The National Curriculum for English was revised in 2013 and as a department, we have endeavoured to ensure our key stage three curriculum meets its requirements, as well as the learning needs of all our students in preparation for the new GCSE English courses that were introduced in 2015.
New for September 2018
The current year 7 and 8s will be engaged through an exciting new project called I.P.E.E.L.L. (Introduction. Point. Explain. Endings. Links and Language). This project is designed to rapidly improve students’ ability to write for purpose – building skills through highly structured teaching and the opportunity to live the experience of the subject which they are expected to write about. Making it real experiences will include a trip to Chester for year 8s; watching a theatre performance of a Shakespeare play and a walk through a yeti’s habitat!
WHAT TOPICS WILL I STUDY DURING THE COURSE?
At key stage three, students explore a range of challenging non-fiction and fiction texts, building both their knowledge and skills. Texts studied range from plays and poetry by William Shakespeare, to contemporary novels including The Book Thief, to controversial and current issues in the national news.
Year nine is a transitional year in which we aim to enrich our students’ learning through the study of both classic and contemporary literature in the form of poetry, drama and a novella whilst also introducing them to the demands of the language GCSE.
At key stage four all students work towards GCSE examinations in English language and English literature, both of which are highly regarded by higher and further education institutions, employers and universities alike.
Wherever appropriate, we also aim to enrich the learning experience of our students through story tellers, performance poets and live performances of texts studied or written by authors studied.
WHAT SKILLS WILL I USE AND DEVELOP?
Schemes of work are progressive and designed in order that students are able to gain mastery of the skills needed to read, write and articulate orally to a standard that will enable them to access both the literature and language GCSE courses at key stage four. Year 9 is an important year for our students and we are keen to develop their love of literature through interactive approaches to study before embarking on the more in-depth exploration at key stage four, needed to develop both their analytical and written skills. Over two years in key stage 4, students are exposed to a broad and exciting range of texts, through which they develop their understanding of how texts are crafted for audience and purpose; their inferential and analytical skills and their own ability to write precisely using punctuation, literary techniques and vocabulary for effect on their reader.
WHAT EXAMINATIONS WILL I TAKE?
All students have the opportunity to gain qualifications at G.C.S.E. in both English Language and English Literature.
HOW WILL MY WORK BE ASSESSED?
Throughout the year, students’ work is assessed at least twice per half term. Both formative and summative comments are given alongside a grade from 1 to 9, in line with new government initiatives. Students are given time to reflect on comments provided and to subsequently make improvements to their work thus deepening their understanding and gaining mastery of the skills. Students are provided with opportunities to self-assess in order that they become familiar with the assessment criteria and are best prepared to reach their full potential.
HOW WILL THE COURSE HELP ME WITH MY FUTURE CAREER?
English is vital for whatever path you choose to take: employers and education institutions value either qualification highly because gaining a good grade in either G.C.S.E. demonstrates your ability to communicate well; to be able to articulate yourself fully and the ability to listen and read with understanding and insight. English qualifications will open doors to a vast range of careers ranging from journalism to acting.
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Mrs L Johnson