English

Welcome to English

During English lessons students get the opportunity to study an eclectic mix of different text types from fictional novels to 19th century articles, always taking into account the individual needs of our students. They will develop their analytical and evaluative skills, as well as their writing skills across the English curriculum.

Staff

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Key Stage 3

The main aim of the KS3 English curriculum is to foster each child’s love and appreciation of our literary heritage and to ensure that all students develop the skills that they will need to meet the demands of the new more rigorous KS4 curriculum. For our students who require that extra support we deliver a separate curriculum in Year 7. The Ruth Miskin Fresh Start programme enables students to catch up to their peers as quickly as possible. For our more gifted students we provide the opportunity to study more challenging texts.

Across KS3 we run a reading programme called Accelerated Reader. Students are expected to read a book, targeted at their reading level, for the first 20 minutes of each English lesson and at home. Students take quizzes on these books which allow teachers to monitor student progress even more closely. We have found this programme to be very successful not only in improving student’s ability in English, but it has created a culture and love of reading across the key stage.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Rebecca Johnson (Head of English) r.johnson@valley.outwood.com

Key Stage 4

Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in English Language

For this qualification students must demonstrate their ability to read and understand a range of fiction and non-fiction texts by analysing and comparing the effect of the writer’s craft on the reader. They must also learn to write in a range of styles, suitable for different purposes and audiences, including letters, speeches, articles, leaflets, reports and reviews.

English Language is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Rebecca Johnson (Head of English) r.johnson@valley.outwood.com

Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in English Literature

For English Literature students must demonstrate their ability to analyse a range of literary texts including a post-1789 poetry anthology, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ by William Shakespeare, ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell.

English Literature is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Rebecca Johnson (Head of English) r.johnson@valley.outwood.com

Key Stage 5

AQA GCE A Level English Language 7701, 7702

AS Content

  • Textual variations and representations
  • Language diversity
  • Writing skills

A Level Content

  • Textual variations and representations
  • Children’s language development
  • Language diversity and change
  • Language discourses
  • Writing skills
  • Language Investigation
  • Original writing

AS English Language is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Miss Rebecca Johnson (Head of English) r.johnson@valley.outwood.com