English at KS3:
This is an exciting blend of both modern and traditional teaching/learning. Pupils are encouraged to develop their writing and reading and speaking/listening skills. 'Thinking' is taught to ensure that everyone becomes reflective about the many types of texts that are encountered on a daily basis. This is linked to the popular 'Philosophy Fortnight'. We also expect that our pupils are able to devise and raise questions about the many types of writing that they will be exposed to.
We aim to instil in our learners the ability to distinguish between quality writing and that which is not yet suitable for publishing. We endeavour to make pupils aware of current events and how these are portrayed in the media. 'Poetry Day' and 'World Book Day' are two events that are supported annually. We have strong links with our library (Librarian/Mrs Pickup) and have jointly welcomed various authors in recent years such as Cathy MacPhail and Chris D'Lacey.
Formal speaking/listening is encouraged by the Catenian competition. We have also been part of the BBC School Report for several years and this builds upon our use of modern technologies to improve learning.
The core English units throughout the Key Stage are (nb six lessons per fortnight):
- Prose/Short Stories
- Modern Drama/Shakespeare
- Non-Fiction and Media
Titles of all the texts and types of stimulus materials are too many to list! But, pupils will develop their skills through experiencing the works of modern authors like Neil Gaiman, the plays of Shakespeare, poetry from around the world and our common heritage, contemporary texts such as websites/newspapers and also through preparing for terminal written exams.
Pupils should be able to both imitate the various text forms and also undertake written or oral critique about them. 'Work' is completed in an exercise book that can be brought home for parents to discuss with their children. A Level (e.g. 6b) is recorded three times a year to form the basis of a pupil's yearly Teacher Assessment. Feedback is given regularly to ensure that expected progress is made. Various teaching strategies will be used to ensure that 'Outstanding' learning takes place. Feedback will be given in various forms and should also be discussed at home. Written comments will encourage pupils to reflect on their successes and to identify where improvements are required. We adhere to the College policy on marking and assessment. Home Learning is set each week (twice). One of these will always be 'READING' - all pupils are expected to read for a minimum of ten minutes a night. Many will easily exceed this! The other home learning will prepare pupils for the work/learning they are undertaking in the classroom. Extended tasks will also be set.
We expect our pupils to be able to communicate clearly in the modern age. A special focus has been reintroduced to ensure that 'spelling, punctuation and grammar' requirements are followed - irrespective of text type or audience.
By the end of KS3 pupils will be prepared for starting the next stage of their learning adventure...
KS4 Curriculum: GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE and ENGLISH LITERATURE
Teacher in charge: Mr S.Slocombe – Learning and Teaching: Leader of English and Drama
Year 11 Exam Boards:Edexcel iGCSE Language (Sets 1-7) AQA GCSE Literature (Sets 1-7)
Year 10 Exam Boards: Edexcel GCSE Language (Sets 1-7) AQA GCSE Literature (Sets 1-7)
What will I study?
You will study a variety of novels, plays, short stories, and poetry and non-fiction texts.
Is this course suitable for me?
Everyone studies English to GCSE. All pupils work towards two examinations in English Language and Literature.
How will I be assessed?
(Year 11Sets 1 –7) Edexcel iGCSE (UK State Schools) English Language: This exciting course allows pupils the opportunity to become ‘critical and reflective’ readers, speakers and writers. They will respond to a variety of non-fiction and fiction texts. Creative writing skills will also form part of the course.
- Paper 1 (Anthology) 70%
- Paper 2 Reading and Writing. 20%
- Paper 3 - Three Tasks – Speaking and Listening. (Individual, Group, Pair). 10%
Facilitates progression to AS and Advanced GCE in English Language, English Literature or English Literature and Language, or equivalent qualifications.
(Year 11Sets 1-7) AQA English Literature will contain three units:
- Unit 1: Exploring modern texts – Focus modern prose/drama and exploring cultures. This will be assessed by exam. 40%.
- Unit 2: Poetry across time – Literary heritage plus contemporary poetry including comparative study. This will be assessed by exam. 35%.
- Unit 3: The significance of Shakespeare and the literary heritage – A linked study of Shakespeare and literary heritage text. [Controlled Assessment].
(Year 10 Sets 1 –7) Edexcel GCSE English Language: This is a new course. Pupils will be awarded numbers 1- 9 rather than G-A* at the end of the course. Speaking and listening will be given a recognised with separate rating e.g. merit.
- Paper 1: Fiction and Imaginative Writing. Exam – 1 hour and 45 minutes. 40%
-Section A – Reading: questions on an unseen 19th-century fiction extract.
-Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extract.
- Paper 2: Non-fiction and Transactional Writing. Exam – 2 hours. 60%
-Section A – Reading: questions on two thematically linked, unseen non-fiction extracts.
-Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extracts.
(Year 11Sets 1-7) AQA English Literature: This is also a new course. Pupils will be awarded numbers 1- 9 rather than G-A* at the end of the course.
- Paper 1:
- Shakespeare and the 19th -century novel. Exam – 1 hour and 45 minutes. 40%
- Section A – Shakespeare. Pupils will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.
- Section B – The 19th-century novel. Pupils will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.
- Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry. Exam – 2 hours and 15 minutes. 60%
- Section A – Modern texts: Pupils will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.
- Section B – Poetry: Pupils will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.
- Section C – Unseen Poetry: Pupils will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.
What skills will I learn?
- Good communication in speaking and writing.
- Critical and analytical skills.
- Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.
- Questioning and Thinking Skills.
- Group work.
What will I learn about?
Poetry and prose from the English speaking world through history and from modern times. If you study any Media you will learn how modern media are produced and how they influence our society.
How is this course relevant to my future career choices?
The skills you will learn by studying English are essential for all careers. Many college courses and jobs ask for at least Grade C in English.