Departmental Staff
Subject Leader:-                 Mrs L Hyde 
Teachers:-                           Mrs G Moretto
                                             Mrs A Smith
                                             Mrs T Yelland
                                             Mrs S Trupia
                                             Miss A Knowles
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What will a student learn in Key Stage 3, 4 and 5?

Year 7 

The English Department aims to inspire and engage all our students in the arts of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Our goal is to equip them with the skills of communication which are essential if they are to succeed academically and if they are to fully develop their potential in the wider world. We aim to make learning fun and to use literature to develop our students’ understanding of their world.

The transition to secondary school can be difficult for students. To ease this move students attend a ‘taster day’ towards the end of Year 6 when they are introduced to a typical English lesson. They are set a related task to complete over the summer, which should be brought into school at the beginning of their first term. After sharing their work with others, they build on their success through further activities.

Year 8   The students participate in a writing workshop and will have the opportunity to choose a course of study for one half term.  

Year 9     

We begin preparation for GCSE with specifically targeted units of work designed to develop and hone key skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

GCSE     We offer English Language and English Literature.  

We have an enthusiastic and able Sixth Form studying English Literature at A-Level.  We also offer Media Studies and Film Studies at A-Level.

What is involved?
In Year 7 students are taught in a carousel system and from Year 8 they are broadly taught in set groups within bands.  They are assessed regularly to ensure they are achieving their potential and to identify any areas for development.
We also engage the students with competition based around spelling, reading and other key skills.
Why is this subject important today?
English is an essential subject for all academic and vocational routes and for overall personal development.
What skills will students learn / develop and how will they learn?

We believe reading is central to a student’s success in English.  Students are encouraged to read independently, including participating in Accelerated Reader, our on-line personalised reading tool.  We also participate in a Readathon.  We expect students to have a reading book with them at all times.  Students read a novel, a play, short stories and poetry together as a class and study novels in small groups with the teacher as a guide.  Students are taught how to use the Library to develop their research and study skills, as well as their independent learning.

We encourage students to write creatively and accurately.  They will experience writing narratives, scripts, poetry and non-fiction pieces.  They will also learn to improve their writing through planning, drafting and editing their work.  Students are taught spelling and grammar in accordance with the National Literacy Strategy and these lessons are reinforced through homework.
Speaking & Listening  

We enable students to develop their speaking and listening abilities through a variety of activities in class, including group work.  They will be expected to make presentations to their class.  Role play is used to allow children to build empathy and understanding, which particularly appeals to kinaesthetic learners.
Where could the subject lead – career wise?
English is suitable for anything, particularly journalism, marketing, teaching and the media.
Homework in Key Stage 3 is set twice a week, one of which will be a reading homework, in Key Stage 4 at least two hours of homework will be set each week.