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.

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Christmas Term 1: Short Stories / Year 7 Writing Competition

Christmas Term 2: Poetry (Modern and Pre 1900)

Easter Term 1: Shakespeare – Much Ado About Nothing

Easter Term 2: Social Issue

Summer Term 1: The Novel (Trash / Wonder)

Summer Term 2: Murder Mystery / Writing Skills / Year 7 Exam

Year 8

Christmas Term 1: Thriller

Christmas Term 2: Poetry (Modern and Pre 1900)

Easter Term 1: Shakespeare – Taming of the Shrew

Easter Term 2: Recreations

Summer Term 1: The Novel

Summer Term 2: Modern Communication

 

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

 

Career Options

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

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

 

Contact the Head of Faculty

For further information, please contact Mr T. Stent

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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