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English

The English Faculty is a very successful faculty, which regularly achieves outstanding results at all key stages

Students are set according to ability.

Opportunities exist within each academic year, for students to be moved between groups, to ensure that their needs continue to be effectively met.

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The English Faculty offers exciting opportunities for students to engage with the study of English and Drama. We participate in many enrichment activities such as the ‘Jack Petchey Speak Out’ challenge and the students enjoy theatre trips, visits to student conferences and study days and visits from theatre companies.

Key Stage 3 English

In Key Stage 3 English, students study a range of enriching literature from various time periods to develop reading skills, as well as enhancing their writing skills.  We introduce our Year 7 students to GCSE skills which are then developed in greater depth in Year 8 to prepare the students for the transition to Key Stage 4.

Weekly spellings are integrated into the Schemes of Work to contribute to vocabulary growth and regular homework tasks are set to reinforce learning.  We promote a love of reading using Accelerated Reader software to celebrate students’ progress and monitor the practice of reading. 

Year 7 English at Chislehurst School for Girls

Units of Work

Transition Skills

Foci:

  • Synonyms 
  • Homophones 
  • Using punctuation for effect 
  • Developing use of sentence structure 
  • Key literary terms/language devices 
  • Paragraphs and organisation 
  • PEAL (point, evidence, analysis, link) paragraphs.

English Language: Introduction to Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Foci:

  • Reading extracts from novels and short stories 
  • Analysing language and structure 
  • Evaluating texts critically  
  • Extended writing.

English Literature: Poetry and 19th Century Literature

Foci:

  • Reading, understanding and responding to poems 
  • Analysing the language, form and structure 
  • Understanding the context of poems
  • Develop personal responses to texts 
  • Producing clear and coherent writing 
  • Exploring aspects of plot, characterisation, events and settings.

English Language: Introduction to Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

Foci:

  • Reading and understanding non-fiction texts 
  • Explicit and implicit ideas
  • Writing summaries 
  • Comparing writers’ ideas and perspectives 
  • Extended writing.

English Literature: Introduction to Shakespeare

Foci:

  • Demonstrate clear understanding of what they have read (comprehension) 
  • Analyse characters and themes from Shakespeare’s plays 
  • Identify and analyse techniques used by Shakespeare to create specific effects
  • Understand the historical and social context.

English Literature: Novel

Foci:

  • Analysis of language 
  • Links to the novel as a whole 
  • Historical and cultural context 
  • Understanding themes, characters and setting. 

 

Year 8 English at Chislehurst School for Girls

Units of Work

English Literature: London Unit - Poetry

Foci:

  • Reading, understanding and responding to poems 
  • Analysing the language, form and structure
  • Understanding the context of poems.

English Literature: London Unit - Novel

Foci:

  • Analysis of language 
  • Links to the novel as a whole 
  • Historical and cultural context
  • Understanding themes, characters and setting.

English Language: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

Foci:

  • Reading and understanding non-fiction texts 
  • Explicit and implicit ideas
  • Writing summaries. 
  • Comparing writers’ ideas and perspectives. 
  • Extended writing.

English Language: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Foci:

  • Reading extracts from novels and short stories. 
  • Analysing language and structure. 
  • Evaluating texts critically.  
  • Extended writing.

English Literature: Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing

Foci:

  • Demonstrate clear understanding of what they have read (comprehension). 
  • Analyse characters and themes from Shakespeare’s plays. 
  • Identify and analyse techniques used by Shakespeare to create specific effects.
  • Understand the historical and social context of the play.

World Literature

Foci:

  • Analysis of language 
  • Links to the novel as a whole 
  • Historical and cultural context.   
  • Understanding themes, characters and setting.

 

Year 9

Units of work for Year 9

Units of work

Sub Headings

Poetry

·         Reading, understanding and responding to poems.

·         Analysing the language, form and structure.

·         Understanding the context of poems.

 Literary Shorts                                                        

·         Close reading of 19th and 20th century short stories

          Focus on structure, language, characterisation and themes

          Exploring connections between stories

Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

·         Non-fiction texts.

·         Writing summaries.

·         Comparing writers’ ideas and perspectives.

·         Extended writing.

Shakespeare

·         Analyse characters and themes from Shakespeare’s plays.

·         Identify and analyse techniques used by Shakespeare to create specific effects.

Explorations in Creative Reading

·         Reading extracts from novels and short stories.

·         Analysing language and structure.

·         Evaluating texts critically.

·         Extended writing

Explorations in Creative Writing

·         Use inventive structural features.

