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Welcome to the English Department

We are a committed, enthusiastic and successful team of experienced and well-qualified teachers of English. We firmly believe in equal educational opportunities for every child. We are a friendly, supportive and inclusive team of colleagues and regularly enjoy extra-curricular events, trips and activities with our students.

Staff

Head of English Mrs. Jane Moss-Blundell
Joint Second in English Mr. Chris Mowat
Mrs. Sarah Tabor
Ms. Karen Bridgett
LRC Manager/Achievement Group leader Mrs. Jane Benham
 

Mrs. Collette Bradbury

Mrs D Morton

  • Mrs. Jane Moss-Blundell  (Head of English)
  • Mr. Chris Mowat (Joint Second in English)
  • Mrs. Sarah Tabor (Joint Second in English)
  • Ms. Karen Bridgett (Joint Second in English)
  • Mrs. Collette Bradbury
  • Mrs D Morton
  • Mrs. Jane Benham (LRC Manager/Achievement Group leader)

English Film 

Links to SMSC

All texts studied enable focus on spiritual, moral and social education, giving rise to good discussion opportunities which take place in classrooms where a climate of emotional safety has been established. The new Narnia project with the University of Leeds gives an excellent and overt opportunity to explore the virtues enshrined in the Chronicles of Narnia novels and apply them in real life. Any study of Shakespeare, with his unparalleled treatment of the vagaries of human nature, offers excellent scope to discuss SMSC issues within a literary framework.

Links to British Values including Prevent duty

The breadth of study within English means that overt links can be made to the British values which we promote through our VMG programme. The benefits of qualities such as respect and tolerance are regularly explored as a range of texts are discussed and, where appropriate, clear links can be made about the need for these values in a well-rounded and fulfilled individual.


Key Stage 3

Course Overview: Students study a wide range of topics across Year 7 and Year 8 with the specific aims of equipping them with the skills they will need for success at GCSE and beyond and also broadening their range of social and cultural experiences. All students in Year 7 and Year 8 have one lesson based in the Learning Resource Centre and also enjoy 20 minutes silent reading under the Accelerated Reader scheme at the start of lessons, with the opportunity to read books at a level specifically designed to suit their reading age. Students then undertake an online quiz to check understanding of the book and, if successful, move up a book level. This helps to increase reading for pleasure and also comprehension skills.

Key Areas Of Study:

Examples of topics/texts include:

  • Narnian Virtues (a new project in collaboration with the University of Leeds)
  • Perfect punctuation
  • Skellig
  • Empathetic writing
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Private Peaceful
  • Westminster
  • Goodnight Mr. Tom
  • Holes

Assessment: There are no external exams during KS3 however all units of work include assessed pieces, recording progress in reading, writing and speaking and listening.

Course Length: 2 years

Progression to: All students progress to study GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature

Extra-Curricular Activities: Intervention activities to support all topics and all students, for example EAL support, Lego Club and after school classroom intervention

Trips

  • Pantomime
  • Theatre trips
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park
  • Trip to the Houses of Parliament
  • Donkey Sanctuary

Key Stage 4

Course title: WJEC English Language

Course Overview: The new GCSE English Language offers students the chance to develop their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Scope is given for development in the following areas:

  • Reading and understanding fictional texts;
  • Creative prose writing;
  • Reading and understanding non-fiction texts;
  • Transactional writing;
  • Formal presentation or speech to an audience.

Key Areas Of Study

  • 20th century literature texts;
  • narrative recount in response to a choice of titles;
  • 19th and 21st century non-fiction texts;
  • Persuasive and discursive writing;
  • Spoken language.

Assessment: The course is assessed by two external exams as follows:

  • Component 1
    • Section A
    • 20th century literature reading study: questions on an unseen text
    • Section B
    • Creative prose writing: narrative recount in response to one of four titles
    • 1hour 45 minutes 40%
  • Component 2
    • Section A
    • 19th and 21st century non-fiction reading study: questions on two unseen non-fiction texts
    • Two compulsory transactional, persuasive and/or discursive writing tasks
    • 2 hours 60%
  • Component 3
    • Spoken Language: one formal presentation or speech
    • Unweighted

Course Length: 2 years

Progression to: A significant number of students go on to take English Language or English Literature at A level and to study English at degree level. This opens the door to many careers such as journalism, law, teaching, business management and public relations

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • After school intervention
  • Off-site study opportunities
  • News Report

Trips

  • Theatre trips
  • Off-site trips (galleries, libraries)

Course title: WJEC English Literature

Course Overview: The new GCSE English Literature offers students the opportunity to read, analyse and evaluate a wide range of texts including poetry, prose and drama. Key areas of development are:

  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of a range of texts;
  • Personal response to poetry, prose and drama texts;
  • Analysis of language and effect.

Key Areas Of Study

  • Poetry from 1789 to the present day;
  • Post 1914 prose/drama;
  • 19th century prose;
  • poetry from the 20th and 21st century.

