Remote Learning Curriculum Adjustments
Below are the changes we have made to the English curriculum to suit student need during home-learning:
Year 10: We have moved the Speaking and Listening component from Term 4/ 5 to Term 3 (instead of Romeo and Juliet) as we thought it would be better to introduce their Shakespeare module once they are all back in school (as it is one of the most complicated GCSE texts they study and thought it would be better suited to in school teaching). We felt the Speaking and Listening module lends itself much better to independent learning and encouraging remote learning engagement (students are able to create a speech on a topic of their choice that interests them). It worked really well for year 10 last year when they were in lockdown and we had high levels of engagement/ submission of work, so we felt it was the best option for our year 10 in the current circumstances.
Year 9: Would be learning The Crucible in school this term. The play is a challenging one and I have been unable to find any appropriate/ full versions of the text online. We have therefore made the decision to postpone the learning to Term 4 and are instead focusing on Reading/Writing skills in fiction and non-fiction unseen texts in Term 3 instead of Term 4 (we have essentially swapped the modules around).
Year 7: Would usually study Dystopian fiction with a heavy focus on writing skills/ creative writing. We could not find any appropriate dystopian modules/ texts on Oak National, so have instead used the Canterbury Tales module (which links to their learning on Heroes and Villains from last term and will connect with their learning in their Term 5 module as well). We have interspersed this with creative writing lessons to maintain the heavy focus we would have had on writing skills in Term 3. They are essentially learning the same skills as they would be in the Dystopian module, except they are looking at a different genre of text.
Year 8 and 11 are following the curriculum as they would be in school.
In the English department, we endeavour to build on the prior learning of our students and develop the reading, writing and collaborative skills they would have obtained in primary school. Our approach is founded on a positive reading ethos and the development of literacy skills which forms the foundation of everything we do. Through a rich and varied curriculum that encourages students to explore the history of literature, we develop our students’ transferable skills, equipping them with analytical and evaluative skills that are valuable for future employment. We value SMSC and will cover a range of moral and ethical topics within our curriculum, evolving our students understanding of themselves and the world around them. Through this, we aim to build resilience and encourage our learners to be ambitious and aspirational in all that they do.
Students sit both their literature and language GCSE through the exam board AQA. (English Language 8700, English Literature 8702), at A level it is AQA English Literature and Language 7702.
Students at GCSE study the following texts:
-An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley
-Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
-Power and Conflict AQA poetry anthology
-A Christmas Carol OR Jekyll and Hyde OR The Sign of the Four.
As well as English Language and Literature we also deliver Drama and Media Studies, for more information please click on the side tabs.
The English department have a range of reading textbooks for all ages. This varies from classics, modern fiction, non-fiction, poetry- all covering a wide range of topics for the students to both obtain a varied diet of texts and literature and also develop their own interests in reading. The department strongly promote reading for pleasure, so always have relevant and engaging books at hand to recommend and share with the students.
The English department consists of several large and spacious classrooms and a dedicated drama studio with lighting rig, and sound system as well as a fully weighted curtains that provide professional stage spacing. There is plenty of space and opportunity for students to develop their English skills in wide variety of learning styles.
The media department has a brand new state of the art media suite containing 26 Apple iMacs and three HD plasma screens. Perfectly suited to all aspects of design the students will undertake, the iMacs host a range of design software, including the full Adobe suite with programmes such as Photoshop, Premiere and Lightroom.
The media suite also has photography facilities such as studio lights and multi-coloured backdrops suitable for photography and more advanced chroma-key green-screen editing.
The English department works closely with the library to ensure there is always something “bookish” for the students to get involved in (author visits, Carnegie awards, big book quizzes, just to name a few). Alongside this, we offer a range of after school clubs, including a creative writing and debate club.
We also have a range of events throughout the year, such as World Book Day, The Spelling Bee and Readathons to encourage a love of reading and literacy throughout the wider school.
We have collaborated with other subjects in the past, such as History and offered school trips to places that have a historical legacy steeped in literature, i.e. Shakespeare’s Globe.
We also offer an opportunity for students to become ‘Literacy Leaders,’ where students can get involved in a whole host of literacy-based activities, promoting literacy around the wider school.
The following websites are recommended as revision tools for our GCSE students:
- -BBC Bitesize
- -Revision World
- -Youtube-Now have a wide range of experienced teachers and examiners offering exam advice.
The skills English literature and language provide have relevance and importance for all career routes (literacy, written and verbal communication, reading and comprehension, etc).
Common career pathways are listed below:
- Advertising and Marketing
- Education (Teaching)
- Publishing / Writing
- Public Relations
- Public Sector (Civil Service / Government)