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English

The English Faculty is a very successful faculty, which regularly achieves outstanding results. In 2014, 82% of students achieved A*-C in English Language, well above the national average.

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, Drama and Media Studies. We participate in many enrichment activities such as the ‘Jack Petchey Speak Out’ challenge, ‘Poetry Live’, the annual Media Studies trip to Disneyland, Paris and theatre projects.

Units of work for year 7

Units of work

Sub Headings

Transition Skills

·         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

Introduction to Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

·         Reading extracts from novels and short stories.

·         Analysing language and structure.

·         Evaluating texts critically.

·         Extended writing

Passport to Poetry

·         Reading, understanding and responding to poems.

·         Analysing the language, form and structure.

·         Understanding the context of poems.

19th Century Literature

·         Develop personal responses to texts.

·         Producing clear and coherent writing.

·         Exploring aspects of plot, characterisation, events and settings.

Introduction to Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

·         Non-fiction texts.

·         Writing summaries.

·         Comparing writers’ ideas and perspectives.

·         Extended writing.

Introduction to Shakespeare

·         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.


Skills developed in English in year 7.

  • ·         Subject terminology                         
  • ·         Spelling skills
  • ·         Comprehension
  • ·         Language analysis
  • ·         Structural analysis
  • ·         Evaluation
  • ·         Summarising
  • ·         Creative writing
  • ·         Writing for a purpose
  • ·         Textual references and quotations
  • ·         Range of vocabulary
  • ·         Range of punctuation
  • ·         Sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect.

Units of work for year 8

 

Units of work

Sub Headings

Poetry

·         Reading, understanding and responding to poems.

·         Analysing the language, form and structure.

·         Understanding the context of poems.

Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

·         Non-fiction texts.

·         Writing summaries.

·         Comparing writers’ ideas and perspectives.

·         Extended writing.

Literature Classics

·         Analysis of language

·         Links to the novel as a whole

·         Historical and cultural context. 

·         Understanding themes, characters and setting..

Shakespeare

·         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.

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.

Skills developed in English in year 8.

  • ·         Subject terminology                         
  • ·         Spelling skills
  • ·         Comprehension
  • ·         Language analysis
  • ·         Structural analysis
  • ·         Evaluation
  • ·         Summarising
  • ·         Creative writing
  • ·         Writing for a purpose
  • ·         Textual references and quotations
  • ·         Range of vocabulary
  • ·         Range of punctuation
  • ·         Sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect.

 

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.

19th Century Fiction

 

·         Close reading

·         Narrative writing

·         Analysis of language

·         Links to the novel as a whole

·         Historical and cultural context. 

·         Understanding themes, characters and setting..

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.

  • ·         Analysis of language
  • ·         Links to the novel as a whole
  • ·         Historical and cultural context.
  • ·          Summarising
  • ·         Extracting Explicit Ideas
  • ·         Analysing Language
  • ·         Synthesising ideas from two texts
  • ·         Understanding themes, characters and setting
  • ·         Use inventive structural features.
  • ·         Craft linguistic devices for effect.
  • ·         Engaging ideas.
  • ·         Narrative
  • ·         Descriptive writing

 Units of work for year 10

 

Units of work

Sub Headings

19th Century Fiction

And non-fiction texts

·         Close reading

·         Narrative writing

·         Analysis of language

·         Links to the novel as a whole

·         Historical and cultural context

·         Understanding themes, characters and setting

Explorations in Creative 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

·         Narrative writing

·         Analysis of language

·         Links to the play as a whole

·         Historical and cultural context

·         Understanding themes, characters and setting

Romeo and Juliet/Macbeth

·         Analyse characters and themes

·         Context

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

Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

·         Non-fiction texts

·         Writing summaries

·         Comparing writers’ ideas and perspectives

·         Extended writing

 

Skills developed in English in year 10

  • ·         Analysis of language and structure
  • ·         Summarising
  • ·         Extracting explicit 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

Writers Viewpoints

 

·         Non-fiction texts

·         Writing summaries

·         Comparing writers’ ideas and perspectives

·         Extended writing

A Christmas Carol revision

·         Close reading

·         Narrative writing

·         Analysis of language

·         Links to 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

·         Analyse characters and themes

·         Context

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

Writers Viewpoints: Revision

 

·         Non-fiction texts

·         Writing summaries

·         Comparing writers’ ideas and perspectives

·         Extended writing

 

Skills developed in English in year 11

  • ·         Analysis of language and structure
  • ·         Summarising
  • ·         Extracting explicit 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

 

Also taught within the Faculty

* A group of Year Nine students take the LAMDA certificate in Drama

* English Language and Literature GCSE, (AQA A syllabus)

* Drama (WJEC) is offered as an option at GCSE

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

 

Year 11 Parent and Student Information Booklet

 

The English Faculty has 13 members of staff

  • Ms Allwood: Head of Faculty
  • Mrs Baker: Head of Year Nine
  • Mrs Beevers: English Teaching Assistant
  • Ms Bocking: English and Drama teacher
  • Ms Davies: English teacher and mentor for trainees
  • Mrs Driver: English teacher
  • Miss J Wallace - English Teacher
  • Mrs Dunkley: English teacher
  • Ms James: Director of Studies for Year 12/13 with ‘responsibility for UCAS
  • Mrs Kehoe: HLTA and English Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Melton: KS4 Coordinator for English and 2 i/c and Literacy Coordinator (4 days per week)
  • Mr Molyneux: Head of Drama
  • Mrs Nelson: KS5 Coordinator for English and Extended Project
  • Coordinator (3 days per week)
  • Mr Rutter: Assistant Head