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English

Members of Staff and Roles/Responsibilities

Mr Kevin Waite Curriculum Team Leader

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English Overview

Students follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study and the National Literacy Framework. Our aim is to help students become effective communicators, orally and in writing, as well as competent and thoughtful readers who read regularly for pleasure. In addition to the formal study of novels, plays, poems and non fiction texts, all students in Key Stage 3 begin each lesson with a short period of personal reading using books of their choice from either the college or public libraries.

Each unit of study in KS3 is followed by a formal assessment to test students’ skills, knowledge and understanding. The marks are recorded to create a profile of the student’s achievement and to enable her to be given clear progress targets.

At Key Stage 4 students are prepared for GCSE English and GCSE English Language and Literature (Welsh Board). A small number of students only take GCSE English.

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KS3 Structure

Students are taught in setted groups with the exception of Year 7 students who are taught in mixed ability sets until the Autumn half term. Year 7 students begin with a two week induction to English, literature and poetry, and reading for pleasure. Students with significant problems with Literacy are withdrawn from some English lessons to receive targeted help in small groups from the Learning Support Faculty. Students in Year 7 who are not yet working at a secure Level 4 and whose reading ages are between 8 years six months and ten years follow a Booster programme aimed specifically at raising their reading ages as quickly as possible to ensure that they are able to access the full English curriculum in Year 8 and after.

In Year 9 following the withdrawal of SATs tests, pupils take a formal controlled assessment designed to help them become more successful at KS4 as well as to access the curriculum more effectively.

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KS3 Content

YEAR 7
TOPICS COVERED

Autobiography
Novel/short stories
Pre 20th Century poetry
Descriptive Writing
Wider reading
Reading and writing non-fiction
Persuasive writing
Poetry for pleasure
Introduction to Shakespeare
Discrete grammar unit

YEAR 8
TOPICS COVERED

Writing to Persuade
Novel/short stories
Poetry from other Cultures
Shakespeare
Imaginative and narrative writing
Reading and writing non-fiction
Formal letter writing
Article writing
Grammar unit

YEAR 9
TOPICS COVERED

Pre-Twentieth Century novel
Transition work for KS4
Shakespeare play
Reading non-fiction
Article/speech writing
Formal letter writing
Pre-Twentieth Century and contemporary female poets
Contemporary play

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KS4 Structure

Students are taught in sets across six ability bands focusing on coursework and examination skills.

Coursework

Each student will complete four pieces of coursework covering writing to entertain, poetry and drama and different cultures. Each pupil will complete three separate speaking and listening tasks as part of their coursework requirement. Coursework counts towards 40% of marks for both English only students and English Language and English Literature students.

Exams

There are two 1 hour papers for English counting for 60% of each pupil's overall grade and for English Literature, there are two 2 hour papers counting for 75% of each pupil's overall grade.

There are two tiers of exam entry:

Tier                                 Grades available

Higher                                     A* - D

Foundation                              C - G

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KS4 Content

YEAR 10
TOPICS COVERED

Different Cultures
Writing to describe (a narrative and descriptive piece of writing)
Shakespeare and poetry comparison
Two speaking and listening assignments
A study of spoken language
Exam preparation

YEAR 11
TOPICS COVERED

Narrative writing
Speaking and listening assignment
(coursework)
Exam preparation

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Additional Information

Those pupils taking English Language and English Literature will also study two 20th century novels and a 20th century play in preparation for their GCSE exams.

Coursework will now take place in school as controlled assessments taken in exam conditions.

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