Faculty Staff and roles
Ms S Street: Head of Department
Mr S Leverton: Teacher of English; Whole School Literacy Co-ordinator
Mrs J Doyle: Teacher of English
Mrs J Hudson: Teacher of English
KS3 Subject overview
The English curriculum at Key Stage 3 has undergone a complete overhaul as of September 2015, in light of the new specifications for both GCSE English Language and GCSE Literature. Key Stage 3 develops students’ skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. The essential skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling are embedded into our schemes of learning to ensure students are regularly reviewing these critical areas of the syllabus. Regular library lessons in Years 7, 8 and 9 give the opportunity to explore fiction and non-fiction of personal interest, helping students to develop a life-long love of reading. Books read are monitored to ensure our pupils are reading books that challenge their reading ability; we want them to develop a passion for the books they engage with whilst ensuring that they also continue to have their knowledge of words stretched. Homework tasks are set regularly to compliment the learning in the classroom and to demonstrate the essential skill of independent effort.
The English Department follow a spiral curriculum at Key Stage 3, with each assessment focus being addressed at least once in each academic year. Student progress is monitored very closely at Key Stage 3, and any skills gaps are addressed through intervention by the department, tailored to the needs of the individual. Gifted and talented students in English are also identified and challenged to stretch and deepen their thinking.
Schemes of learning at Key Stage 3 include the study of novels, a Shakespeare play, poetry and short stories (both contemporary and from the literary heritage), creative writing, non-fiction writing, individual presentations, group discussions, role play activities and debating.
There is a formal assessment at the end of each year in Key Stage 3, to gauge progress over the year; this supports the half termly assessments during the year, to ensure a full rounded view of each pupil as seen. These annual assessments also start to prepare our learners for Key Stage 4 and the formality of the GCSEs.
The aims of English at Key Stage 4 are to enable all students to:
All students work towards two separate GCSEs in English at Key Stage 4: GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Both qualifications have undergone huge changes in their specification; this is for the Year 10s and all subsequent years in Key Stage 4.
Both courses consist solely of examinations, which will be sat in the summer of Year 11. There will be 2 written exams in each qualification; progress in key assessment areas will be carried out at regular intervals during years 10 and 11 to monitor pupils’ ability. The examination board for both GCSE courses is AQA.
GCSE English Language – 2 papers, each of 1hr 45 mins.
Each is worth 50% of overall GCSE English Language
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
Section A: Reading
One literature fiction text
Section B: Writing
Descriptive or narrative writing
Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
Section A: Reading
One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
Section B: Writing
Writing to present a viewpoint
There are also speaking and listening assessments, which need to be recorded in order to gain separate certification.
Reading and writing non-fiction (2 hours 15 minutes, 60%)
GCSE English Literature:
Students are assessed through one written controlled assessment (25%) and two formal examinations (75%)
GCSE English Literature – 2 papers
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel – 1hr45 40% of overall GCSE Literature
Section A: Shakespeare:
Students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in details about an extract form the play and then to write about the play as a whole.
Section B: The 19th century novel:
Students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.
Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry – 2hr 15 60% of overall GCSE Literature
Section A: Modern texts:
Students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.
Section B Poetry:
Students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.
Section C Unseen poetry:
Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem