English

Head of Department:  Mr W P Fletcher-Markin

Our Shared Vision

A department in which:

  • Teaching and Learning is the most important thing
  • All students are treated equally
  • All students are inspired to aspire
  • All students are at the centre of their own learning
To result in:
 
  • Students' lives becoming richer and fuller
  • Students' reading, writing speaking and listening skills becoming developed
  • Students becoming responsible for their own learning
  • Students becoming active, lifelong learners
  • Students reaching their full potential in examinations
 

Year 7

Unit 1: ‘Fighting to survive.’  A comprehensive study of John Boyne’s ‘The Boy in the striped pyjamas.’

Unit 2: ‘Charles Dickens and Victorian London.’  A comprehensive study of ‘A Christmas Carol.’

Unit 3: ‘Alter Egos’ (Creative writing).  A study of the skills required to create pace and tension, vivid imagery, narrative voice and viewpoint. An explicit focus on grammar.

Unit 4:  ‘Presentation of Character’.  A study of a range of famous poetry focusing on character with an additional focus on poetry pre-1900.

Unit 5: ‘Shakespeare’.  A study of the famous bard and one of his most famous plays, The Tempest.

Unit 6: ‘Nature in the media.’  A study of the skills required to write persuasively.  An explicit focus on grammar.

Annual enrichment activities

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

Yearly competitions

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

July: Foyle Young Poet of the Year competition.

Year 8

Unit 1: ‘Friendships.’  A comprehensive study of Louis Sachar’s ‘Holes.’

Unit 2: ‘Dracula.’  A comprehensive study of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula.’

Unit 3: ‘Spy fiction’ (Creative writing).  Students will be taught to immerse their readers in a world of mystery, action and danger and create realistic characters who jump off the page. Explicit teaching of grammar.   

Unit 4: ‘Different cultures’ (Poetry).  A study of poetry from different settings and cultures.

Unit 5: ‘Romeo and Juliet.’  A comprehensive study of the famous play.

Unit 6: ‘Unusual activities.’  A study of the skills required to write to inform and explain. An explicit focus on grammar.

Annual enrichment activities

A trip to the theatre to watch a Shakespeare production. 

Yearly competitions

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

July: Foyle Young Poet of the Year competition.

Year 9

Unit 1: ‘Loneliness.’  A comprehensive study of John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men.’

Unit 2: ‘Frankenstein.’  A comprehensive study of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein.’

Unit 3: ‘Dystopia’ (Creative writing).  Students will be taught to control the pace of a narrative and create emotion in their readers. Explicit teaching of grammar.   

Unit 4: ‘WJEC EDUQAS POETRY ANTHOLOGY.’  A study of nine poems from the WJEC Eduqas poetry anthology in preparation for their GCSE English Literature course.

Unit 5: ‘Macbeth.’  A comprehensive study of the famous play in preparation for their GCSE English Literature course.

Unit 6: ‘News Writing.’  A development of the skills required to write transactional texts. An explicit focus on grammar.

Annual enrichment activities

A trip to the theatre to watch a Shakespeare production. 

Yearly competitions

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

July: Foyle Young Poet of the Year competition.

Key Stage 4 Language & Literature

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.   

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 – 40% (1 hour 45 minutes)

         ·     Paper 2 – 60% (2 hours)

English Literature:

         ·      Paper 1 – 40% (1 hour 30 minutes)

         ·      Paper 2 – 60% (2 hour 30 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.