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ENGLISH

Introduction

Welcome to English. Success in English is vital, as it underpins students’ ability to communicate successfully.

In English, our main aim is to enable students to develop a range of skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing so that they become confident in expressing themselves both creatively and imaginatively, gaining an understanding of, and control over, language. The purpose of the English curriculum is to try to instil an enthusiasm for English, whilst developing basic literacy and critical thinking skills.

Effective language and communication skills are essential to prepare people for the adult world beyond school, and we wish to ensure our students have the best possible start in life. The English Department aims to enable students to become lifelong learners and successful citizens. We have very high expectations of our students, both in terms of their achievement and their behaviour.

To support all students in reaching, and exceeding, their targets, we have a rigorous intervention programme which runs alongside English provision. The programme offers small group or one to one support for identified students across Key Stages 3 and 4.


Module A Writing to Argue

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • Using  the theme of ‘Conflict’ to further develop and use students’ knowledge and understanding of reading, writing and speaking and listening skills
  • Studying a variety of text types and genres enabling students to recognise an author’s use of style, technique, and rhetorical devices to enhance meaning.
  • Developing their own ability in writing and speaking and listening to integrate diverse information into a coherent and comprehensive account.
  • Making telling use of descriptive detail.

 

Module B Conflict

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • Using  the theme of ‘Conflict’ to further develop and use students’ knowledge and understanding of reading, writing and speaking and listening skills
  • Studying a variety of text types and genres enabling students to recognise an author’s use of style, technique, and rhetorical devices to enhance meaning.
  • Developing their own ability in writing and speaking and listening to integrate diverse information into a coherent and comprehensive account.
  • Writing creatively, developing detail and considering the effect of writing on the reader

 

Module C Much Ado About Nothing

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • Reading ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by William Shakespeare
  • Developing their ability to comment on characters and key features and how they are presented in the play
  • Analysing Shakespeare’s language and use of imagery
  • Developing their own ability to understand and engage with Shakespeare’s language and ideas

 

Module D Novel Reading (either ‘Stone Cold’ by Robert Swindells or ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • Using the novels ‘Of Mice and Men’ or ‘Stone Cold’ as a springboard encompassing a variety of written tasks designed to improve students’ ability to write in different forms for different audiences.
  • Analysing the writer’s use of language
  • Understanding characters’ thoughts and feelings
  • Analysing character and validating opinions
  • Looking at events from an alternative perspective; using imagination to predict and speculate about what will happen to the characters in the story

 

Module E Poetry

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • Analysing a range of poems including those  from different times and cultures
  • Developing awareness of connotation and an understanding of how imagery is created
  • Experimenting with figurative language in own writing
  • Appreciating the impact of figurative language in texts.
  • Exploring and developing ideas, issues and relationships through work in role.

 

English useful websites:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auschwitz_concentration_camp
http://remember.org/camps/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare
www.sparknotes.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noughts_&_Crosses_series
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_Cold_(novel)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/subjects/english
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/crafting-an-opening-paragraph

 

Contact the English Department

Phone: 01202 774631
Email: mbower@leaf.bournemouth.sch.uk