English

Introduction

Language is the principle means by which we think, define what we experience and feel and interpret the world in which we live; and the principal means by which we communicate with other people.  The development of skills in  English, therefore, prepares our students for not only for success in examinations but for life beyond school.  The team of teachers within the English Department feel passionately about the significance of the subject and work hard to go that extra mile to help students achieve.

Subject Team

Mrs Boote Miss Rowe Miss Williams Miss Jones
Director of English Director of Literacy  Deputy Head of English KS3 Co-ordinator
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Miss Morgan Miss Lee Mrs Porretta Mrs Lund Miss Malnati
Literacy Co-ordinator Essential Skills Co-ordinator
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Miss Fenton Miss Hook Mrs Wynne
Assistant Headteacher Head of Llys Llywelyn
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Key Stage 3

In KS3 students have 6 hours of English lessons over a fortnight. All students produce termly extended pieces of work for their assessment folders covering the skills of Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening.  This work will be marked with a national curriculum level. All assessed pieces of work are awarded a level, an effort grade (A – D) and a specified individual target focusing on how to progress further. .  The level allows all students to track their progression whilst the effort grade relays to the student how pleased their teacher is with their efforts.  The target set for each student is also transferred into exercise books, so that focus on identified areas can be on-going.

Key Stage 4

In KS4 students have 8 hours of English lessons timetabled over a fortnight. During these lessons they will cover the GCSE English Language and the GCSE English Literature WJEC syllabus.

The subject content of English Language is divided into three specific skills:

Reading

Students are required to show evidence of sustained reading of various kinds. Students will read variety of fiction and non-fiction literary material (E.g. newspapers, brochures, reports and advertisements). Students will learn to read for different purposes and to respond in different ways.

Writing

Students will be taught a variety of writing styles. They will need to consider how to engage and entertain their reader and show an understanding of purpose, form and style.

Speaking and Listening

Students will be required to explore ideas, texts and issues in scripted and improvised work. They will need to reflect and comment critically on their own and other’s use of language and participate in a range of real life contexts, adapting talk appropriately to situation and audience.

Approach

It is vital students develop a more mature approach to independent study than was required in KS3. In order to fulfil controlled assessment criteria set by the examinations board they will need to research and plan independently and come to lessons fully prepared.

The nature of controlled assessment means that students are being assessed on their English Literature skills from the moment they begin the course in Year 10. Therefore, a dedicated and committed attitude is vital if students are to reach their full potential.

Key Stage 5

We offer English Literature at A Level and follow the WJEC syllabus.

The As English Literature course begins with a brief induction where pupils are given their copy of ‘A Guide to English A’ Level’. This handbook provides information regarding the course; providing an outline of the texts studied and an overview of the ways in which the students are assessed. The handbook aims to prepare students for the challenges of A’ Level, and is a supportive resource they are expected to make use of throughout the As and A2 course.

The course is divided between coursework modules (40%) and examination modules(60%) and we aim to offer a balance between studying prescribed texts set by the examination board and texts chosen by the students from an extensive  list.