English

Subject Info

Our pupils explore English in a media-rich environment that appeals to the 21st century generation. As a department, we strive to develop literacy, e-literacy and their inter-personal communication.

Two billion people in the world communicate in English everyday! It is important to be able to communicate effectively with others, especially in the world of work. English is also important in that it helps with other subjects too. It is invaluable for your future, no matter what it is you want to do. A good command of the spoken and written word will help you every day!

Head of English Mrs N Murray

Junior School English

All pupils study English at Key Stage 3. The department makes use of ICT including multimedia in the delivery of an exciting curriculum. The skills required at GCSE are introduced and developed throughout Key Stage 3.

Year 8 Topics

Autobiographical writing
Speaking and listening
Newspaper feature articles
Poetry
Creative writing
Advertising
Reading a range of novels

Year 8 Assessments

Autobiographical writing
Speaking and listening
Newspaper feature articles
Poetry

Year 9 Topics

Reading drama
Personal writing
Advertising
War literature
Creative writing
Script writing
Reading a range of novels
Functional writing
Shakespeare

Year 9 Assessments

Reading drama
Personal writing
Advertising
War literature

Year 10 Topics

Functional writing
Reading non-fiction texts
Speaking and listening
Creative writing
Shakespeare
Discursive essays
Personal writing
Unseen prose
Spoken language study

Year 10 Assessments

Functional writing
Reading non-fiction texts
Speaking and listening
Creative writing

Senior School English

All pupils study the CCEA GCSE English Language specification which is comprised of four units. CCEA GCSE English Literature is offered to selected English groupings.

English Language Topics

Unit 1: Writing for Purpose and Audience and Reading to Access Non-Fiction and Media Texts
Unit 2: Speaking and Listening
Unit 3: Studying Spoken and Written Language
Unit 4: Personal or Creative Writing and Reading Literary and Non-Fiction Texts

English Language Assessments

Unit 1 - External Written Exam (30%)
Unit 2 - 3 Controlled Assessments (20%)
Unit 3 - 2 Controlled Assessments (20%)
Unit 4 - External Written Exam (30%)

English Literature Topics

Unit 1: The Study of Prose – Novel and Unseen Prose
Unit 2: The Study of Drama and Poetry
Unit 3: The Study of Shakespeare

English Literature Assessments

Unit 1 - External Written Exam (30%)
Unit 2 - External Written Exam (50%)
Unit 3 - Controlled Assessment (20%)