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English

English forms an important base for all learning throughout the school and is vital for empowering students both in school and their future lives. The English Department at Ercall Wood Technology College is based on a love of English and is made up of a team who are passionate about teaching and their subject.  The team is an experienced and well-respected one that endeavours to make learning interesting and rewarding through a diverse range of experiences and activities in English Language and English Literature. The department is constantly looking to update and revitalise what is taught to students so that it is current, relevant and interesting for students. We also regularly explore different methods of teaching and delivery, so that students find English accessible, challenging and rewarding.

Department Facilities: The department is housed on the second floor of our new college, with excellent ICT facilities available to each classroom. All rooms feature the large interactive HD boards seen throughout the school and these are used to support exciting lesson delivery. We also have a quiet study area at the heart of the department, where students can work in small groups during or after lesson times. The library is situated next door to the English Department.

 

Department Staff:

Miss S Morris (Head of Department)

Mrs  R Bridgman (2nd in Department)

Mr B Singh (Senior Lead Teacher for Pedagogy and Practice)

Ms  L Mannion

Miss  L Dixon 

Miss  Z Arif

Mrs L Hughes

Mr A Di Cesare

Mr I Breeze

The Curriculum

All students receive six hours of English across the course of the two-week timetable. The curriculum is reviewed regularly to ensure that it matches the needs of our students; the recent changes to the English Language and Literature GCSE specifications have required us to adapt our KS3 curriculum to ensure that students are fully prepared for the rigours of the new GCSEs. For this reason, our KS3 curriculum continues to be developed.

The English curriculum is being developed so that pupils will begin their first term in Year 7 with a transition unit of work whilst they settle into school life. This preliminary unit will also assist with the process of determining which set best suits each student. Students are taught in sets in every year group. Formative assessments take place on a regular basis to ensure that all pupils are making progress and to enable appropriate target setting. Setting is reviewed on a half-termly basis. All students in Years 10 and 11 study GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. These are taught as separate subjects and students currently have a different teacher for each.

The GCSE examinations are awarded based on 100% examination. The work is divided carefully across Year 10 and Year 11 in order to allow at least a full term of revision at the end of Year 11 for the examinations. Students study a range of texts, including a 19th Century texts, a modern play, Shakespeare and an anthology of poetry. Spoken Language is also covered in the new curriculum, though whilst it is assessed formally, it does not contribute to the final Language or Literature grades and is instead reported separately.

In an effort to ensure that students are prepared for the challenges presented by the new GCSE specifications, our schemes of work in years 7, 8 and 9 teach and develop the skills assessed by the end of year 11. Below is our current curriculum provision however, this is subject to change and will be updated regularly.

YEAR 7

Autumn 1 

Novel: ‘The Black Book of Secrets’ or ‘The Witches’

Focus: To introduce/develop students’ understanding of a variety of literary features and develop their analytical skills.   

Autumn 2
Creative Writing: The Gothic Genre

Focus: To introduce/develop students’ use of a variety of creative writing skills in line with the requirements for Language Component 1.

Spring 1
Poetry: An Introduction to…

Focus: To introduce/develop students’ understanding of a variety of different styles of poetry and poetic features.

Spring 2
Non-Fiction Writing: Exhibitions and Zoos

Focus: To introduce/develop students’ use of transactional writing skills in line with the requirements for Language Component 2.

Summer 1
Shakespeare: An Introduction to…

Focus: To introduce/develop students’ understanding of the different works of Shakespeare and the world in which he was writing.

Summer 2

Non-Fiction Language: Experiences of Childhood

Focus: To introduce/develop students’ use of analytical skills in line with the requirements for Language Component 2.

Year 8

Autumn 1
Novel: ‘Holes’, ‘Scarper Jack’ or ‘Stone Cold’

Focus: To develop literature and language analytical skills, building on the progress made in year 7.

Autumn 2
Non-Fiction Language: Survival!

Focus: To develop students’ analytical skills in line with the requirements for Language Component 2, building on the progress made in year 7.