Assessment: The course is completely assessed by two external exams as follows:

  • Component 1
    • Section A
    • Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet): one extract question and one essay question
    • Section B
    • Poetry from 1780 to the present day (WJEC Poetry Anthology): two questions, one of which involves comparison
    • 2 hours 40%
  • Component 2
    • Section A
    • Post 1914 prose/drama (Lord of the Flies or Blood Brothers): one course based question
    • Section B
    • 19th century prose (A Christmas Carol): one source based question
    • Section C
    • Unseen poetry from the 20th and 21st century: two questions on unseen poems, one of which involves comparison
    • 2 hours 30 mins 60%

Course Length: 2 years

Progression to: A significant number of students go on to take English Literature at A level and to study at degree level. Any career for which an Arts based degree is required should be considered, including teaching, journalism, law and also further academic study

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • After school intervention
  • Off-site study opportunities

Trips

  • Theatre trips
  • Off-site trips (galleries, exhibitions)
  • Poetry readings

Key Stage 5

Course title: AQA English Language A level

Course Overview: The A-level English Language specification offers opportunities for students to develop their subject expertise by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses. Students will create texts and reflect critically on their own processes of production, while analysing the texts produced by others. The specification explores the study of English Language both as a medium of communication and as a topic in its own right, with an emphasis on the ability of students to pursue lines of enquiry, debate different views and work independently to research aspects of language in use. Language is seen as a creative tool for expression and social connection, as well as for individual cognition. The study of language as a symbolic system used to assert power in society is also fundamental to the scope of this specification.

Key Areas Of Study

  • Textual variations and representations;
  • Children´s language development;
  • Language diversity and change;
  • Language discourses;
  • Writing skills;
  • Language investigation;
  • Original writing

Assessment: The course is assessed by two external exams and one piece of non-exam assessment as follows:

  • Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society
    • Section A
    • Textual Variations and Representations
    • Two texts (one contemporary and one older text) linked by topic or theme
    • A question requiring analysis of one text
    • A question requiring analysis of a second text
    • A question requiring comparison of the two texts
    • Section B
    • Children´s Language Development
    • A discursive essay on children´s language development with a choice of two questions where the data provided will focus on spoken, written or multimodal language
    • 2 hours 30 mins 40%
  • Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change
    • Section A
    • Diversity and Change
    • Either an evaluative essay on language diversity
    • OR an evaluative essay on language change
    • Section B
    • Language Discourses
    • Two texts about a topic linked to the study of diversity and change
    • A question requiring analysis of how the texts use language to present ideas, attitudes and opinions
    • A directed writing task linked to the same topic and the ideas in the texts
    • 2hours 30 mins 40
  • Non-exam assessment: Language in Action
  • Students produce:
    • a language investigation (2000 words excluding data)
    • a piece of original writing and commentary (1500 words in total) 20%

Course Length: 2 years

Progression to: This is a rigorous academic qualification which is accepted by all universities when assessing suitability for a degree course. Students go on to a wide variety of careers including business, public relations, teaching, senior management and further academic study.

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Master Class opportunities

Trips

  • Trips to language related events

Course title: AQA English Literature B A level

Course Overview: This coherent specification has a distinct philosophy which centres on different ways of reading and on the connections which exist between texts. Study of texts, within the chosen literary and cultural genres, in the examined topic areas is enhanced by the study of critical theory in the non-exam assessment. In this way, students can gain a solid understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways so that students can arrive at their own interpretations and become confident autonomous readers. Students are then not only equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for both exams and non-exam assessment, but also experience a rich, challenging and coherent approach to English literature that provides an excellent basis for studying the subject at university.

Key Areas Of Study

  • Othello;
  • Richard II;
  • The Great Gatsby;
  • The Kite Runner;
  • Songs of Innocence and Experience;
  • The Handmaid´s Tale.

Assessment: The course is assessed by two external exams and one piece of non-exam assessment as follows:

  • Paper 1: Literary Genres (aspects of tragedy)
    • Section A
    • One passage based question on set Shakespeare text
    • Section B
    • One essay question on set Shakespeare text
    • Section C
    • One essay question linking two texts
    • 2hours 30mins 40%
  • Paper 2: Texts and Genres (elements of political and social protest writing)
    • Section A
    • One compulsory question on an unseen passage
    • Section B
    • One essay question on set text
    • Section C
    • One essay question which connects two texts
    • 3hours 40%
  • Non-exam assessment: Theory and Independence
  • Two essays of 1250-1500 words each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical Anthology 20%

Course Length: 2 years

Progression to: This is a rigorous academic qualification which is accepted by all universities when assessing suitability for a degree course. Students go on to a wide variety of careers including business, public relations, marketing, teaching, senior management and full-time writing.

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Master Class opportunities

Trips

  • Theatre trips
  • Poetry readings

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