CJP 3662 3

English

English

Staff

The English department staff are a vibrant and committed team of teachers.  Several work for leading exam boards and there is a wealth of experience in the team.

Extra-curricular activities

These include theatre visits, creative writing club and preparation for the national “Poetry By Heart” competition.  We also invite visiting speakers in such as “The Dreadlocked Alien.”

We run revision sessions after school and in the holidays for key stage 4 pupils and all pupils in key stage 3 benefit from an extra literacy lesson a week.

Key stage 4 pupils receive 5 periods a week of English and key stage 3 receive 4 periods of English plus one literacy session.  Pupils in all year groups access literacy and silent reading sessions during form time.

Departmental aims:
  • To encourage a lifelong love of reading through introducing pupils to a variety of texts and genres, from different ages and cultures.
  • To develop as a confident, stylish and accurate writer.
  • To learn how to communicate effectively with others, through speaking and listening activities.

Pupils will develop their reading skills through exploring a range of texts from Superheroes in year 7 to Shakespeare in year 9.

All pupils will study a range of different written texts and genres from poetry to travel writing, speeches to obituaries.  They will also get the opportunity to try and use those texts as style models and create new and original texts themselves.

Pupils will work in groups and learn to communicate effectively with others, through developing their speaking and listening skills. 

 

This year we are excited to launch our new resources that have been developed to match the requirements of the new National Curriculum. We have offered an increased level of challenge by exposing our students to some of the texts that they will study at KS4, including Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Macbeth and Blood Brothers. As well as studying these set texts, your child will look at three Shakespeare plays in full depth across KS3 to ensure that maximum success is obtained at KS4. They will also cover a range of poetry and extracts from 19th - 21st century. In addition to this, your child will be provided with ample opportunity to create a range of written texts representing both fiction and non-fiction writing. Many of the fiction and non-fiction texts that your child will study will also be the stimulus for the challenging extended writing that they will be expected to complete.