English


Head of Department: Mr J Davis
Faculty Staff: Mrs C Burles (Assistant Leader, KS4 co-ordinator), Miss G Culleton (KS3 co-ordinator), Mrs D Baker, Mrs M Kay, Mrs C Parker, Miss E Stork, Miss R Heatley, Miss A Broadway
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 personalised learning, 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
Contemporary fiction: ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ or ‘Private Peaceful’
Creative writing: Journeys through fiction

Terms 3 & 4
Modern drama: ‘Frankenstein’
19th Century fiction: ‘Oliver Twist’

Terms 5 & 6
Shakespeare: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ or ‘The Tempest’
Non-fiction writing: Creating a newspaper

Year 8


Terms 1 & 2
19th Century fiction: ‘Speckled Band’ and other short stories
Creative writing: Gothic fiction

Terms 3 & 4
Shakespeare: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’
Contemporary Poetry: Poetry from other cultures

Terms 5 & 6
Non-fiction writing: Writing with a viewpoint
Contemporary fiction: ‘Parvana’s Boy’ or ‘Refugee Boy’

Year 9


Terms 1 & 2
Contemporary Friction: ‘Of Mice and Men’ or ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
Language Paper 1: Creative Writing

Terms 3 & 4
Poetry to make you think and feel
S&L and Transactional Writing

Terms 5 & 6
Begin GCSEs: Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’
Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ and Unseen Poetry

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: AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse
Exam Board Specification: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature

Year 10


Terms 1 & 2
Post 1914 Drama: ‘An Inspector Calls’
19th Century Fiction ‘A Christmas Carol’

Terms 3 & 4
‘Macbeth’ and Poetry Anthology
Poetry Anthology & Unseen Poetry

Terms 5 & 6
Spoken Language Presentations and Language work (non-fiction viewpoint writing and creative writing)

 

Once a week year 10 students also have a language focus lesson-this revises literacy and both the reading and writing sections of the language papers.



Year 11


Terms 1 & 2
Component 1 English Language: Reading and writing
Component 2 English Language: Non-fiction reading and writing

Terms 3 & 4
Literature Paper 2 revision (An Inspector Calls, Anthology Poetry and Unseen Poetry)
Literature Paper 1 revision (Macbeth and A Christmas Carol)

Term 5
Revision on all papers

 

Once a week year 11 students also have a literature revision lesson.


Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Course Code: A Level English Language and Literature AQA 7707
Course Code: A Level English Literature AQA 7712

At KS5 students are given the opportunity to study either A Level English Literature or A Level English Language and Literature.

A Level English Language and Literature AQA 7707
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-and-literature-7706-7707

Recommended Entry Requirements

  • Grade 5 GCSE English Literature and English Language
  • Enjoy reading for study and pleasure

Why English Language and Literature?
This exciting course has a rich variety and a thought-provoking range of literary and linguistic texts including novels, plays, poetry and ‘real-world’ texts such as articles, speeches and travel writing. You will learn to interpret, analyse and discuss a vast range of topics and issues. You will also develop your creative writing skills, inspired by the writers you are studying and learn how to critically evaluate your own work.

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

Recommended Entry Requirements

  • Grade 5 GCSE English Literature and English Language
  • Enjoy reading for study and pleasure

Why English Literature?
Become a confident, widely read communicator who enjoys discussing texts and expressing views. You will be reading and engaging with an exciting and challenging range of texts: prose, poetry, drama and research.

Study English Literature and you will learn to view the world around you 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
Creative writing club
Various: library activities and competitions
Writer in Residence workshops

Year 8
Patron of reading activities/workshop
Writer in Residence workshops
Library activities and competitions

Year 9
Patron of reading activities/workshop
Writer in Residence workshops
Library activities and competitions


Year 10
Catenians public speaking competition
Theatre trip

Year 11
Theatre trip
Bath Spa student workshops
Revision sessions after school

Whole school
National Poetry Day celebrations
World Book Day celebrations
Writer in Residence workshops
Participation in the Bath Children’s Literature Festival

English News