English

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 faculty who genuinely love what we do!

Curriculum Implementation

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:

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

Year 7

Autumn 1: 19th Century Prose Study – Oliver Twist

Autumn 2: 19th Century Prose Study – Oliver Twist

Spring 1: English Language – Paper 2, Section B – The Power of Persuasion

Spring 2: 19th and 20th Century Women’s Literature with a focus on English Language Paper 1 skills

Summer 1: Heroes and Villains in Shakespeare

Summer 2: The Power of Identity: Poetry

Year 8

Autumn 1: 19th Century Gothic Literature:

Autumn 2: Festive Dickens through a study of ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Spring 1: A study of Love and Relationships through Poetry

Spring 2: Reading Skills – in preparation for GCSE English Language

Summer 1: Reading Skills – in preparation for GCSE English Language Summer

Summer 2: An Inspector Calls. J.B Priestley

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

Year 9

Autumn Term 1: Shakespeare – Macbeth

Autumn Term 2: AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1

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

Spring 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

Year 10

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

Year 11

Autumn 1:AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 – Reading Section

Autumn 2:AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 – Writing Section

Spring 1:AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 – Reading Section

Spring 2:AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 – Writing Section

Summer 1:AQA GCSE English Language Revision

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 Department

For further information, please contact the Curriculum Leader for English, Miss S Astley