Curriculum English

The English Department is run by an enthusiastic team of staff who are drawn from many different backgrounds and with a wide range of experiences.  They all contribute in their own unique way to the teaching and learning process and the success of this subject area is reflected in evaluations, both formal and informal.

Staff aim to foster a love an appreciation of the English language and literature in all learners whilst providing them with the opportunity to become confident and competent with the written and spoken formats of English.

A good grasp of English is beneficial to all students, particularly to those hoping to pursue careers in journalism, writing, the media and business.

Key Stage 3

Students in years 7 and 8 follow a varied scheme of work, with lessons and activities differentiated according to ability and interest.

Key Stage 4 English Language

Students will develop their skills in the speaking, listening, writing and reading of the English language.  Assessment is via speaking and listening tasks, coursework (40%) and two written exams (60%).  Learners begin their KS4 studies in English in year 9 to allow them to refine and hone their English skills, leading to the best possible outcomes.

Key Stage 4 English Literature

This course complements English Language and students will study a range of texts, looking at poetry and a Shakespeare play.  Assessment is made via class assignments and two written exam papers worth a total of 75% of the final grade.  Learners begin their KS4 studies in year 9 to allow them to refine and hone their English skills, leading to their best possible outcomes.

Key Stage 5 English Language

In their first year students will learn how to categorise texts using power, gender and technological contexts and create their own texts for different audiences.  In the second year of their studies students will examine language acquisition in childhood and complete a language investigation.  Assessment is via coursework and exams.

Key Stage 5 English Literature

Over two years students learn to appreciate texts in richness and depth and at the same time will enhance their own practical skills in reading, writing, listening, presenting and persuading.  Areas of study include aspects of narrative and dramatic genres.  Assessment is via coursework and exams.

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LIST OF SUBJECTS

ART
BUSINESS STUDIES
COMPUTING & ICT
DESIGN TECHNOLOGY
DRAMA
ENGLISH
FOOD TECHNOLOGY
GEOGRAPHY
HISTORY
LAW
MATHEMATICS
MEDIA & FILM STUDIES
MUSIC
PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
PSYCHOLOGY
RELATIONSHIPS / SEX EDUCATION
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
SCIENCES
SOCIOLOGY
SPANISH