Our syllabus reflects and celebrates the rich cultural language of our students, the community in which we work as well as having regard for equal opportunities and multi-cultural perspectives. Moreover, we have designed units that challenge students and support their progression. This is complimented by trips to museums, theatres and other places of interest.
English teaching is not solely confined to the classroom: English lessons are often seen outside in the open air classroom – especially when it’s sunny!
Our aim is to provide students with the opportunities to enable them to acquire and understand the richness and diversity of Language and Literature. Literature is, in fact, at the heart of our teaching, encouraging an understanding of the world through the experiences of others, stimulating reflection and discussion. To this end, we have a variety of contemporary and classic texts in school and the English staff are keen to embed a passion for reading in their student, both within the English curriculum and outside for enrichment.
Equal attention is given to Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing, including grammar and spelling.
Our KS3 curriculum is designed to offer students a diverse, yet targeted experience. We aim to build the technical foundations for their Year 10 and 11 GCSE study whilst establishing a love of reading and the language. These schemes are in line with the new GCSE specifications and requirements. Please click on the links below to view your child’s programme of study for each year.
The English department will be following the AQA GCSE specification for the new English Language and Literature exams. Please click on the link below to view the long term plans.
|WJEC Language||Controlled Assessments (40%):
||Reading exam 30% (1hr)||Writing exam 30% (1hr)|
|WJEC Literature||Controlled assessment:
Shakespeare and poetry (25%)
|Poetry and Of Mice and Men (exam)||The novel and the play
(either Heroes and An Inspector Calls or A Christmas Carol and Blood Brothers)
|AQA Level 1 & 2 certificate Language||Language coursework (50%)||Reading – non-fiction (25%) exam||Writing (25%) exam|
|AQA Level 1 & 2 Literature||Heroes (coursework)||A View From a Bridge (exam)||The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time (exam)|
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Students in Key Stage 4 study both English Language and Literature since it is our strong belief that all students – regardless of ability – are enriched by exploring literary texts that span centuries as well as cultures. The set a student is in does not dictate the level of entry they sit. For instance, a student in set 5 can be entered for a higher paper even if the rest of the class are sitting foundation.
Students follow either the WJEC Language and Literature course or the AQA Level 1 and 2 certificate. Both courses are accepted by colleges and employers.
In Years 7 and 8 students will be issued project homework related to the topic studied in each half term. These projects are designed to build personal organisational skills and encourage research and independent learning. They will be graded mainly on effort and presentation: they should reflect the amount of time given for each project (roughly 6 hours per project). These projects are marked by the class teacher and assigned merits based on the quality of the project. Winning projects from each class go forward to a competition across the year group.
Students in Years 7 and 8 may also be asked to complete reading / class work or learn spellings alongside the project work.
- 5 = 3 merits
- 4 = 2 merits
- 3 = 1 merit
- 2 = pass
- 1 = re-done and detention issued
In Years 9, 10 and 11 students are issued homework based on the topic / assessment currently being studied. This may be a written task, reading, personal research, spellings, grammar exercises or draft work. It may be assessed by the teacher, but could also be peer or self assessed. These tasks will be graded differently depending on the task. For instance, written feedback is likely to be given to draft work and written tasks, whereas spellings and grammar tasks are more likely to be given a score out of the total number attempted.