Our courses at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 incorporate the new English curriculum framework.
Our assessment of students is ongoing throughout each year. There are also final end of half term assessments. Our recording of results and analysis of these help us to support the students further in their learning.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7 and 8, students develop their speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. At Key Stage 3 we are working to build their independence and creativity through a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. All of Year 7 and 8 have an independent reading lesson to enhance their reading ability and develop a love for literature. This is a very popular part of the programme we provide.
Topics covered are:
* Roald Dahl
* Celtic Myths
* Shakespeare: ‘The Tempest’
* Adventure: ‘Treasure Island’
* 19th Century Literature: Detective fiction
* Independent Project
* Greek and Roman Mythology
* Dystopian worlds
* Shakespeare: ‘Macbeth’ or ‘Richard III’
* Dramatic texts
* Independent Projects
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 we look to develop the skills of Key Stage 3 and start to prepare our pupils for the exams they will have to sit at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework or controlled assessment component for either of these GCSEs, so our focus is very much on ensuring our pupils are fully prepared and have confidence in their own abilities as they go into their exams.
In Year 9 pupils study a range of texts that allow them to develop a breadth of knowledge in preparation for starting their GCSE course in Year 10.
* The Gothic Genre
* Shakespeare: ‘Romeo and Juliet’
* 19th Century Novel: ‘The Time Machine’
* Poetry of Conflict
* Modern Texts: ‘Of Mice and Men’; ‘Animal Farm’; ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
* Independent Projects
Years 10 and 11 are currently following GCSE courses in English Language and English Literature with AQA: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse
For an overview of the English Language course: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700
For an overview of the English Literature course: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702
Texts being studied will vary between classes.
Key Stage 5
In the sixth form we offer A Levels in English Language, English Literature and in English Language and Literature, all through AQA. English Language can be studied alongside English Literature, however English Language and Literature must be your only English A Level.
For further information, follow these links:
A Level English Language: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-7701-7702
A Level English Literature A: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-literature-a-7711-7712
A Level English Language and Literature: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-and-literature-7706-7707
Homework is fully integrated into what we teach. Students here are encouraged to read widely and are given revision materials to help them prepare for examinations. All students are expected to do at least one hour of English homework every week, rising to 90 minutes in Year 11.