English


Head of Department: Mrs J Vale
Faculty Staff: Mrs D Baker (Assistant Leader), Mrs C Boardman, Ms G Culleton, Mr T Fieldhouse, Miss A Hanson (maternity leave), Mrs M Kay, Mrs C Parker, Mrs V Thompson (KS3 Coordinator)
Support Staff: Miss R Hodgkiss
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5

Language is the prime medium through which students learn and express themselves across the whole curriculum. Our aim as English teachers is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to write, speak and listen effectively. These skills will prepare our students to take their place in the modern world as principled citizens. Through the study of literature, students will become sensitive to meanings; they will explore, question and reflect on issues central to the dignity and respect of life and on the Christian values that are imbued in all our teaching.

In keeping with the whole school ethos of personalisation, we ensure that our students experience a challenging and engaging curriculum that is tailored to their needs and is accessible to all. The English Faculty holds a firm belief in the responsibility of the teacher for encouraging and monitoring the emotional and imaginative development of the student.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Throughout years 7 to 9, students will build their skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening through a series of dedicated schemes of work. They will explore a 19th century novel or short story, poetry across the ages, Shakespeare, contemporary fiction, non-fiction texts and creative writing. Embedded within these curriculum areas are the skills required for the study of English at GCSE and beyond. Information and Communication Technology is also encouraged for research and presentation purposes.

Year 7

Terms 1 & 2
1. Topic 1 Non-fiction: Autobiography/biography
2. Topic 2 Contemporary fiction: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas or Private Peaceful
Terms 3 & 4
3. Topic 1 Middle Ages poetry: Beowulf
4. Topic 2 Modern drama: Frankenstein
Terms 5 & 6
5. Topic 1 Creative Writing: Journeys
6. Topic 2 19th century novel: Treasure Island

Year 8

Terms 1 & 2
1. 19th century fiction: Sherlock Holmes
2. Non-fiction: Newspapers
Terms 3 & 4
3. Romantic poetry: William Blake
4. Creative writing: Conflict
Terms 5 & 6
5. Contemporary fiction: Parvana’s Journey
6. Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream or The Tempest

Year 9

Terms 1 & 2
1. Contemporary Friction: Stone Cold or Trash
2. Non-fiction: Spoken language and media texts
Terms 3 & 4
3. Victorian poetry: The Lady of Shallot and other poems
4. Creative writing: Rebellion
Terms 5 & 6
5. Shakespeare: Macbeth or Much ado About Nothing
6. GCSE poetry anthology

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

At KS4 all students will follow an English programme which leads to a qualification in both English Language and English Literature.

English GCSE Pathways

Course Code: Eduqas GCSE English Language C700QS and English Literature C720QS
Exam Board Specification: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-language/gcse/

Year 10

Terms 1 & 2
1. Post 1914 Drama: An Inspector Calls
2. Component 1 English Language: Creative writing/ 20th century fiction
Terms 3 & 4
3. Poetry anthology
4. Component 2 English Language: Non-fiction writing/ speeches (speaking and listening)
Terms 5 & 6
5. Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
6. Component 2 English Language: 19th century and 21st century non-fiction

Year 11

Terms 1 & 2
1. 19th century prose: A Christmas Carol
2. English Language component 2 revision
Terms 3 & 4
3. Unseen poetry / English Language component 1 revision
4. Revision
Terms 5 & 6
5. Revision

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Course Code: A Level English Literature AQA 7711/2 (2015 onwards)
Course Code: A Level English Language and Literature Edexcel 9ELO 2015
Course Code: WJEC GCSE English (2016) Eduqas English Language C700QS (2017 onwards)

At KS5 students are given the opportunity to study either A Level English Literature or A Level English Language and Literature. In 2015 we will be offering the following courses:

A Level English Language and Literature Edexcel
Exam Board Specification: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce15/eng-lang-lit/Pages/default.aspx

The A Level courses involves students interpreting, analysing and commenting on a diverse and thought-provoking range of both literary and linguistic texts, including novels, plays, poetry, literary non-fiction and spoken language. In addition to responding creatively and independently to texts in a technically accurate way, students will get the chance to transform texts, inspired by the writers they are studying. The course offers students the opportunity to study a rich variety of literary genres, as well as improving speaking and listening skills and developing personal qualities.

A Level English Literature AQA Specification A
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-literature-a-7711-7712

This course involves reading and engaging with an exciting and challenging range of texts: poetry, drama and prose. Some are set texts, used for ‘close study’, and others are chosen by students themselves as part of their ‘wider reading’. Ambitious to become confident literary critics, students will need to engage with research and develop links with context. By studying English Literature, students will learn to view the world around them with different eyes, developing skills of perception and critical awareness.

For more information on A Level English Language and Literature, click here.

For more information on A Level English Literature, click here.

Enrichment and Links:

Year 7
Book Buzz
Visiting authors
Theatre trip to pantomime
Readathon competition
Scrabble club
Creative writing club
Various: library activities and competitions

Year 8
Patron of reading activities/workshop
Library activities and competitions
Creative writing club

Year 9
Patron of reading activities/workshop
Library activities and competitions
Creative writing club

Year 10
Catenians public speaking competition
Theatre trip

Year 11
Theatre trip
Bath Spa student workshops

Whole school
National Poetry Day celebrations
World Book Day celebrations

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