Whole School LiteracyEnglish Faculty

English FacultyWhat is our aim?
The English Faculty aim to create capable and creative learners, who understand and respond to their learning needs as they aspire to make continuous progress. We aim to do this by being reflective, dynamic and inspiring practitioners who enable the learning and development of students as individuals, whilst maintaining high attainment.

How will we achieve that aim?
We will achieve this via close monitoring; a diverse range of learning resources; dynamic facilitation and a close attention to examination requirements. Our success is based on an enthusiastic team spirit that permeates our lessons as we bring Literature and Language to life. We are proud of our results and feel they are testament to our students' enthusiasm and staff specialisms.

When will pupils achieve their aims?
In Years 7 and 8 students study a range of topic areas that allow them to access a range of texts in a variety of formats, including basic grammar and literacy. Examples include: Crisis; Travel Writing from Around the World; Identity poetry and Science and Nature. All topic areas draw together non-fiction and fiction texts, as well as opportunities for Speaking and Listening, Drama, Reading, Writing and concepts from other subject areas. In addition to this we also study whole texts, inclusive of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’. Students are given the opportunity to evaluate their own work and also to take responsibility for their own learning via keeping track of their targets and setting their own when it comes to our dedicated target setting and evaluation weeks.

In Year 9 pupils will be part of a curriculum which further prepares them for their English Language and Literature GCSE, allowing them to develop skills in close textual analysis, creative writing and speaking and listening. This includes the study of ‘An Inspector Calls’, the analysis of a series of poems focused on power and conflict and preparation for the analysis and creative writing elements of English Language. In year 9 students will also complete their Spoken Language unit, which is a requirement for the English Language GCSE.

English FacultyIn Years 10 and 11 pupils will complete units of work which prepare them for their English Literature and English Language GCSE exams. In English Language pupils will analyse a range of short texts that are from different time periods and written in diffferent forms. They will also develop their creative writing skills, writing pieces that are descriptive, narrative and argumentative. In English Literature pupils will study two novels, a play and a range of poems.

In Years 12 and 13 students have the opportunity to develop their skill and understanding in English Literature and English Language at a higher level. In class they are expected to develop their skills as an independent learner in parallel with creative and skill centred lessons that make use of a variety of technologies and teaching tools. All topic areas draw together non-fiction and fiction texts, as well as opportunities for Drama, Reading and Writing. Within English Language A Level students are able to produce their own creative texts, as well as studying the manner in which language is effected by gender, power and technology.