Department Overview

The Alderbrook English Faculty comprises fifteen teachers, each of whom are committed to developing the teaching of English and raising achievement in our subject. Our superb examination results are a product of a determination to push all pupils to excel. We work together as a faculty to improve all areas of our practice and have a number of staff who specialise in Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Media Studies, Intervention and Enhancement. We are a friendly and supportive department who genuinely love what we do!

 

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 English groups are set by ability based on KS2 data and following our own baseline testing in the first two weeks of Year 7. There are 5 sets on each side of the year group.

Pupils follow a different scheme of work every half term. These schemes of work are designed to best equip pupils for success in the new GCSE Specifications of September 2015:

SOW will comprise: Fiction; Non-Fiction; Shakespeare; Poetry; Issue Based Writing, Modes of Address; Evolution of Language; Responses to Images, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.

 

circle_english1Year 7

Christmas Term 1: Oliver Twist/Pre-19th Century Literature

Christmas Term 2: First World War Poetry

Easter Term 1: The Novel – (Trash/Wonder)

Easter Term 2: Social Issue with a focus on writing to promote a viewpoint

Summer Term 1: Introduction to Shakespeare – Much Ado About Nothing

Summer Term 2: Reading skills – in preparation for GCSE English Language

 

Year 8

Christmas Term 1: Pre 19th Century Gothic Literature

Christmas Term 2: Shakespeare – Macbeth

Easter Term 1: The Novel – Maze Runner/Stone Cold

Easter Term 2: Creative writing – descriptive writing

Summer Term 1: Poetry – Youth Culture

Summer Term 2: Reading and writing skills in preparation for GCSE English Literature

 

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 English groups are set by ability based on KS3 performance. There are 6 sets on each side of the year group. All pupils will be working towards two GCSE’s in English Language and English Literature.

From 2012 – June 2016: GCSE English Language – Cambridge International Exam Board (iGCSE); GCSE English Literature – AQA Examination Board (iGCSE)

For first examinations in June 2017 onwards (100% Examination): GCSE English Language – AQA Examination Board; GCSE English Literature – AQA Examination Board

Some pupils will also complete a GCSE in Media Studies by completing the coursework element (60%) during Year 9, and sitting the examination (AQA Examination Board) in the Summer of Year 10.

 

Year 9

Christmas Term 1: Gothic Horror + Media Assignment 1

Christmas Term 2: Advertising + Media Assignment 2

Easter Term 1: AQA GCSE English Literature – Conflict Poetry Cluster

Easter Term 2: Shakespeare – Macbeth

Summer Term 1: Writing Skills

Summer Term 2: The Published Press + Media Assignment 3

 

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Year 10

Christmas Term 1: iGCSE English Language Coursework (Assignments 1 & 2)

Christmas Term 2: iGCSE English Literature Coursework (Of Mice and Men)

Easter Term 1: iGCSE English Literature Coursework (2nd Text)

Easter Term 2: iGCSE English Language Skills Unit

Summer Term 1: iGCSE English Literature A View From the Bridge / GCSE Media –Exam Prep

Summer Term 2: iGCSE English Literature A View From the Bridge

 

Year 11

Christmas Term 1: iGCSE English Language Coursework (Assignments 1 & 2 – 2nd Options)

Christmas Term 2: iGCSE English Language MOCK prep / iGCSE English Literature Unseen Poetry

Easter Term 1: iGCSE English Literature MOCK Prep / iGCSE Speaking and Listening

Easter Term 2: iGCSE English Language Coursework (Assignment 3)

Summer Term 1: iGCSE English Language and Literature – EXAM PREPARATION

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Recent Theatre Trips have included: RSC – Shakespeare; War Horse, Private Peaceful, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, The Woman in Black, Matilda, The Globe

Extra-Curricular Opportunities have included: “Beat Freeks” Poetry Workshops, Youth Speaks, Solihull Public Speaking Competition, Spelling Bee, Year 7 Short Story Competition, Really Broad Reading Award, Heartbreak Theatre Company, Year 7 Summer School

 

Skills for Success and Career Opportunities

Directly related: Journalist, technical writer, editor, author, lecturer and teacher.

Further afield: Public relations specialist, lawyer, sales, stockbroker, brand manager and advertising.

Other qualities and key skills that can be gained from studying English:  Critical Thinking, Confidence & Emotional Intelligence

 

Contact the Head of Faculty

For further information, please contact Mr T. Stent

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