Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)
In English classes, students are engaged using a variety of creative methods including media, role-play, speech making, debate, film making, visiting literary performers and excursions. Students learn to understand and hone their skills in writing according to purpose, whether their task is report writing, narrative, argument, description, entertainment or literary critique. Students are encouraged to grow through an appreciation of rich and influential literature, guided to develop as critical readers of poetry, prose and drama and, in turn, build their cultural understanding and knowledge of the world around them.
Following the National Curriculum in England (July 2014) Network encourages pride and excellence in all four English curriculum areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The overall objective is to employ a combination of language skills and engagement with literature that will enable students to confidently make links and communicate with the world in creative and productive ways.
Alongside our content rich schemes of work, we also provide a diverse extra-curricular program including regular internal and external creative writing competitions, Debate Club, The Film Review Collective. Weekly reading and spelling logs also supplement the work we do during lessons to ensure students meet their full potential in English.
The English Department also works closely with the English as a Second Language support team, ensuring students are able to participate in all subjects as soon as is practical after enrolling. This upholds our policy of ‘First Language English’ in teaching and learning.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)
IGCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Cambridge IGCSE First Language English is designed for learners whose first language is English. Cambridge IGCSE First Language English learners develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. They learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.
Learners are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used. Cambridge IGCSE First Language English also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.
IGCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE
Cambridge IGCSE English Literature enables learners to read, interpret and evaluate texts through the study of literature in English. Learners develop an understanding of literal meaning, relevant contexts and of the deeper themes or attitudes that may be expressed. Through their studies, they learn to recognise and appreciate the ways in which writers use English to achieve a range of effects, and will be able to present an informed, personal response to the material they have studied.
The syllabus also encourages the exploration of wider and universal issues, promoting learners' better understanding of themselves and of the world around them.
IGCSE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language is designed for learners who already have a working knowledge of the language and who want to consolidate their understanding in order to progress in their academic or professional career. The qualification reflects the widespread use of English in education and commerce, and also in entertainment.
The aim is to achieve a level of practical communication ideal for everyday use, which can also form the basis for further, more in-depth language study. In Syllabus 0510, marks for the oral component do not contribute to the overall grade candidates receive for the written components. A count-in oral component is offered in Syllabus 0511.
Long Term Plans
The long term plans set out the programmes of study for the whole academic year and enables parents to see the topics being studied term by term.