Welcome to the English Department
Key Stage 3
Year 7/8 Centre & Home Tuition
Creative writing – In this unit pupils will build and develop their creative writing skills, exploring character, description of people and setting and the art of story writing. They will study the structure and characterisation from a variety of sources to use as a stimulus for a writing assessment. Students will have a chance to develop their reading strategies, whilst developing their sentence and word skills.
Text – Skellig. In this unit pupils will read the novel Skellig by David Almond, exploring character, theme, setting and the art of story writing. They will study the structure and characterisation within the story to use as a stimulus for a reading assessment. Pupils will also have the opportunity to learn about other literary writers, including William Blake. Students will have a chance to develop their reading strategies, whilst developing their sentence and word skills.
Poetry – In this unit pupils will have the opportunity to read a variety of poems. Pupils will analyse; poetic techniques, language use, poetic devices, structure and concepts. Pupils will have a chance to develop their reading strategies, whilst improving their sentence and word skills.
Explorations In Creative Reading and Writing – Spooks and Islands – During these units pupils will be reading and analysing a variety of texts to gain knowledge and expertise in; reading for meaning, determining explicit and implicit meaning, vague language, use of vocabulary, literary devices, creating tension and narrative voice.
Travel Writing – Pupils will read a selection of travel texts, past and present. They will study the structure and layout of travel text, as well as exploring the purpose and audience of different travel text. Pupils will be assessed through a speaking and listening task, in which they will create a voice over for a holiday advert.
Shakespeare – Twelfth Night – Close study of the text analysing character, theme, historical context, Shakespeare’s language, creating new plot lines, a theatre programme all whilst promoting a positive attitude to the study of Shakespeare through drama activities, personal research and making the link between sayings popular today that were written by Shakespeare.
'Me, Myself and I' ice breaker - creating a script about a topic they're passionate about to be read on local radio.
Text - Of Mice and Men - Reading of the novel for explicit and implicit meaning, developing understanding of language, structure, character development and writer's craft. Explore Steinbeck's portrayal of Curley's wife, ‘The American Dream’ and the historical context of the piece including racial inequality, disability and women's lack of power.
Poetry - Introducing pupils to the concept of how to 'read' a poem, improving and developing the skills needed for success at GCSE. Pupils will be equipped with the skills to tackle unseen poetry and then encouraged to use the skills to analyse poetry in the Anthology cluster 'Power and Conflict'.
Shakespeare - pupils will read extracts from Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Pupils will explore language, theme, historical context and develop personal responses. The extracts will provide a stimulus for a speaking and listening assessment in the form of an argumentative speech.
Pupils will read and analyse the whole play Romeo and Juliet and develop skills in preparation for GCSE.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 pupils are prepared for AQA GCSE English Language and some for English Literature.
Pupils may also complete AQA Step Up To English qualifications at Silver or Gold level.
Pupils are entered for external examinations to suit their level of ability and performance.
In all English programmes of study pupils have the opportunity to read a selection of literary and non literary material across a selection of genres and to write in a variety of styles for different purposes and audiences.
Theatre and cinema visits are a regular aspect of off-site activity to aid pupils' appreciation of texts studied.
Writing competitions are also encouraged and the centre has a tradition of much success in this local and national area.