The English department is a large team of dedicated and dynamic teachers. We are committed to providing a rigorous and varied curriculum and have high expectations for all students. All of our teachers are subject specialists with a range of expertise. We aim to teach students, whatever their ability, the skills required to communicate both in and outside of school. We also aim to embed a lifelong interest and curiosity in literature and the power of words.
Ms van der Lip - Head of Department
English is taught in classrooms across the school. Rooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, visualizers and sound systems that allow students to engage with a wide variety of texts. We also have a dedicated bank of laptops and tablets that can be used in lessons.
Key Stage 3
Students follow a curriculum based on the requirements of the National Curriculum. All year groups will study a range of texts including Shakespeare, pre 20th century, contemporary and multimodal. In each year, they will also study a selection of poetry texts and a modern play script. Teachers plan their lessons based on the ability and needs of the individuals within their groups so we have a wide range of texts that are available. All Key Stage 3 students have a lesson timetabled in the library once a fortnight in which they work on a range of reading and library skills.
Much of our teaching in Key Stage 3 is in mixed ability groups. Some students are taught in smaller ‘support’ groups in which the teacher will deliver the curriculum at a paced suited to the students’ needs. Some students are challenged by the pace of delivery and the selection of texts in a larger ‘fast-paced’ group.
Students will follow national guidelines throughout Key Stage 3 to support and prepare them for their Key Stage 4 courses. The school operates a banding system of 1-9 (9 being the highest band). Students will be given a target based upon their Key Stage 2 scores and baseline assessments on arrival at Edgbarrow. The band they are awarded at the end of the Key Stage is intended to be indicative of the grade they may achieve at GCSE.
Key Stage 4
We teach an integrated course for English Language and English Literature which involves studying novels, short stories, drama, poetry, non-literary and other media texts. There will be opportunities to write in a variety of styles and to participate in many speaking and listening activities throughout the course.
Students are taught in mixed ability groups with the exception of two fast-paced groups of students with Band 9-7 targets.
Each year we review the best pathway for our students at GCSE. For 2016-2018 Key Stage 4 students will be entered for both AQA English Language and English Literature qualification. All students are entered for both courses.
Highest Ability and Talented Reading List
Key Stage 5
We offer three A Levels within the department. English Literature, English Language and Media are well established, successful A Levels that have been running for a number of years.
Students will continue to develop their interest in English through learning about the structure of English, its varieties, different functions and through their analysis of different types of, largely, non-fiction writing. Students will write for different audiences and purposes.
A wide range of skills are developed including research skills using books, magazines, the internet and primary research Independent learning is an essential part of this course. Students are expected to give presentations as part of the course and to write analyses of texts. Students need to be capable writers and to enjoy exploring the nuances of language.
Students will read widely, critically and independently across centuries, genre and gender. We hope to stimulate thought and discussion on a number of issues and ideas. The course also aims to develop the informed, independent reading of literary texts. There is a central emphasis on the analysis of unprepared texts in the exams so students are encouraged to link, connect and compare a wide range of whole texts and extracts.
Students will develop an ability to argue logically on evidence from a range of texts and to approach all forms of literature with awareness and perception.
Film Studies A Level sees students engage in the close analysis of with a wide range of films from different cultures and points in history, from silent to the present day. Students will explore ideas relating to genre, representation, narrative, aesthetics, ideology, film form, spectatorship and a range of critical debates that will serve to enhance and develop students’ analytical and creative skills.
The course also weaves in a practical element, allowing students to demonstrate their understating of forms and conventions through the creation of scripts and the use of ICT in creating a digital storyboard.
We work closely with the Progress Department to ensure that students with a variety of educational needs are supported by the department in their English lessons.
Creative Writing club meet weekly which is open to all year groups. The Library also run clubs which include shadowing the Carnegie book award.
Celebrating World Book Day - March 2015
We are continuing with our WorldBookDay celebrations on Thursday 5th March with staff dressing up as their favourite character from literature or from a favourite book. This should help to spark discussion as to who they are, why they chose that character and encourage students to read one of the books. Also, staff have submitted 'Shelfies' - so during tutor time, all students will get a chance to work out who the different staff members are from their Shelfies which includes the book they have chosen as their favourite book and which is displayed on their classroom/office door. Students will be encouraged to look at classroom doors to see what favourite books have been mentioned and also promote discussion about some of the books they see on the bookshelves. Students may be inspired to read one of these texts or speak to the staff about the book and therefore, keep raising the profile of books and reading.
For further information regarding our English Curriculum please contact:
Ms van der Lip [email protected]
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