IN THIS SECTION
Subject Leader: Ms. S. Morrell
Lead Practitioner: Ms. A. Wells
Key Stage Curriculum Leader (KS3): Ms. L. Lysandrou
Key Stage Curriculum Leader (KS4): Ms. D. Ledesma
Subject Teachers: Ms. N. Madden
Ms. S. Marcou
Mrs L. Cullen
Mrs D. Johnson
Mrs J. Zeilinska-Nestorovska
Ms E. Kennedy
The English department aims to develop students who read critically with insight and engagement, who write accurately and powerfully according to audience and purpose and to speak with confidence and authority on a range of topics.
At KS3, students are encouraged to further develop the reading, writing and speaking and listening skills they have begun to develop at Primary school. Students are encouraged to use a greater variety of language for effect in their writing, and to use PEEL when critically exploring and analysing a text. Each year, students study a novel, poetry, a playscript, non-fiction texts and learn to write and speak in differing contexts to a variety of audiences and purposes. Furthermore, during students lower down the school at KS3 have one English lesson per week using the Lexia computer program to develop their skills of reading and spelling.
At KS4, students are encouraged to further improve the skills learnt at KS3, linking detailed, critical analysis of texts studied (such as Shakespeare, relationship poetry and Of Mice and Men) to the contexts in which the text was set or written. Students follow the AQA examination board for GCSEs in English Language and English Literature, with some students additionally following the Cambridge iGCSE English Language course. The AQA courses are assessed through internally assessed controlled assessment and three terminal exams. Students who additionally follow the iGCSE course also complete three coursework assessments, one speaking and listening assessment and a further terminal examination.
At KS5, students can opt to follow the AQA English Literature A Level, which covers a range of different texts from different times, focused on topics such as the Gothic. This course is assessed through internally assessed coursework and terminal examination.
Trips & Extra Curricular Activities
The English department organise some exciting and engaging extra-curricular activities including Miss St. Anne, the students’ own school magazine and the NANOWRIMO young writers’ group, where students write their own novel. Regular visits to the library are encouraged, built into lessons and students are actively encouraged to be wider readers.
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