Welcome to the English Department
Curriculum Leader: Mrs R. Gosmore Deputy Curriculum Leader; Miss N. Jones
Staff Members: Miss H. Larkin, Miss E. Daniels and Mrs T. Greyner
English is a dynamic, constantly evolving subject which is reviewed regularly to ensure that the curriculum reflects the changing world around us. Across KS3, 4 and 5 students experience great works of literature such as the plays of Shakespeare and the poetry of the First World War. They are encouraged to make links between these and their own lives, considering the modern relevance of texts as well as the contexts in which they were produced, as they study characters and themes and the ways in which these are presented. Students also learn functional aspects of English to prepare them for life after high school including how to write formal letters and extended essays as well as how to adapt their speech for different contexts.
The department is made up of six dedicated teaching rooms with two classrooms having fully networked computers.
Key Stage 3
At KS3, students study a wide range of both literature and non fiction texts.
Fiction studied includes novels such as Holes, Harry Potter and Animal Farm. Students explore characters, themes and issues in the stories, progressing from general overview and comment to detailed language analysis by the end of Year 9. In addition, students experience a wide range of poetry including Welsh poets and drama by Shakespeare and modern playwrights. In the course of their studies, pupils will have the opportunity to produce analytical responses as well as more creative work which may include written pieces as well as drama performances.
Non fiction texts range from biographies, through developments in newspapers and magazines, to a new unit on web pages and text messaging. As well as analysing texts, students also produce their own examples including their own magazine at the end of KS3.
Key Stage 4
Children follow the WJEC English Language GCSE curriculum which requires them to read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, write in a range of styles and present two substantial speaking and listening performances on topics offered by the WJEC. GCSE English Language is assessed by external written examination and the two speaking and listening tasks. The written examinations contain a variety of question types, including those which require one word answers, multiple choice as well as longer essay answers. WJEC materials and resources focus on Wales and issues such as citizenship; many of their topics encourage children to read and write about local issues. The course is driven by class and personal reading of excellent quality modern fiction and children will also study modern poetry and drama.
From 2015, GCSE English Literature is optional. This has been introduced to enable pupils who would prefer not to study the set texts laid down by the examining board to focus on their English Language GCSE and to allow them to pursue their own talents and interests in other areas of the curriculum. It also means that children who wish to pursue English Literature are studying alongside like-minded, enthusiastic peers who will be able and willing to support each other throughout the course.
The curriculum is designed to encourage greater independence on the part of the students who will be expected to undertake additional wider reading and research to extend their learning. They will have to employ a range of thinking skills as they analyse and evaluate the material before them and develop interesting and engaging ways of presenting their own writing.
Key Stage 5
As students move into the sixth form they will encounter a wider range of texts as they study A-Level English Literature. The course is taught over two years and is designed to consolidate students’ existing love of literature while extending their ability to analyse and interpret the author’s message. Texts studied range across both literary genres and time periods and may include Death of a Salesman, Othello, The Duchess of Malfi andThe Kite Runner.
The GCSE English Language course is designed to enable children to take up Literature at A-Level and does not require a GCSE in English Literature.
How to guides can be accessed using the link below;
REVISION WEBSITES LINK
CURRICULUM CALENDAR 2015-2016 LINK
READING STARS LINK
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