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 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.
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
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
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
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