English

Introduction

In the English Department, we aim to provide students with an inspirational, rigorous and personalised curriculum which develops their written and spoken literacy whilst also instilling in them a genuine love of literature. We create a safe and stimulating learning environment, encouraging students to be independent in their learning. We teach skills which can be usefully transferred to other subjects and also life skills which empower them in future study and work. The study of English is not only limited to texts and books but gives us all skills that are essential in order to access to the world around us. Being able to form opinions, understand political movements or ideas, having confidence to critically engage with society and listening to a diverse range of perspectives and attitudes all underpin the study of English at all stages and levels at Loxford.

The Loxford English Department have had close links with the Prince’s Teaching Institute and have been awarded the PTI mark in recognition of the diverse, enriching and extensive curriculum we offer to our students.

All students follow the same programme of study, regardless of ability or level and we strongly believe that our responsibility as educators relies on how we allow all of our students to access challenging and rewarding material in English, not by limiting the material we offer. We are very proud of the content we offer and the texts we study and feel that we offer rich opportunities for our students to thrive, succeed and enjoy their English studies.

Our expectations:

We expect students to have an open minded approach to the texts they read both in and outside of the classroom. This includes promoting and supporting students to read for pleasure and feel empowered to read challenging and interesting texts outside of the course content. Additionally, we expect students to take an active interest in the world around us, engaging with discussions which include climate change, the broader political landscape and global concerns. Finding a voice and having confident, well -formed opinions is the key to success not only in the grades students achieve but in becoming future citizens of the world.

At KS3, from Years 7-9, students develop a range of skills in reading and writing, infusing speaking and listening activities to engage with challenging texts, tasks and ideas.

Year Autumn Spring Summer
7 Literature: Character and voice (Poetry)

 

Language: Art Inspired Creative W riting

 

Literature: Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare)

 

Language: Ways of Reading Childhood (Reading Analysis)

Literature: Animal Farm (Novel)

 

Language: The Natural World (Speeches)

8 Literature: Perspectives (Poetry)

 

Language: Writing for Meaning

Literature: Hamlet (Shakespeare)

 

 

Language: 19th Century Extracts (Reading Analysis)

Literature: Lord of the Flies (Novel)

 

Language: Self and Identity (Speeches)

 

9 Literature: Love and Relationships (Poetry)

 

Language: Gothic Creative Writing

 

Literature: Villains (Shakespeare)

 

 

Language: Dystopian Fiction (Reading Analysis)

Literature: Of Mice and Men (Novel)

 

Language: Power and Conflict (Speeches)

KS3 English combines the study of prose, poetry and drama with students encountering a range of texts.  Students are challenged to develop their speaking and listening skills, delivering presentations and participating in discussions. Students develop their ability to read complex texts for meaning and to analyse the writer’s craft. KS3 students also practice writing for a range of purposes with a high level of technical accuracy. We place great value on literacy skills and promote this throughout our provision at KS3.

Every half term, students complete a key piece of work that is marked against focused objectives, in either Literature or Language, building up a folder of six key pieces of work each year. In these assessments, students are encouraged to become more independent and are challenged to develop their own creative opinions and interpretations. These assessments build the skills in preparation for those needed later in the GCSE course and alternate between Literature and Language focus. Although, each unit of work reflects the disciplines needed in both qualifications.

We encourage students to read at home and promote reading as an activity by regularly taking students to our library Additionally, in Years 7 to 9, students will read the following novels as part of a wider reading programme which will help to develop a range of critical skills which will support them in their studies in English.

Year 7- Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone by J K Rowling

Year 8- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Year 9- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

 

At GCSE, all our students study two GCSEs, English language and English literature. Coursework and controlled assessments are no longer undertaken; instead all pupils are assessed via examinations.  This entails reading a wider range of texts from: 19th century fiction, non-fiction and non-literary sources, also including short stories from contemporary writers and plays rich in British culture. Pupils are also given the opportunity to present their views about a topic of interest developing their oracy and confidence for public speaking. Our students’ progress greatly exceeds national expectations from KS2 to GCSE. Students are supported throughout the course by their teachers and are monitored by post-holders in the Department. Revision and intervention classes are run at certain points throughout the year to support students in their learning and their preparation for the examinations in these important qualifications.

KS4 English language GCSE

At KS4, all students will study English Language as part of the compulsory core. The course aims to enhance students’ appreciation and understanding of written texts, simultaneously developing reading and writing skills.

KS4 students study the GCSE from the examination board AQA. This is an entirely linear course so contains no coursework or controlled assessment components. The final two examinations will require students to analyse and compare fiction, literary non-fiction and non-fiction texts as well as test their writing skills in a range of contexts

KS4 English literature GCSE

At KS4, all students will study English Literature as part of the compulsory core. The course aims to foster an enjoyment of reading as well as develop students’ written response to a range of texts.

Our students will also use the AQA examination board for their GCSE in English Literature. As with the Language course, they will undertake two Literature examinations at the end of their course. Again, they will not undertake any coursework assignments. Students will study three set texts (Macbeth by William Shakespeare, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens or Jekyll and Hyde by R.L Stevenson and An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley) alongside the ‘Power and Conflict’ poetry anthology from AQA.

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 80% grades 9-4 in English Language and 86% grades 9-4 in English Literature.