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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.

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.

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Key Stage 3

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.

 

Key Stage 4

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

KS4 Recommended Reading List

KS4 Recommended Reading List: Students should aim to read at least one book from each section every half term. Tick off the titles on the list below as you read each text.

*More challenging

** More challenging and some ‘adult’ content (parents may wish to read these books first)

*** Film/TV and/or play interpretations available for comparative study

Easy reading

Moving forwards

More challenging

Pre-20th century fiction:

 

Black Beauty: Anna Sewell***

Heidi: Johanna Spyri***

 

 

 

Pre-20th century fiction:

 

The Three Musketeers: Alexandre Dumas***

Little Women: Louisa May Alcott***

Oliver Twist: Charles Dickens***

Pre-20th century fiction:

 

David Copperfield: Charles Dickens***

Far From the Madding Crowd: Thomas Hardy

Great Expectations: Charles Dickens***

Jane Eyre: Charlotte Bronte***

The Woman in White: Wilkie Collins

Classic 20th century fiction:

 

Eagle of the Ninth: Rosemary Sutcliff***

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Mildred D. Taylor

Swallows and Amazons: Arthur Ransome (series)***

Classic 20th century fiction:

 

Anne of Green Gables: L.M. Montgomery***

Call of the Wild: Jack London***

Of Mice and Men: John Steinbeck***

 

Classic 20th century fiction:

 

A Kestrel for a Knave: Barry Hines***

I’m the King of the Castle: Susan Hill

To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee***

Travels With My Aunt: Graham Greene***

Wide Sargasso Sea: Jean Rhys

Modern Fiction:

 

Bone Talk: Candy Gourlay

Looking for Alaska: John Greene** and ***

On the Come Up: Angie Thomas**

Out of Heart: Irfan Master

The Poet X: Elizabeth Acevedo**

Modern Fiction:

 

A Burnt Child: Shereen Pandit**

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Mark Haddon**

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: Helen Grant

Modern Fiction:

 

Anita and Me: Meera Syal**

Pigeon English: Stephen Kelman**

The Book Thief: Marcus Zusak**

The Familiars: Stacey Halls**

The Jungle: Pooja Puri**

The Tattooist of Auschwitz: Heather Morris**

The Trouble With Goats and Sheep: Joanna Cannon**

Poetry

 

Funky Chickens: Benjamin Zephaniah

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats: TS Eliot

The Fat Black Woman’s Poems: Grace Nichols

Poetry

 

Death of a Naturalist: Seamus Heaney

Half-caste and Other Poems: John Agard

On the Move: Michael Rosen

Selected Poems: Gillian Clarke

Poetry

 

Collected poems: Chinua Achebe**

Collected poems: UA Fanthorpe

Death of a Naturalist: Seamus Heaney

Island Man: Grace Nichols

Selected Poems: Simon Armitage

Biography/Autobiography

 

All Creatures Great and Small: James Herriot***

Badass Black Girl: MJ Fievre

Chinese Cinderella: Adeline Yen Mah

 

Biography/Autobiography

 

Girl Code: Going Viral and Getting it Done: Angela Gonzales

My Family & Other Animals: Gerald Durrell***

The Book of Awesome Women: edited by Becca Anderson

Biography/Autobiography

 

Becoming: Michelle Obama

I am Malala: Malala Yousafzai**

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Phillip Hoose**

They Called Us Enemy: George Takei**

Science Fiction, Dystopian fiction, Fantasy and Horror

 

Before I Fall: Lauren Oliver**

Chasing the Stars: Malorie Blackman:

Delirium Trilogy: Lauren Oliver

How I Live Now: Meg Rosoff** and***

Science Fiction, Dystopian fiction, Fantasy and Horror

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars: Yaba Badoe

Girls of Paper and Fire: Natasha Ngan

Matched Trilogy: Ally Conde

The Wind Singer: William Nicholson (series)

Science Fiction, Dystopian fiction, Fantasy and Horror

1984: George Orwell** and ***

I, Robot: Isaac Asimov***

Mortal Engines: Philip Reeve***

The Chaos Walking Trilogy: Patrick Ness

The Lord of the Rings: J.R.R. Tolkien***

The Dark Materials Trilogy:

Philip Pullman***

The Woman in Black: Susan Hill** and ***

Student Recommendations:

 

Modern Fiction:

 

 

 

If I Stay: Gayle Forman***

Princess in Practice: Connie Glynn**

Soulmates: Holly Bourne

The Names They Gave Us: Emory Lord

The Sun is Also a Star: Nicola Yoon

THUG: Angie Thomas**

 

 

 

 

Science Fiction,

Dystopian fiction, Fantasy and Horror

 

‘Divergent’ Trilogy: Veronica Roth***

Frozen Charlotte: Alex Bell**

‘Gone’ (series): Michael Grant

‘Slated’ Trilogy: Teri Terry

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Trilogy: Suzanne Collins***

 

 

 

Crime/Mystery:

 

 

 

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder: Holly Jackson

The Disappearances: Emily Bain Murphy

Two Can Keep a Secret: Karen M McManus

Books I have read:

 

Autumn Term:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Term:

 

 

Summer Term:

My Reading Wishlist:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KS3 Recommended Reading List

KS3 recommended reading list: Students should aim to read at least one book from each section every term. Tick off the titles on the list below as you read.

