Remote Learning

Year 7 & 8

 

  • Students will be set work on google classrooms (with deadlines given by their teacher) promoting their reading and writing skills. There will also be opportunities to complete extra optional challenges. 
  • Students are expected to read for a minimum of one hour per week. Our librarian has sent some excellent reading lists. Students also have a login to The Day newspaper. 
  • At set points, students will have feedback from their teacher using WWW and EBI. 

 

 Year 9

 

  • Over Easter, students were asked to read the novel Animal Farm. Students are now completing work on this novel. In some cases, teachers will also set non fiction activities for students to complete.
  • Students must complete work set on google classroom. Students must follow deadlines given by their teacher. 
  • Students should expect some form of feedback from their teacher based on WWW & EBI at assessment points.

 

 

Year 10 

 

  • Before Easter, students were asked to finish reading their nineteenth century novel. Students have now moved on to Power and Conflict Poetry.
  • Students must complete their work and then annotate their poetry anthologies by hand. Students must follow deadlines given by their teacher. 
  • Students should expect some form of feedback from their teacher based on WWW & EBI at assessment points.

 

All GCSE students will benefit from reading a wide variety of fiction and non fiction. Watching high quality television and theatre is also time well spent.

 

A Level

 

  • Students will be set four hours of work per week. In addition, students receive regular wider reading and film/theatre recommendations to expand cultural capital and broaden interests
  • Students must complete their work on a google doc according to the deadline given by their teachers.
  • Students should expect some form of feedback from their teacher based on WWW & EBI where appropriate.
  • Students will need to use their textbooks and access EMAG.
  • Students will also be drafting coursework guided by their teachers and can expect feedback on drafts. 

 

English

The English Department is driven by the belief that the teaching of English is of fundamental importance to the School and all students. We have the responsibility of providing students with the communication skills required to enable them to progress in all subjects across the curriculum and in higher education and beyond. We are also firm advocates of the study of language and literature as academic subjects in their own right; and we place immense value on the importance of creative response - to students’ own experiences and the experiences of others embodied in literature.

English is a compulsory subject at KS3 and KS4, with students taking two GCSEs at the end of Year 11: English Literature and English Language. Large numbers of students choose to continue their English studies at Sixth Form level, with the department offering AS and A Levels in English Literature and English Language and Literature. Each student is treated as an individual and supported as they seek to fulfil their academic potential.

We are also committed to the broader education of our students. We believe that the style of our teaching is student-centred, encouraging participation, structured around discussion. This together with the content of our curriculum maximises student engagement. We also play a part in the broader education of students by seeking to enrich beyond the formal curriculum.

The department is involved in a number of clubs and societies, including creative writing, drama clubs, book discussion and language-related clubs; we organise a range of trips to subject-related student conferences, the theatre and other cultural events; we invite students to get involved in the editing of The Fullerian; and we always seek to stimulate intellectual, cultural and aesthetic interests.

The department’s primary aims can be summarised as follows:

  • Teach students to express themselves effectively and with confidence in written and spoken English for a range of contexts and purposes

  • Encourage students to appreciate and understand a range of literature and to practise wide reading

  • Enable students to fulfil their academic potential

  • Develop personal and creative responses to texts and the experiences of being a secondary school student

  • Support students to develop the language skills which facilitate their learning across the curriculum.

Key Stage 3
The teaching of English at Key Stage 3 aims to develop proficient and confident communicators in written and spoken English and  to encourage personal and creative responses to texts and the experiences of being a Key Stage 3 student. In addition, the aim is to generate interest in literature and encourage the practice of wide reading and to prepare students for the commencement of GCSE courses in English Language and English Literature.

Year 7 study a range of units including:
Transition from KS2
Themes and Connections through poetry
19th century novel
Creative and Imaginative Writing
English Language: individual and global
Writing to get things done
Drama & Interaction
Modern novels
Shakespeare
Passport to Literature
Grammar

Year 8 study a range of units including:
Modern novels
Poetry
English Language: past, present and future
Creative, imaginative writing
Writing to get things done
Drama and interaction
Media in print
19th century novel
Modern play
Grammar

Key Stage 4
The teaching of English at Key Stage 4  aims to prepare students for assessment at GCSE English Language and English Literature and to produce confident, effective and flexible communicators in written and spoken English. In addition, the aim is to encourage personal and creative responses to texts and the experiences of being a Key Stage 4 student, generate interest in literature and encourage the practice of wide reading.

Year 9 pupils study the following units as an introduction to the GCSE curriculum:
Of Mice and Men
Shakespeare and linked texts in performance
Independent Reading Project
Non fiction anthology and speech writing
Communication through mini epq project
Animal Farm
Poetry and Art


In y10 and 11 pupils study the following units:
• A modern prose or drama text
• An anthology of both modern and literary heritage poetry
• Unseen poetry
• Spoken Language
• Creative writing skills
           Writing to argue and persuade
• Reading unseen fiction and non-fiction
• One Shakespeare play
• One nineteenth century novel


Useful Links and Resources

Key Stage 5

English Literature

 

English Literature is a fairly popular course offered at Key Stage 5 level, and many of our students go on to study the subject at university. The course gives students a chance to:

 

• Study diverse texts ranging from work first published and performed from 1300 to post-1990.

• Build on the close reading skills gained at GCSE level and use more advanced techniques to develop them into more mature and sophisticated analyses.

• Explore the interpretations of other readers, compare texts and read texts in the light of critical discussion and literary theory.

• Weave knowledge and understanding of literary, historical, social and cultural contexts into interpretations and discussions of texts.

• Articulate individual responses to texts, exploring critical and analytical positions with precise and advanced subject-specific language.

The course follows a three unit format over two years, with students assessed through external examinations and through coursework.

 

English Language and Literature

 

English Language and Literature aims to deepen learners' understanding of the use of English Language and develop skills of literary analysis through creative engagement with a range of texts, and is a good foundation for a variety of careers and Higher Education subjects.  The course gives students a chance to:

 

• Study a stimulating range of texts including: classics, contemporary fiction, transcripts and multi-modal texts. • Undertake independent investigative projects.

• Investigate some of the key constituents of language and how they function in combination to make • meaning in spoken and written English;

• Explore how variations in language, form and context shape and change meanings in speech and writing

• Apply analytical and creative approaches to the critical study of texts, drawing on linguistic and • literary methodologies and concepts.

• Analyse the significance of contextual factors in the production and reception of texts

 

The course follows a four unit format over two years, with students assessed through external examinations and through coursework.

 

Useful Links and Resources

Specification for OCR English Literature - https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/171200-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-english-literature-h472.pdf

Specification for OCR English Language and Literature - https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/171202-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-english-language-and-literature-h474.pdf

Andrew Moore’s Universal Teacher – large range of resources relevant particularly to English Language - http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/

Geoff Barton A Level – resources for Language students - http://geoffbarton.co.uk/student-resources.php

The Student Room – some great resources for Literature students - http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/content.php?r=3478-a-level-english-literature

The Student Room – Language student resources - http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/content.php?r=3470-A-level-English

EnglishBiz – resources for all A Level English students - http://www.englishbiz.co.uk/#A_LEVEL

Harvard Referencing Guidelines – for style guides when referencing in coursework tasks - http://www.staffs.ac.uk/assets/harvard_quick_guide_tcm44-47797.pdf