English Literature & English Language
The aim of the English Department is to prepare all pupils to sit two GCSEs, AQA English Language and English Literature. All pupils have three English lessons a week, with additional literacy during Form Time and two half hour sessions of Accelerated Reading.
The AQA GCSE specification is assessed through 100% examination and is aimed at developing all pupils’ abilities to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st Century. Additionally, the department also focuses on pupils being able to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a wide range of vocabulary and sentence structures. With this in mind, pupils in year 8/9 follow a modular map that develops the skill requirements for the GCSEs.
For English Literature we have chosen to study ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ or ‘Macbeth’ and a selection of poems from the AQA Anthology. However, pupils who have studied other texts at previous schools can continue to study their chosen texts.
We are also keen to inspire pupils to read for pleasure and we use Accelerated Reading as a means of monitoring individual pupils’ reading ages and progress. These sessions take place twice a week and the books are readily available to all pupils at all times.