The Importance of English
English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects. In studying English, students develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment. Students learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively. Literature in English is rich and influential. It reflects the experiences of people from many countries and times and contributes to our sense of cultural identity.
It should be noted that English Language GCSE forms part of the English Baccalaureate.
The English Department is successful and vibrant with a committed and enthusiastic team. We aim to provide learners with an engaging and richly varied experience and have a range of exciting resources to enable this such as digital cameras, camcorders and a mini computer suite with high quality editing facilities.
The English team is as follows:
Mrs Maughan - Head of English
Mrs Taylor (Literacy across the curriculum)
Key stage 3
We aim to promote competence and confidence in our learners in the three key areas: reading, writing and speaking and listening. We hope to foster a love of reading for pleasure and encourage learners into the wonderful realm of the imagination. Our world is constantly changing and we recognize the importance of new technologies in the communication process so provide opportunities for learners to engage with a diverse range of texts which have direct relevance to their everyday experiences. For homework we follow the popular Accelerated Reader programme, in conjunction with the school library, which enables students to access and read a wide range of books suited to their own reading level and ability. Students will also revise key spelling, punctuation and grammar rules at home using the CGP series, in preparation for embedding these skills in class.
Key stage 4
We aim to prepare students for exam success in this core subject as well as developing the necessary communication skills for the world beyond School. Students enjoy reading and analysing a range of texts from, film, web pages, novels, literary non-fiction, and poetry to a play by Shakespeare. There is a strong focus on speaking and listening for different situations through drama activities, presentations and group discussions. Furthermore, they will develop essential writing skills that will enable them to communicate confidently and clearly in contexts that are relevant to the real world and which will be transferable in their future education and work. In addition, we aim to enrich our program of study through the provision of extra- curricular activities such as writing competitions, theatre trips, public speaking competitions and exhibitions.
Homework: independent learning opportunities in English
In addition to the homework that is routinely set there are excellent websites that students should access to enhance their independent learning.
For students in Years 7-9 we recommend KS3English bitesize
To enhance literacy, all students will benefit from using BBC Skillswise
The following websites are very useful for revision for both Y10 and 11 English:
Please look at the Key Stage 4 downloads.