Mr M Rushton BA(Hons)
Curriculum Area Leader for English
Mrs A Dyde BA(Hons)
Second in English
Mrs H Bowman-Dalton
Lead Practitioner in English
Mrs L Campbell BA(Hons)
Mrs C Evans BA(Hons)
Mrs A Ingram BA(Hons)
ENGLISH PROGRAMME OF STUDY KEY STAGE 3
‘’I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” – Socrates
The skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening are of vital importance in many areas. Not only are they essential in many careers, they also underpin successful study at all levels, and a proficiency in them can also add immeasurably to an individual’s general quality of life. The Key Stage Programme of Study is designed to aid and assess such development, and to encourage learners to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It will prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices and to use language to participate effectively in society and employment.
- Technical Accuracy
- The Novel
- Classical Literature
- Who murdered Mr Rushton?
- Speaking and Listening: Persuasive speeches
- The Tempest
- The Novel
- Narrative Writing
- Non-fiction Writing
- Non-fiction Reading
- Much Ado about Nothing
The heart of teaching at KS3 is to allow the pupil to learn through creativity and critical thinking. We believe that success at Key Stage 4 begins with preparation at Key Stage 3, and therefore all of our Key Stage 3 Units have been written to address and develop the skills needed for GCSE; each unit is assessed by a Controlled Assessment linked to a GCSE Assessment Objective. As Functional Skills are embedded within all Schemes of Work, learners are able to apply their knowledge in practical and purposeful ways. Across Key Stage 3 and, indeed, Key Stage 4, reading is actively encouraged to promote and accelerate learning in all areas: in years 7 and 8, pupils have a library lesson every other week. Through their studies pupils have opportunities to reflect on a range of spiritual, moral, ethical, social and cultural issues as well as the opportunity to develop individual citizenship while studying environmental issues.
KEY STAGE 4
Pupils begin studying for their GCSE in English Literature and English Language in Year 9. This enables learners to revisit topics over the 3 years and to secure their understanding and use of key skills. For both English Literature and English Language, assessment is 100% exam. For Literature the set texts are:
‘A Christmas Carol’ – Charles Dickens
‘Blood Brothers’ – Willy Russell
‘Romeo and Juliet’ – William Shakepseare
Eduqas Poetry Anthology (18 poems from a variety of poets)
In Component 1 of the Language exam, pupils will be required to write an engaging story, which tests their ability to write skillfully and imaginatively, as well as their technical accuracy. This paper also has a reading element which tests pupils’ skills of inference, deduction, synthesis and evaluation.
In Component 2 of the Language exam, pupils will be required to write two non-fiction pieces of writing, for example: a letter, a review, a report, a speech or an article. As with Component 1, this tests their ability to write skillfully, adapting their writing to the purpose, format and audience. This paper also has a reading element, requiring pupils to examine 2 non-fiction texts (one modern and one pre-20th century) and to respond to them using skills of inference, deduction, synthesis, comparison and evaluation.
How can I help with English Literature?
Pupils cannot take the texts into the Literature exam, so unless they know some relevant quotations from their two set texts, they are not going to succeed – look for A3 pieces of paper dotted around their bedrooms with ‘Mind-maps’ of their texts. If they’re not there – quiz them and ask why not?
Some key things that might help them are: Mind Maps:
- Use colour – this will really help them to remember the different sections in the exam;
- A different mind map for themes and characters;
- SHORT quotations from the text – if they’re too long, they’ll never remember them;
- Using images (not works of art, just simple sketches) can help some pupils, especially visual learners, to remember
- Make sure that your child has read the novel and the plays for at least the second time before the exam.
- Buy a study guide from your local book shop and ask your child the questions for each section to check their understanding of the main plot and characters.
- You could even read the books yourself and really engage in the learning process!
- Post it notes are an excellent resource for revision/ sorting/text
How can I help with English Language?
- Check out resources on My Big Campus (MBC) uploaded by class teachers to support
- Ensure your son/daughter has prepared revision cards/ prompt
- Time your son/daughter with practice questions (already been given out by class teachers) and encourage them to be handed in for
- Help with short spelling tests of key words highlighted in timed writing/
- Encourage your child to read nonfiction and media texts in the run up to the exam – encourage timed reading.
Useful Websites for revision:
The English department will also be running extra sessions to support Year 11 in preparing for exams. From October 31st 2016, these sessions will be running as follows:
Set 1 (Mrs Bowman Dalton) – Fridays after school
Set 2 (Mrs Dyde) – Wednesdays and Thursdays after school
Set 3 (Mrs Campbell) – Tuesdays after school
Set 4 (Mrs Ingram) – Monday lunchtimes
Set 5 (Mr Rushton) – Tuesdays and Thursdays after school
Set 6 (Mrs Evans) – Wednesdays after school