·         Craft linguistic devices for effect.

·         Engaging ideas.

·         Narrative

·         Descriptive writing.

Balloon Debate

·         Develop speaking and Listening and presentation skills

 

Skills developed in English in Year 9

  • ·        Understanding social, historical and cultural contexts.
  • ·         Summarising ideas and information
  • ·         Extracting explicit Ideas and understanding implicit ideas
  • ·         Analysing Language
  • ·         Synthesising ideas from two texts
  • ·         Understanding themes, characters and setting
  • ·         Using inventive structural features.
  • ·         Crafting linguistic devices for effect.
  • ·         developing engaging ideas.
  • ·         Writing for a range of purposes and audiences
  •           Narrative and descriptive writing

Units of work for Year 10

Units of work

Sub Headings

Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

·         Reading extracts from novels and short stories

·         Analysing language and structure

·         Evaluating texts critically

·         Extended writing

·         Use inventive structural features

·         Craft linguistic devices for effect

·         Engaging ideas

·         Narrative and descriptive writing

An Inspector Calls

 

·         Close reading

·         Analysis of language and structure

·         Historical and cultural context

·         Understanding themes, characters and setting

Romeo and Juliet/Macbeth

· Close reading

Analysing the connections between extracts and the whole text

Analysing language and structure

Analysing characters and themes

· Historical and social context

Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

19th and 20th century non fiction

·         Non-fiction texts

·         Writing summaries

·         Comparing writers’ ideas and perspectives

·         Extended writing

 

Skills developed in English in Year 10

  • ·         Analysing language and structure
  • ·         Summarising
  • ·         Extracting explicit ideas and understanding implicit ideas
  • ·         Synthesising ideas from two texts
  • ·         Understanding themes, characters and setting
  • ·         Using inventive structural features
  • ·         Crafting linguistic devices for effect in narrative and descriptive writing

Units of work for Year 11

Units of work

Sub Headings

19th century fiction

A Christmas Carol

·         Close reading

·         Analysing language and structure

·        Exploring links between extracts and the novel as a whole

·        Historical and cultural context

·        Understanding themes, characters and setting

Explorations in Creative Writing: Revision

·         Reading extracts from novels and short stories

·         Analysing language and structure

·         Evaluating texts critically

·         Extended writing

·         Use inventive structural features

·         Craft linguistic devices for effect

·         Engaging ideas

·         Narrative and descriptive writing

Poetry

·         Reading, understanding and responding to poems.

·         Analysing the language, form and structure.

·         Understanding the context of poems

Romeo and Juliet/Macbeth: Revision

·         Analysing characters and themes

·         Context

·         Identifying and analysing techniques used by Shakespeare to create specific

effects

Explorations in creative reading and writing and Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives: Revision

 

·         Non-fiction texts

·         Writing summaries

·         Comparing writers’ ideas and perspectives

·         Extended writing


Skills developed in English in Year 11

  • ·         Analysing language and structure
  • ·         Summarising
  • ·         Extracting explicit ideas
  • ·         Synthesising ideas from two texts
  • ·         Understanding themes, characters and setting
  •           Analysing poetry, using appropriate terminology
  • ·         Using inventive structural features
  • ·         Crafting linguistic devices for effect in narrative and descriptive writing

 

Year 11: 2018-19  English Faculty Information and Advice for Parents and Students

Also taught within the Faculty:

* The faculty delivers English Language (AQA), English Literature (AQA) and Theatre Studies at A Level

English Faculty Staff List:

  • Ms D Allwood - Head of Faculty, BA (Hons), QTS - dallwood@chsfg.co.uk
  • Mrs S Baker, BA (Hons), PGCE - Year Co-ordinator
  • Ms L Davies, BA (Hons) PGCE - 2 i/c (KS4)
  • Mrs D Dunkley, BA (Hons), QTS - Year Coordinator
  • Ms E James, BA, QTS - Director of Study, Years 12 & 13
  • Ms S James, BA, (Hons), QTS - Teacher of English, Literacy Coordinator
  • Mrs Kehoe, HLTA - English
  • Mr T Molyneux, BA, (Hons), PGCE - Head of Drama
  • Mr G Rutter, BMus, PGCE - Assistant Headteacher
  • Miss M Stewart, BA, (Hons), NQT – English teacher
  • Miss N Underwood, BA, (Hons), NQT – English teacher
  • Miss J Wallace, BA, PGCE - KS3 Coordinator
  • Ms Wilson, BA, English teacher