Spring 1
Shakespeare: Macbeth

Focus: To develop an understanding of the message behind the play and an appreciation for the context, building on the progress made in year 7.

Spring 2

Non-Fiction Writing: Crime and Punishment

Focus:To developing students’ transactional writing skills in line with the requirements for Language Component 2, building on the progress made in year 7.

Summer 1
Poetry: Different Cultures

Focus:  To develop an understanding of how poets use language to create meaning and explore a variety of different cultures, building on the progress made in year 7.

Summer 2
Creative Writing: Narratives

Focus: To develop students’ creative writing skills in line with the requirements for Language Component 1, building on the progress made in year 7.

Year 9

Autumn Term

English Language

Novel with a Focus on Language Skills: ‘Stone Cold’ (For 2017-18 only)

Focus:To developing students analytical skills in line with the requirements for Language Component 1, building on the progress made in year 8.

English Literature

Poetry: War Poetry

Focus: To develop an understanding of a selection of war poetry and the context in which it was produced, building on the progress made in year 8.

Spring Term

English Language

Creative Writing: Creative and Transactional Writing Skills

Focus: To develop students’ use of creative and transactional writing skills to produce a variety of different text types, building on the progress made in year 8.

English Literature

Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

Focus: To develop an understanding of the message behind the play and an appreciation for the context, building on the progress made in year 8.

Summer Term

English Language

Spoken Language: Delivering a presentation

Focus: To develop students’ public speaking skills, building on the progress made in year 8.

English Literature

Novel: A selection of extracts from 19th Century texts

Focus: To develop students’ understanding of 19th century language in preparation for their study of ‘A Christmas Carol’, building on the progress made in year 8.

Year 10

Autumn Term

English Language

English Language Paper 1 Section A: 20th Century Literature Reading

Focus: To develop students’ analytical skills in order to be able to successfully answer examination style questions.

English Literature

Play: An Inspector Calls

Focus: To develop students’ analytical skills in order to understand the play including its key characters, themes and structure.

Spring Term

English Language

English Language Paper 1 Section B and English Language Paper 2 Section B: Creative and Transactional Writing

Focus: To develop students’ creative and transactional writing skills in order to be able to produce successful descriptive and non-fictional texts.

English Literature

Poetry: Poems from the Anthology and Unseen Poetry Analysis

Focus: To develop students’ analytical skills in order to understand the messages, themes and poetic techniques in each poem from the anthology.

Summer Term

English Language

English Language Paper 2 Section A: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading

Focus: To develop students’ analytical skills in order to be able to successfully answer examination style questions.

English Literature

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Focus: To develop students’ analytical skills in order to understand the play including its key characters, themes and structure.
 

Year 11

Autumn Term

English Language

English Language Paper 1 Section A and English Language Paper 2 Section A: Revision of 20th Century Creative Reading and 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading

Focus: To revisit and secure understanding of the skills needed to answer section A of both language papers.

English Literature

Novel: A Christmas Carol

Focus: To develop students’ analytical skills in order to understand the novella including its key characters, themes and structure.

Spring Term

English Language

English Language Paper 1 Section B and English Language Paper 2 Section B: Revision of creative and transactional writing skills

Focus: To revisit and secure understanding of the skills needed to answer section B of both language papers.

English Literature

Poetry, Romeo and Juliet and An Inspector Calls: Revision

Focus: To revisit and secure understanding of the skills needed to answer examination questions on each of the set texts.

Homework: The English team views homework as a valuable way to further the understanding of work covered by students in lessons. With this in mind, homework is set on a regular basis so that it supports what students are studying in the specific moment. Teachers are responsible for setting personalised and focused homework to best meet the requirements of their classes and this is usually set once every two weeks.

Additional information: Pupils have the opportunity to enrich their experience of English further through extra-curricular activities and visits. The department regularly runs trips to the theatre. We also participate in local and national literary competitions and we are looking to develop the skill of public speaking outside of the classroom. All pupils are encouraged to read widely and in year 11, students are offered a wide range of revision sessions to attend to help further their learning.

GCSE Specification Information:

http://eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-language/gcse/

http://eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-literature/gcse/