English

Year 7 and 8

Key Stage 3 English is taught in Year 7 and Year 8. Work builds on the students’ existing knowledge and skills, developing increasingly sophisticated reading and analytical skills through the experience of studying a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts as well as developing creativity, appropriateness to context, and rigour in technical accuracy in writing. Years 7 and Years 8 are seen as the beginning of a continuous learning journey through to GCSE and, where appropriate, A level study, with the increased demands of the new GCSE (for first examination in 2017) in mind.
In Year 7, students study units on persuasion and rhetoric, non-fiction writing, reading non-fiction, poetry analysis, descriptive and narrative writing, and transactional writing, as well as reading a novel. All Year 7 students have one hour a week improving literacy skills, with a focus on developing strong writing skills which will stand them in good stead for their study in all subjects and for life.
In Year 8, students study units on analysing and writing narratives, writing engaging articles, non-literary reading, analysing poetry (contemporary and nineteenth-century), writing reviews, constructing and developing an argument and studying a Shakespeare play. Literacy lessons continue for students who require more extended support from Year 7.
The Accelerated Reader programme runs in Year 7 and Year 8, and students are encouraged to read widely and take quizzes regularly, some of which is done in class but there is also an expectation that students will do this in their own time. Certificates and prizes are awarded to students who demonstrate particular commitment to reading.
You can find more resources by following the links:

Accelerated Reader Web Site

BBC Bitesize Web Site

Year 9, 10 and 11

GCSE English Language and GCSE English LiteratureWJEC

The study of GCSE English Language and English Literature begins in Year 9 and is completed at the end of Year 11.

Students who are currently in years 9, 10 and 11 are following specifications in the new GCSE for English Language and English Literature and these are 100% examined qualifications. In English Language, their learning focuses on developing the skills for two exam components. The reading elements require them to read and answer questions on twentieth-century fiction and nineteenth and twenty-first century non-fiction writing. The writing tasks include narrative and transactional writing. For the English Literature specification, students will read and analyse ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J B Priestley. They will also be tested in their understanding of prepared and unseen poetry.

Results
2016 results (Language):
A*-C – 89%
3 levels of progress – 90%
4 levels of progress – 54%

You can find more details by following the links:
WJEC Qualifications In England Web Site

GCSE Media Studies
Students work towards an examination in this subject based on pre-release material from a given media platform. At the same time, they work towards a piece of coursework with three cross-media assignments. Students have studied a range of media forms including sitcom, magazine, film, TV news and music video

Post-16

A level English Language and LiteratureAQA

Students who are currently studying AS and A Level English Language and Literature are following the new specifications and sit two exam papers. They will answer questions on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood, an AQA anthology of writing about Paris, ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini and William Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’. Students will sit an AS qualification in the first year but are then re-examined on the AS level material for the full A level, should they progress to the final year.

Results
A*- B 43%

You can find more resources by following the links:
Text from Different Perpectives Web Site

A level English LiteratureAQA

In English Literature, students in Year 12 are studying the new specification. Their work is based on the set texts ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare, ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ by Thomas Hardy and ‘Death of a Salesman’ by Arthur Miller. They will also focus on elements of political writing in the following texts: ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’ by William Blake, Margret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini.
Students will sit an AS qualification in the first year but are then re-examined on the AS level material for the full A level, should students progress to the final year.

Results
100% pass rate

You can find more resources by following the links:
Text from Different Perpectives Web Site

A level English LanguageAQA

Currently, AS and A Level students are being taught how to analyse and compare unseen texts. As they move to the full A Level, these will include texts from different periods. They are also studying the diversity of language, including how language changes according to occupation, region, gender and ethnicity.
Students will sit an AS qualification in the first year but are then re-examined on the AS level material for the full A level, should students progress to the final year.

Students will sit an AS qualification in the first year but are then re-examined on the AS level material for the full A level, should students progress to the final year.

Results
A*-B 57%

You can find more resources by following the links:
The British Library
Andrew Moore’s Teaching Resource Web Site

A level Media StudiesAQA

At AS, candidates in the current Year 12 are investigating the media in order to understand and evaluate how meanings and responses are created. The contemporary media landscape and its changing contexts are studied in terms of products, platforms and technologies.

At A2, students study and apply critical perspectives to a range of media platforms and texts, and the coursework unit encourages them to be independent in analysing and researching a chosen platform and in creating related media products.

Results
B/C 100%

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