*More challenging and/or ‘adult’ content (parents may wish to read these books first)

** Film/TV and/or play interpretations available

Easy reading

Moving forwards…

Fancy a challenge?

Modern fiction

 

A Boy Called Hope: Lara Williamson

 

Love, Aubrey: Suzanne LaFleur

 

Saffy’s Angel: Hilary McKay

 

The Fastest Boy in the World: Elizabeth Laird

 

Wonder: RJ Palacio

Modern fiction

 

A Good Day for Climbing Trees: Jaco Jacobs

 

Boy at the Back of the Class:          Onjali Q Raúf

 

Can You See Me?: Libby Scott

 

Happy Girl Lucky: Holly Smale*

 

The Skylark’s War:   Hillary McKay

Modern fiction

 

Five Children on the Western Front: Kate Saunders

 

Geek Girl: Holly Smale*


The Goldfish Boy: Lisa Thompson

 

Where the World Ends: Geraldine McCaughrean

 

Witch Child: Celia Rees

Science Fiction and Fantasy

 

A Pocketful of Stars: Aisha Bushby

 

Ghost Boys: Jewell Parker Rhodes*

 

Harry Potter: JK Rowling

(series)**

 

Lampie: Annet Schaap

 

I am Number Four: Pittacus Lore (series)**

 

Ingo: Helen Dunmore

 

 

Science Fiction and Fantasy

 

A Monster Calls: Patrick Ness

 

Brother in the Land: Robert Swindells*

 

The Boy in the Tower: Polly Ho Yen

 

The Girl of Ink and Stars: Kiran Millwood Hargrave

 

The House with Chicken Legs: Sophie Anderson

 

The Restless Girls: Jessie Burton

 

Uglies: Scott Westerfield (series)*

Science Fiction and Fantasy

 

Inkheart Trilogy: Cornelia Funke

 

Noughts and Crosses: Malorie Blackman (series)**

 

Nowhere on Earth: Nick Lake**

 

Railhead: Philip Reeve

What Sunny Saw in the Flames: Nnedi Okorafor (series)

The Lie Tree: Frances Hardinge*

Where the River Runs Gold: Sita Brahmachari

Crime/Mystery/Adventure

A Different Dog: Paul Jennings

 

High Rise Mystery: Sharna Jackson

 

SMART: Kim Slater

Crime/Mystery/Adventure

Girl. Boy. Sea: Chris Vick

 

The Falconer’s Knot: Mary Hoffman

 

The Murder Mysteries: Robin Stevens (series)

Crime/Mystery/Adventure

Dead Time: Anne Cassidy( The Murder Notebooks series)*

 

Catching Teller Crow: A. Kwaymullina and E. Kwaymullina*

 

You’re Not Here: Tariq Mehmood*

Classic 20th century fiction

 

101 Dalmatians: Dodie Smith**

 

The Little House on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder (series)**

 

Why the Whales Came:  Michael Morpurgo

Classic 20th century fiction

 

Eagle of the Ninth: Rosemary Sutcliff**

 

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe: CS Lewis (‘Narnia’ series) **

 

The Secret Garden: Frances Hodgson Burnett**

Classic 20th century fiction

 

Anne of Green Gables: L.M. Montgomery**

 

The Hobbit: JRR Tolkien**

 

Swallows and Amazons: Arthur Ransome (series)**

Watership Down: Richard Adams**

Pre-20th century fiction

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll**

 

Black Beauty: Anna Sewell**

Pre-20th century fiction

 

What Katy Did: Susan Coolidge

 

Heidi: Johanna Spyri**

Pre-20th century fiction

 

Jane Eyre: Charlotte Bronte**

 

Little Women: Louisa May Alcott**

Poetry:

A Shame to Miss (1): Ann Fine

Poetry:

Overheard in a Tower Block: Joseph Coelho

Poetry:

Somebody Give This Heart a Pen: Sophia Thakur

Biography/Autobiography

Kenzie’s Rules: Mackenzie Ziegler

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit: Judith Kerr

Biography/Autobiography

 

Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Michaela and Elaine DePrince*

Biography/Autobiography

 

Diary of Anne Frank: Anne Frank**

 

 

Student Recommendations:

An Abundance of Katherines: John Green*

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Lemony Snicket (series)**

 

A Year Without Autumn: Liz Kessler

 

 

Girl Missing: Sophie McKenzie

Listening for Lucca: Suzanne LaFleur

Refugee Boy: Benjamin Zephaniah

 

 

Skulduggery Pleasant (series): Derek Landy

The Dreamsnatcher: Abi Elphinstone (series)

The Wind in the Willows: Kenneth Grahame**

Books I have read:

Autumn Term:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Term:

 

Summer Term:

My Reading Wishlist:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Half term is almost upon us, it’s important to take a break from our screens and what better way to do this than to read? Here are some recommendations: The Hunger Games, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Holes, The Secret Garden and The Northern Lights. Tweet us your current read
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On this day, Pride and Prejudice was published 208 years ago! https://t.co/I4iP0T3MCc
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