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.
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
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 5 sets on each side of the year group. Within Year 10 English Literature is examined at the end of the year, whilst English Language is examined separately at the end of Year 11.
For first examinations in June 2017 onwards (100% Examination):GCSE English Language – AQA Examination Board; GCSE English Literature – AQA Examination Board
Autumn Term 1: Shakespeare – Macbeth
Autumn Term 2: AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1
Easter Term 1: AQA GCSE English Literature – Conflict Poetry Cluster
Easter Term 2: AQA GCSE English Literature – Unseen Poetry
Summer Term 1: AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1
Summer Term 2: AQA GCSE English Literature – An Inspector Calls
Autumn Term 1: AQA GCSE English Literature – An Inspector Calls
Autumn Term 2: AQA GCSE English Literature – Conflict Poetry Cluster/Unseen Poetry
Easter Term 1: AQA GCSE English Literature – Jekyll and Hyde
Easter Term 2: AQA GCSE English Literature – Macbeth
Summer Term 1: AQA GCSE English Literature Revision Unit
Summer Term 2: AQA GCSE English Language – Creative Writing/Spoken Language Unit
Christmas Term 1: AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 – Reading Section
Christmas Term 2: AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 – Writing Section
Easter Term 1: AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 – Reading Section
Easter Term 2: AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 – Writing Section
Summer Term 1: AQA GCSE English Language Revision
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