The English department consists of eight teachers and eight classrooms and a designated Reading Room. We provide a stimulating and welcoming learning partnership between pupil and teacher which places the pupil at the centre of learning activities.
Teachers promote learning through high expectations and through monitoring pupil progress, providing appropriate feedback, assisting with target setting and celebrating success.
The English Departmental schemes of work plan for progression from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4. The study of English Literature at GCSE level allows for progression to A Level English Literature.
Learning and teaching in Key Stage 3 English develops the ability to communicate effectively and equips pupils for the world in which they will live and work.
The study of English as a subject in Key Stage 3 seeks to develop a love of literature in all its forms – prose, poetry and drama. The study of literature in English fosters an appreciation of the writer’s craft and introduces pupils to their rich and varied literary heritage. We seek to develop the desire and the ability to communicate creatively and imaginatively in a variety of literary forms.
Our pupils study Units of Work each year as indicated below
|Year 8||Year 9||Year 10|
(Purpose, Audience, Tone)
|Persuasive Writing and Debating|
Explored Through Fairytales
|Macbeth And Shakespearean Theatre||War Poetry|
|Drama Scripting||Christmas Theme - Explored Through Written Texts||Romeo and Juliet|
|Close Study of Selected Novel||Close Study of Selected Novel||The Short Story|
|Product Launch||Poetry (Imagery - Ballads) and Linked News Report||Close Study of Selected Novel|
|Poetry (Rhyme/Rhythm and Heaney)||
|Study of Spoken Language|
Use of Language And Presentational Devices
At KS4 we offer GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature with CCEA Examination Board.
GCSE English Language
In writing students learn to:
- write clearly and fluently;
- organise ideas
- use a style and language to suit the task and the reader
- use accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation
In reading students learn to
- read and understand a variety of texts
- explain how writers use language and presentation to make meaning
In Speaking and Listening students learn to:
- present information and ideas in a way that suits the audience
- interact with others
- express ideas clearly, accurately and appropriately
- use talk in a range of real-life situations
GCSE English Literature
Pupils study a variety of literary texts:
- drama (including Shakespeare)
- prose (novels and short stories)
Pupils learn to:
- read and understand drama, poetry and prose
- respond to what they read in developed essay type answers
- explain how language and structure in the literature texts carry meaning
- use details from what they read to support opinions
At Key Stage 5 we offer AS and A2 qualifications in English Literature with the CCEA Examination Board
AS level consists of 2 modules –
- Coursework module: Study of Drama (40%) one Shakespeare play and two plays by another dramatist
- External Examination: Study of Poetry Written after 1800 a pair of poets and Study of Prose 1800-1945 (60%) one novel
A2 level consists of 2 modules; each assessed through an external exam and each worth 50% of the A2 course.
- Study of Poetry 1300-1800 and Drama (one poet and two plays)
- Study of Prose – theme based (3 novels)
Skills developed in studying this course:
|Sophisticated Communication Skills||Empathy Skills|
|Time Management and Organisational Skills||
Increased awareness of historical and
social influences on human attitudes and behaviours
As part of our departmental policy we set homework after each lesson.
Homework reinforces classwork and provides teachers with evidence of progress. It gives parents the opportunity to reinforce classroom learning and see the level at which the pupils performing.
Homework tasks include a variety of tasks such as
- extended written work
- research activity
- skills practice worksheets
- preparation for summative assessment tasks
- preparation for Talking and Listening activities.
Homework always includes independent reading and all KS3 pupils are expected to have a library book and engage in 20-30 minutes reading each school evening and to participate in the Accelerated Reading Programme in school.
English teachers play a leading role in developing literacy and providing pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to read, write, speak and listen effectively; however, all teachers in St Genevieve’s contribute to developing effective literacy skills.
Vocabulary and Spelling
We encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own learning of vocabulary and spellings. All Key Stage 3 pupils have a Word Bank at the front of their homework diaries. Every subject uses this book to record vocabulary required in their particular subject area.
Accelerated Reading Programme
All Key Stage 3 pupils are enrolled in the Accelerated Reading Programme which provides an individualised target and allows teachers to monitor and report on reading progress. Senior pupils act as Reading Mentors for some of the younger pupils.
All pupils are encouraged to self-edit written work to improve accuracy across the curriculum.