|Mr D Alderson||Curriculum Leader|
|Mrs B Elliott||Assistant Curriculum Leader|
|Mrs R Elgenia||Associate Leader of Literacy|
|Miss S Grainger||English Teacher|
|Mrs L Johnson||English Teacher|
|Mrs L Lathall||Literacy co-ordinator|
|Mrs L Truswell||English Teacher|
|Mrs E Clifford||English Teacher|
|Miss H Dunstan||English Teacher|
|Miss J Harvey||English Teacher|
In English, the curriculum is designed to provide specific knowledge regarding literary history, writer’s craft and an extensive vocabulary that students are able to call upon to both interact with and create imaginative texts. Students will be able to analyse and evaluate the choices made by writers, whilst making connections between elements within a text and contextual factors beyond the text itself. In turn, students will be able to craft their own writing with an intended effect in mind. They will have a secure grasp of grammar which will enable them to express themselves fluently.
Literature Through the Ages: The Gothic
An exploration of genre and how writing changes over time. We study extracts from classic texts across time and learn to write using the conventions of the Gothic genre.
Injustice: Stone Cold
Students will read the novel Stone Cold and will explore the topics of social responsibility and learn about issues around homelessness. The main focus is on analysing how the text has been written for impact.
Students will work to create their own pieces of creative writing. Reflecting on the work of professionals, they will begin to hone the craft of story writing by focussing on writing short extracts to deliver desired impact.
Students will engage with a wide range of poems but will work on understanding the form in its all beauty. Poems are taken from a variety of times and cultures as we look to introduce students to life beyond their day to day experiences.
Students will study masters of rhetoric from ancient Greece to the modern day. Ethos, Logos and Pathos are at the heart of unit and will be used to help dissect famous speeches from history and will lead to students writing their own speech on a cause close to their heart.
Tyranny: Animal Farm
George Orwell’s allegorical text will be used to further embed the study of rhetoric and will give us the opportunity to look at a text where context is key. Students will engage with Orwell’s intentions and will analyse he crafted the text to influence the reader.
Romeo and Juliet
Students will observe how character and plot are developed and linked throughout the play. Key scenes will be studied in greater depth. Shakespeare’s masterpiece will give students an insight into contextual influences from another time and a chance to reflect on how society has changed.
Victorian England and Charles Dickens
Students will be given a taster of different works of Charles Dickens. We will be looking at contextual influences on this great writer and what he was trying to achieve through his writing. Through skilfully selected extracts, we will bridge the language barrier and transport students into worlds they may not believe existed.
Students will explore a series of unseen poems that cover a range of topics, time periods and cultures. They will consider a poem’s journey, any shifts and changes in a text and why they occur, and how core themes are explored and presented within a range of texts.
Dystopian fiction and Spoken Language
Students delve into the dismal world of fictional dystopia. Through sampling some of the most ground-breaking literature and social commentary through the decades, students are inspired to imagine the greatest disasters and injustices that could befall humanity and bring them alive in their writing.
As students reflect on ideas put forward in dystopian texts, we move to the GCSE Spoken Language component. Students will create a short presentation on a topic of their choosing.
An Inspector Calls
Students will explore Priestley’s social commentary within the play. They will explore the links between context and its influence on the text as a whole. Students will dissect each character and consider motives and guilt. This is a true exploration of characters and our perceptions of them.
Macbeth: Plot and Characters
English Language Course Elements
English Literature Course Elements
Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)
At Key Stage 5 the Department offer two courses, AQA English Literature Spec B and AQA English Language- both of these are new courses. Both of these offer candidates the chance to examine English language and culture from a number of perspectives.
English Language Breakdown
English Literature Breakdown
Key texts students will need are Othello, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Death of a Salesman, Atonement, Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Oliver Twist.
Other Support Materials
Software and Links
For students with smart phones or ipads – there are Apps available to download to support with spelling and literacy. Most are free and some cost as little as a few pounds.
Key Stage 3
We recommend Mr Thorne’s Spellbook – this App will take students through the phonic stages / spelling rules and build towards more complex words.
Key Stage 3 and 4
The TES Spelling Bee website is also a free resource to practice spelling at all levels.
www.educationquizzes.com – Free interactive quizzes for Key Stage 3 and GCSC English
A+ spelling test – is a free downloadable app for ipad and similar devices. You can add your own spelling lists and record your own voice for each word. Students can play unscramble, practice tests and complete spelling tests based on their personalised lists. Scores are kept and results can be emailed to whoever you choose. A fantastic app for those wanting to practice spellings independently.