The Department aims to develop pupils’ abilities to communicate appropriately and effectively in spoken and written English as well as respond sensitively to a variety of literature. The English Curriculum is based on agreed themes and enables pupils to study poetry, plays, novels, articles, short stories, and a variety of language tasks. Pupils will be encouraged to develop their reading skills – to read accurately, fluently, with expression, clarity and understanding. We also have a fabulous calendar of author visits, theatre trips, in-house activities and project-based work to creativity and encourage reading.
In Year 7 students study novel and drama texts as well as poetry, literary non-fiction, and media texts. They will also be expected to work on the English Department’s “Accelerated Reader Scheme” which forms a record of the books pupils have read independently. Pupils will be given opportunities to develop a variety of styles in writing. They will be provided with opportunities to write for different purposes, e.g. to inform, to entertain, to persuade. In Year 7 assignments include narrative, descriptive, autobiographical, instructional and persuasive writing.
In Year 8 they will read literature from all three genres as well as non-literary material, including newspapers, magazines and reference books. They will also be given opportunities to read for different purposes - including skimming, scanning and, of course, proof-reading their own written work, and will study novels as well as poetry and a drama text.
In Year 9, students will be a novel, poetry, drama, and a variety of literary historic non-fiction, building skills to prepare students for GCSE. The GCSE course begins in earnest towards the latter stages of Year 9 with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The pupils will be given the opportunity to see a live production of this great play as well as other local theatre opportunities as appropriate.
In Years 10 and 11, students study for AQA GCSE English Language and AQA GCSE English Literature.Over the two years students will study Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls, a selection of poetry based on the theme of conflict, and a variety of literary non-fiction from the last three centuries. Students are taught the key skills required for analysis and successful writing as well as speaking and listening skills.
Further information is available on the AQA website www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english
Acting Head of Department: Mrs M Muir - firstname.lastname@example.org
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