English

The department has fully embedded the most recent Programme of Study for Key Stage 3 English, which is delivered during years seven to nine. Throughout Key Stage 3, students study a range of literature and complete a variety of written tasks based around a variety of engaging topics. Students’ work is assessed regularly by class teachers and each unit of study contains a mix of reading and writing. Students are also given regular opportunities to develop their oral skills through drama and speaking and listening activities. Students at Key Stage 3 also have a weekly reading and spelling lesson, with progress is monitored through planners.

In years 10 and 11 all pupils follow the Edexcel specifications in both English Language and English Literature.

The topics of study are detailed below:

Key Stage 3:

 

Year 7

Introduction to English:

Students read and write a range of texts to give an overview of what English study involves.

Monsters:

Students study a variety of monsters in classic fiction, such as War of the Worlds and Frankenstein, and learn how to analyse a writer’s use of language in increasing detail. They also produce descriptive writing of their own.

Skills for Writing Unit 1: Alter Egos

Pupils study writing skills by reading and analysing a variety of texts before making their own, building on existing grammar skills.

The Fire Eaters

Students read The Fire Eaters, by David Almond. They develop their ability to respond to questions which focus on analysing language and structure and evaluating the writer’s craft. They also focus on writing to inform and explain by creating an entry for our school website.

Drama: Romeo and Juliet

Pupils use a range of dramatic approaches to explore the text, working in groups to rehearse and perform key scenes. Scriptwriting skills are also explored in this unit and pupils develop their ability to analyse performance texts.

 

Year 8

Skills for Writing Unit 3: Making the News

Pupils study writing skills by reading and analysing a variety of texts before making their own, building on existing grammar skills.

Horror and Relationships Poetry

Students study two clusters of poems; one cluster of horror themed poems (The Raven, The Laboratory, Hitcher) and another cluster of poems which share the theme of relationships (A Married State, I Am Very Bothered, Sonnet 13). Students use active approaches to unlock the meanings behind the poems to analyse the languages, form and structure and to develop an understanding of context.

Class novel:

Each class teacher chooses a novel appropriate to the abilities and interests of their class from the wide selection available in school. Reading, writing and speaking and listening tasks vary according to the themes found in the text.

Macbeth:

Pupils use a range of dramatic approaches to explore the text, working in groups to rehearse and perform key scenes. Students also learn how to write essay responses to performance texts.

 

Year 9

19th Century Literature:

Pupils study the context of 19th Century Literature and various poems by William Blake and William Wordsworth. They complete a comparative essay.

An Inspector Calls:

Pupils read and explore the text using a variety of approaches, including drama, to learn about the characters and themes.

Skills for Writing Unit 6: Dystopian Fiction

Pupils study writing skills by reading and analysing a variety of texts before making their own, building on existing grammar skills.

Speaking and Listening:

Pupils spend time working on and improving their presentation skills before preparing and giving a speech.

Travel Writing:

Students study a range of non-fiction texts in order to develop their evaluation and analysis skills.