English is a vibrant and creative department that strives to develop students’ skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening to ensure every student within the academy can achieve their potential not only in English but in all their subjects. The English team works closely with the SEND department to ensure that the needs of all learners are met. The curriculum has been designed to not only accelerate the progress of learners but to ensure they have high levels of enjoyment and have access to a wealth of different texts and learning experiences.
Key Stage 3
In KS3 students study a range of different texts and themes that develop their literacy skills and their creativity. Students study a range of, both literary heritage and contemporary, poetry, prose and drama in conjunction with studying a vast range of other text types and writing styles whilst developing their ability to understand the world beyond the classroom. Students also have the opportunity to advance their understanding of spoken language whilst increasing their own speaking and listening skill set. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to attend a range of extra-curricular provision and have extended home learning tasks to enhance their progress. Students are assessed on a regular basis and students who are having difficulties in achieving their ambitious targets are given support to ensure they make excellent progress. In Year 9 students follow a ‘bridge’ curriculum to prepare them fully for the demands of their GCSE.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 students currently undertake the WJEC English Language and English Literature courses where a significant proportion of the course is controlled assessments. Tasks range from comparing poetry with a Shakespearean drama to crafting creative writing. Students also have to complete a range of speaking and listening tasks that cover discussing, presenting and role play to ensure that students are articulate and able to speak purposefully for a range of audiences. During the examination students must demonstrate that they can write confidently in different styles , for different audiences and must show their reading and comprehension skills by anwering questions based on given text. For English Literature students must analyse and interpret a range of poetry, prose and drama. Texts include: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Of Mice and Men, An Inspector Calls, Heroes, About a Boy and a complete range of both pre and post 1914 poetry. As in KS3, the department run an extensive range of extra-curricular provision to help enable students to achieve the highest grades possible.
All members of the English team are on hand to help students whenever necessary; support, advice and revision opportunities are gladly given.