English Department

Art Department

English staff: Ms K Brooke Bullard (Head of Department),  Mr M O'Neill (Second in Department), Mrs K Amos, Mr K Brinkley, Ms M Lancaster

The English Department is a team of experienced and innovative teachers who aim to fully equip students with the skills to be successful in their future pursuits. Language skills are vital for success across the curriculum therefore English has never been more important.

We teach the central skills through a varied and lively curriculum ranging from drama, non-fiction, poetry, media and novels. Students will be expected to write in a range of genres and text types in order to demonstrate their improving literacy skills and also prepare them thoroughly for external examination.

We have recently invested in new technology as a way of teaching in a more relevant and interactive way. Every English classroom has an interactive whiteboard and we frequently use Visualisers to display and share good examples of student work.

English Key Stage 3

Year 7

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum builds on students’ achievements at primary school, introducing new skills and new contexts. Students study six units a year.

Unit 1 - Literacy skills and Transition

Unit 2 - A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Unit 3 - Victorian Crime Writing

Unit 4 - Poetry

Unit 5 - Framed

Unit 6 - Non Fiction texts

English Key Stage 3

Year 8

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum builds on students’ achievements at primary school, introducing new skills and new contexts. Students study six units a year.

Unit 1 - The Gothic Genre

Unit 2 - The Hunger Games

Unit 3 - Comparison of  texts

Unit 4 - Poetry

Unit 5 - Cruise Ship Creative Writing

Unit 6 - Texts from Different Cultures

English Key Stage 3

Year 9

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum builds on students’ achievements at primary school, introducing new skills and new contexts. Students study six units a year.

Term 1 - Macbeth

Term 2 - Advertising and leaflets

Term 3 and 4 - War Synoptic Unit (using a range of texts and sources)

Term 5 - 'Of Mice and Men'

Unit 6 - Exam skills and non-fiction texts

English Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11

GCSE ENGLISH (AQA) – 2 for 1:

You will be awarded both a Language and a Literature GCSE!

Language Units

Paper 1 Language (1 hours 45 minutes, 50%)

  • Analysis of a fiction text (shorter and longer questions)
  • An extended writing question (descriptive or narrative)

Paper 2 Language (1 hour 45 minutes, 50%)

  • Analysis of 2 non-fiction texts (shorter and longer questions)
  • An extended writing question (expressing a viewpoint)

Paper 3 Language – Spoken Language (a separate mark)

  • Responding to questions and feedback
  • Use of Standard English

Literature Units

Paper 1 Literature (1 hour 45 minutes, 40%)

  • Analytical essay on a Shakespeare Play
  • Analytical essay on a 19th Century Novel

Paper 2 Literature (2 hours 15 minutes, 60%)

  • Analytical essay on a modern text (either prose or a play)
  • An essay comparing two of the poems from the anthology
  • A response to an unseen poem and then compare it with a poem that they know

 

English Literature AS Level

Year 11

Aspects of Tragedy

Paper 1: Othello and Death of a Salesman

Written closed book exam lasting 1 hour 30 minutes

50 marks – 50% of AS Level

Section A: one passage-based question on a Shakespeare text (25 marks)

Section B: one essay question on a drama set text (25 marks)

Paper 2: The Great Gatsby and Keats’ Poetry

Written open book exam lasting 1 hour 30 minutes

50 marks – 50% of AS Level

Section A: one essay question on poetry set text (25 marks)

Section B: one essay question on a prose set text (25 marks)

English Literature A2

Paper 1: Literary Genres – Aspects of Tragedy (Othello, Death of a Salesman and Keats)

Written closed book exam lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes

75 marks – 40% of A2 Level

Section A: one passage-based question on a Shakespeare text (25 marks)

Section B: one essay question on a Shakespeare text (25 marks)

Section C: one synoptic question based on the tragedy text (25 marks)

Paper 2: Texts and Genres – Elements of Political and Social Protest Text

Written open book exam lasting 3 hours

75 marks – 40% of A2 Level

Study of three texts: one post -2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900

Section A: response to one unseen text from this genre (25 marks)

Section B: essay on one of the set texts (25 marks)

Section C: synoptic essay connecting 2 further texts that you will have studied (25 marks)

Non-exam assessment: Theory and Independence (coursework)

Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology

50 marks – 20% of A2 Level

Two essays of 1250-1500 words: each will respond to a different text and link to a different aspect of the Critical Anthology. One essay can be re-creative. The re-creative piece will be accompanied by a commentary.