Communications Faculty

Communications Faculty

Communications is at the heart of all of the Curriculum at the Oaks Academy. The well-structured curriculum of Communications at the Oaks Academy aims to help students develop key skills and understandings in the way they perceive the world around them, in how they communicate with their peers and adults, what their place is within our shared culture, how they can be at their creative best, while also developing their own identities. The Communications Faculty is devoted to offering all of our students the very best opportunities; whether it be through reading works of Literature or chances to grow and develop outside the usual classroom setting. We teach lessons that challenge our students, and this leads to engagement and builds a curiosity and love for learning.

KS3

At KS3, the reading and writing skills we teach will underpin learning in all subjects across the academy with students being encouraged to think creatively and independently. Students’ skills will be enhanced and developed through multiple disciplines, and they will be taught to cultivate creative literacy and oracy skills to ensure success in their futures.

Students will be encouraged to develop their skills in a variety of extended writing tasks throughout the English curriculum- usually two or three a half term-, which their teachers will then offer feedback on. This expert feedback will help pupils to make progress, before a termly spiral assessment which will be used to measure all skills developed over the previous period of learning.

 

KS4

Students at KS4 in English will continue to build upon the skills taught at KS3 to prepare them fully for both English Language and English Literature GCSEs. Teaching will focus on developing the skills necessary to be successful at GCSE, as well as the contextual knowledge needed when approaching literary texts. Opportunities for extended writing will continue, with a greater focus on building confidence in developing a critical and compelling voice to expertly meet the needs of their readers. This will lead to monitoring assessments, with a much closer link to AQA GCSE exams.

Key Stage 4 students study GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature and the Department currently enters students for examinations set by AQA.   All Key Stage 4 students receive at least 9 hours of English a fortnight, with additional opportunities provided through intervention catch-ups and expert revision-based homework.

English is at the heart of all of the Curriculum at the Oaks Academy. The reading a writing skills we will help you to develop will underpin exploration with students being encouraged to think creatively and independently. Students’ skills will be enhanced and developed through multiple disciplines and they will be encouraged to develop creative literacy and oracy skills to ensure success in their futures.

The well-structured curriculum of English at the Oaks Academy aims to help you to develop key skills and understandings in the way you perceive the world around them, in how you communicate with your peers and adults, what your place is within our shared culture, how you can be at your creative best, while also developing your own identities. We are devoted to offering all of you the very best opportunities; whether it be through reading works of Literature or chances to grow and develop outside the usual classroom setting. We teach lessons that challenges you and this leads to engagement and builds a curiosity and love for learning.

We celebrate National World Book Day, National Poetry Day and similar events, as part of ensuring Literacy has a high profile. The English Department will be promoting to all other departments a strong ethos of Literacy to ensure that it is at the forefront throughout the school. We have close links with tutor groups to make Literacy a whole school concern.

 

KS3

Topics taught at KS3 (all students receive 8 hours of English over a fortnight):
Year 7: Identity and Exploring the Self
Year 8: Voices and Perspectives
Year 9: The English Literary Heritage

KS4

Key Stage 4 students study GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature and the Department currently enters students for examinations set by AQA. All Key Stage 4 students receive 9 hours of English a fortnight.

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Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge Organisers

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What is a Knowledge Organiser?

It is a document prepared by your teachers that summarises and condenses all the most vital, useful and powerful knowledge on a single page, that you need to remember to be successful.

If you use this document to help you when you study or revise it will help you to remember the key information and learn important subject specific words which will help you in your exams and assessments.

By using the Knowledge Organisers at home to support you with study it will help you when back in the classroom. Below is a list of potential ideas and tasks that you could follow to help with any subject. You will then need to find the knowledge organisers for the subjects you wish to study, and the topics that you are studying in class to complete the tasks below or those set by your teachers.

 

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Revision

www.sparknotes.com- revision for literary texts

www.cliffnotes.com revision for literary texts

Secondary Homework Help | Online subjects – BBC Bitesize

Mr Bruff – YouTube– English expert on Youtube