English opens up your child to the whole curriculum and develops both sides of their brain. Being literate and articulate will help your child be a success throughout their lives.
During Year 7 and 8 pupils study a range of authors through pre-1914 literature as well as contemporary prose, drama and poetry. Pupils learn key skills crucial to ensuring GCSE success, such as being able to make inferences based upon evidence in a text and developing critical comparisons across texts. They produce a variety of written work, including descriptive, persuasive, analytical and comparative. In addition, all Year 7 and 8 pupils enjoy one dedicated Accelerated Reader lesson a week to build upon and develop reading skills.
Lower school pupils are assessed regularly on their skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Assessments take place each half term and both year groups sit an annual exam.
Upper school starts for our pupils at the beginning of year 9. This allows them to maximise potential grades when taking final exams in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Students tackle a range of writing forms, using non-fiction and literary sources as stimuli. They also study post and pre-1900 poetry, a novel and a Shakespeare play. The aim is to prepare pupils for the rigorous demands of Year 10 and 11 courses. All assessments will be based on GCSE exam-style questions.
English GCSE exams will be taken at the end of Year 11. Final grades will be based totally on exam performance. All students study for GCSE Language and GCSE Literature.
Through the study of Language pupils learn to retrieve and interpret data or facts, in increasingly complex material. They learn to communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. In addition, pupils learn how to organise information and ideas, use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures with accurate spelling and punctuation.
Through the study of Literature pupils learn to explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects, using relevant subject terminology to support their views. They must also show awareness of social, historical and cultural influences in analysis.
Further opportunities within English include report writing, the Carnegie Reading Group, writing and editing the school newspaper and creative writing workshops. Theatre trips are also offered to pupils to develop and consolidate their knowledge and understanding of key texts.
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