Subject: English
Members of staff: Mr P Farley – Department Leader
Mrs L Gill – Deputy Department Leader
Mrs A Parry – Deputy Department Leader
Miss V Cassidy – Teacher
Mrs L Cossey – Teacher and Lead Practitioner
Mr M Foster – Teacher and Subject Leader of Media Studies
Miss J Hall – Teacher and Literacy Co-ordinator
Miss N Hodgson – Teacher
Miss R Murray – Teacher
Mrs D Thorley – Teacher and Lead Practitioner
Mrs A Turnbull – Teacher
Mrs P Watson – Teacher and SENCO
Subject Overview:

The study of English is essential to support learners on their way to becoming productive, engaged members of society. Developing reading and writing skills allows learners to understand a wide variety of texts and communicate their ideas clearly, effectively using a wide range of vocabulary.
In KS3 we aim to foster a real enthusiasm for the subject and develop the skills needed to be successful at KS4. We ensure that all learners are challenged and lessons are structured to ensure that all learners can realise their potential. All KS3 learners have a dedicated reading lesson that not only breeds a love of reading but also develops one of the most important skills that learners need for their academic school journey.

At GCSE level, learners will study for:
AQA GCSE English Language involves the study of Creative Reading and Writing in Paper 1 and the study of Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives in Paper 2.
AQA GCSE English Literature comprises the following examination units:
Paper 1 – Shakespeare (Macbeth) and the 19th century novel (The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde).
Paper 2 – Modern Texts (An Inspector Calls) and Poetry Anthology (Power and Conflict)

Key Stage 3
Content: Year 7: Year 8: Year 9:
Autumn Term 1: Extended Reading – Novel
Focus: Fiction reading + linked creative writing
History and Culture – Of Mice and Men
Focus: Reading, analysis and context
Society – Non Fiction extracts
Focus: NF reading and analysis + transactional writing
Autumn Term 2: Extended Reading – Novel
Focus: Fiction reading + linked creative writing
In the News – Non Fiction
Focus: Transactional writing + S+L (linked to OMAM themes)
British Literature – A Christmas Carol
Focus: Reading, analysis and context
Spring Term 1: British Literature – Poetry Anthology
Focus: Language analysis and context
Love and Relationships – Romeo and Juliet
Focus: Reading, language analysis and context
Heroes and Villains – Macbeth
Focus: Reading, analysis and context
Spring Term 2: Introduction to Shakespeare
Focus: Reading, analysis and context
Love and Relationships – Poetry Anthology
Focus: Language analysis and context
Conflict – Non Fiction Extracts
Focus: NF reading and analysis + transactional writing
Summer Term 1: Teenage life – Our Day Out
Focus: Reading, language analysis and context
Victorian Britain – Non Fiction
Focus: NF reading + transactional writing
Short Stories – Anthology of short stories
Focus: F reading + linked creative writing
Summer Term 2: Teenage Life – Non Fiction Extracts
Focus: Transactional writing
Victorian Literature – Gothic
Focus: Creative writing
Poetry Anthology – Unseen + Power and Conflict
Focus: Language analysis and context
Key Stage 4
Content: Year 10: Year 11:
Autumn Term 1: Lang: Viewpoints and Attitudes
Focus: P2 NF extracts + linked transactional writing
Lit: Unseen + Power and Conflict Poetry
Focus: Review of texts, in-depth analysis and comparisons
Lang: Crime and Punishment
Focus: P2 NF extracts + linked transactional writing
Lit: Jekyll and Hyde
Focus: Revision of character, plot, themes and teaching of exam technique.
Autumn Term 2: Lang: Redemption and Judgement
Focus: P1 F extracts + linked creative writing
Lit: Jekyll and Hyde
Focus: 1st teaching of text, in-depth plot and character study
Lang: Family Life / Society
Focus: P1 F extracts + linked creative writing
Lit: An Inspector Calls
Focus: Revision of character, plot, themes and teaching of exam technique.
Spring Term 1: Lang: Fate and Freewill
Focus: P2 NF extracts + linked transactional writing
Lit: Macbeth
Focus: (1st teaching of text, in-depth plot and character study)
Lang: Identity
Focus: P2 NF extracts + linked transactional writing + explicit exam question focus
Lit: Unseen + Power and Conflict
Focus: Revision of poems and creation of comparisons.
Spring Term 2: Lang: Tragedy
Focus: P1 F extracts + linked creative writing
Lit: Macbeth
Focus: (1st teaching of text, in-depth plot and character study)
Lang: The Supernatural / Mythology
Focus: P1 F extracts + linked creative writing + explicit exam question focus
Lit: Macbeth
Focus: Revision of character, plot, themes and teaching of exam technique.
Summer Term 1: Lang: Morality
Focus: P2 NF extracts + linked transactional writing
Lit: An Inspector Calls
Focus: 1st teaching of text, in-depth plot and character study
Lang: Exam Preparation
Focus: P1 + P2 revision with explicit focus on exam technique
Lit: Exam Preparation
Focus: P1 + P2 revision with explicit focus on exam technique
Summer Term 2: Lang: Narratives and Narrators
Focus: P1 F extracts critical evaluation + linked creative writing
S+L
Lit: Revision of Texts
Focus: Review and recap based on the needs of the class.
N/A
Revision Links for GCSE Course:

English Literature:
GCSE Pod: https://members.gcsepod.com/shared/podcasts#6002/6062
Macbeth: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zgq3dmn
Jekyll and Hyde: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/z8642p3
An Inspector Calls: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zpr639q
Poetry: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zs43ycw

English Language:
GCSE Pod: https://members.gcsepod.com/shared/podcasts#6002/6061
https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zgkj39q
https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z34dycw
https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zyg9nbk
https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zs3chv4
https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zpyg6fr

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

1. Encourage your child to read something every day. This could be novels, magazines, newspapers, online blogs and other articles.
2. Talk to your child about their reading: ask them to summarise briefly what the piece was about: can they give you the overall viewpoint of the article? Can they say anything about how the writer got that viewpoint across? Do they agree or disagree with the article? Why?
3. Whenever your child completes any written work at home, ask them to carefully check their spelling and punctuation before they finish.
4. Re-read texts studied for Literature.
5. Watch film/TV versions of Literature texts.
6. Regularly use GCSE Pod for revision.

Extra-Curricular Activities:

1. Creative Writing Club
2. Media Club
3. Reading in the library
4. Extra-Curricular revision for Y11 learners