Overview of the Department:
Welcome to ‘The English and Drama Department’. We wish to provide students, staff and parents the experience of being part of an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding department. For this to occur, we encourage a positive, working relationship between staff, students and parents. Students are challenged daily by being provided with an engaging, relevant and enriching curriculum; encouraging them to take pride in their work and accomplishments in the subject.
To help prepare ALL our students, we have embedded elements of Reading, Writing and opportunities to develop oracy and communication skills, into the Key Stage 3 curriculum throughout the year. We believe that these elements are of equal importance for their success, not only as English students, but also as a member of the wider community.
Students will develop an understanding of writing for a range of audiences and purposes; encouraged to use their imagination and creativitry to do so. They will also have the opportunity to study a range of texts (novels, poetry and drama) across a range of eras (with a particular focus on 19th to 21st century tests) which will link to a particular theme:
Year 7: Mystery and adventure
Year 8: War
Year 9: Journeys
At the end of KS3, ALL students will have the opportunity to learn the basic principles of drama through the study of dramatic test; something which will help them develop a deeper understanding of the texts they are studying. They will also gain experience of Drama as a discreet subject, engaging with lessons on a weekly basis for a term on a ratation basis
Key Stage Four: GCSE
All students have the opportunity to gain a GCSE in English Language and English Literature, assessed through four terminal examinations at the end of Year 11. Formative assessments will take place at the end of each unity of study, using the GCSE grading and marking criteria outlined by AQA.
The English Literature GCSE will encourage students to read a wide range of classic literature fluently with the assessment of:
- a 19th Centure novel (either Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde or A Chistmas Carol
- A Shakespeare play (either Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet)
- A selection of poetry since 1789 including poems relating to the theme of 'Power and Conflict'
- British fiction or drama from 1914 onwards (An Inspector Calls)
The English Language GCSE will encourage students to read a greater range of high quality, challenging fiction and non-fiction tests from a range of genres (comprising of 19th, 20th and 21st centure texts). Students will explore language, structure and writers' perspectives, as well as having the opportunity to write creatively within a range of contexts, including narrative and writing to present a view point.
Speaking and Listening:
Speaking and Listening will be assessed through endorsement. Students will devise and present to the class on a topic of their choice and respond to questions within a discussion based context.
To help provide your child with the support they deserve, close monitoring of their work and progress will occur across all key stages. This will take place in two ways. Firstly, there will be continual, formative marking occurring within class books. Students will be given the opportunity to reflect upon their teacher’s marking at regular intervals through Feedback, action, response (FAR); enabling their ongoing progression. Secondly, there will be summative assessments half-termly on the topic of study. The marks from these levels will go towards their CPL data available for you to view and monitor.
If you wish to discuss your child’s progress, or indeed anything surrounding the English Department, please do not hesitate to contact myself or another member of the department.
Mrs D. Ellis (MA)
Head of English and Drama