texts.

 

  • Unit      4: Poetry

‘Place.’ A study of poetry from different settings and cultures.

 

  • Unit      5: Narrative/descriptive writing

‘Suspense and tension.’ A study of the skills required to produce effective narratives.

 

  • Unit      6: Shakespeare and Drama

‘The Tempest.’ A comprehensive study of the famous play.

 

Enrichment clubs

Debating club (Room 19. 14.35pm-15.35pm)

 

Yearly competitions

January: Chris Evan’s 500 word short story competition.

July: Foyle Young Poet of the Year competition

 

Year 9

The topics covered in Year 9 are:

  • Unit      1: A response to modern prose fiction

‘Division and difference.’ A comprehensive study of Malorie Blackman’s ‘Noughts and Crosses.’

 

  • Unit      2: A response to 19th Century Prose Fiction

‘The unknown.’ A comprehensive study of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Hound of The Baskervilles.’

  • Unit      3: Non-fiction texts

‘Having a rant.’ A study of the skills required to produce an argument.

 

  • Unit      4: Poetry

‘Character and Voice.’ A study of Yorkshire writers.

 

  • Unit      5: Narrative/descriptive writing

‘Point of View.’ Re-create a piece of narrative writing from a text already read.

  • Unit      6: Shakespeare and Drama

‘Romeo and Juliet.’ A comprehensive study of Shakespeare’s famous play.

 

Enrichment clubs

Debating club (Room 19. 14.35pm-15.35pm)

 

Yearly competitions

January: Chris Evan’s 500 word short story competition.

July: Foyle Young Poet of the Year competition

 

KS4 English Language & Literature

    

Qualification achievable

2 GCSEs

GCSE equivalence

 

Core or Option

Core Subject

Head of Department

Mr W Shuttleworth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                

What will I study & how is the course organised?

All students will follow a dual course consisting of English Language and English Literature, leading to two GCSEs which must be taken together.   Some students may also be entered for Functional Skills.

 

This joint course tests students’ ability to:

         ·            Understand and produce a non-fiction text

         ·            Understand and produce a fiction text

         ·            Read and explore ideas, themes and language in a variety of novels, poetry and drama including a work by William Shakespeare.

 

How is the course assessed?

 

English Language:

         ·            Paper 1 – 50% (1 hour 45 minutes)

         ·            Paper 2 – 50% (1 hour 45 minutes)

 

English Literature:

         ·            Paper 1 – 40% (1 hour 45 minutes)

         ·            Paper 2 – 60% (2 hour 15 minutes)

 

 

Where might it lead?

Gaining a good grade in English is essential in order to access most Sixth Form and College courses as well as particular university courses and careers.  All employers seek employees with a high level of comprehension, writing and communication skills.