Welcome to the English Department


Teaching Staff: Mrs A Jardine (HoD), Mrs W Gilbert, Miss J Nelson, Mrs J Graham, Mrs D Beck, Miss K Reilly

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OVERVIEW

The English Department aims to encourage pupils to:
  • Demonstrate skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in order to communicate confidently, precisely and appropriately.
  • Express themselves creatively and imaginatively.
  • Explore a variety of texts in order to become more aware of values, attitudes and beliefs and how these affect identity and culture.
  • Become critical readers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama.
  • Become aware of the power of effective communication.

Within English lessons, we endeavour to enthuse and encourage pupils to read widely, to discuss, to explore, to write, to question and to think independently. Classrooms are busy, lively places where pupils participate in discussion, debate, drama and a wide variety of reading and writing activities. Our aim is to encourage pupils through Literature to become readers, thinkers and participants in their own journey towards understanding the complexity and diversity of the world in which they live.

Studying English helps to develop a wide range of skills that are valuable to employers including: how to argue a point, how to think independently, to write and speak well, to write reports, to present information effectively and to work as part of a team.

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN YEAR 8?

Topic 1: Fiction and Novel
Topic 2: Non-Fiction Genre
Topic 3: Poetry
Topic 4: Drama Scripts
Topic 5: Narrative Structure

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN YEAR 9?

Topic 1: Creating Characters
Topic 2: Persuasive Texts
Topic 3: Narrative Poetry
Topic 4: Print Media
Topic 5: Recounts

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN YEAR 10?

Topic 1: Travel Writing / Personal Writing
Topic 2: Reading in Depth - Fiction
Topic 3: Story Writing
Topic 4: Poetry
Topic 5: Reading in Depth - Non-Fiction
Topic 6: Shakespeare / Novel

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