English
Part of the ‘Express’ Wing

Mrs Hocking : Head of English

Mrs Hocking

Head of English

Mrs Burnett : Teacher of English

Mrs Burnett

Teacher of English

Mrs Ireland : Teacher of English

Mrs Ireland

Teacher of English

Mrs Neethling : Teacher of English

Mrs Neethling

Teacher of English

Mrs Wherry : Teacher of English

Mrs Wherry

Teacher of English

Miss Woudberg : Teacher of English

Miss Woudberg

Teacher of English

Mrs Harrison : Teacher of English

Mrs Harrison

Teacher of English

Miss Chapman : Teacher of English

Miss Chapman

Teacher of English


 

Key Stage Three

In English at Key Stage Three we follow the National Curriculum requirements for English and, with their guidance, have produced a wide range of programmes for study. These take the form of units of work. At the heart of each of these units will be a study of a particular theme, often based upon extracts taken from works of fiction/ non-fiction. Built into the unit will be tasks requiring reading, writing, speaking and listening and, at all times, the highest possible level of performance in each of these aspects will be sought for. Attention will focus on every element of language development according to your child’s needs, from the basic skills of handwriting and sentence construction to the higher levels of investigative reporting and literary criticism. All of these units of work form a foundation for study at GCSE. During Key Stage Three there will be opportunities to increase Information Technology skills, study aspects of the media, participate in role-play activities and visit places and events to witness language in action. If you would like to see our units of work, please contact Mrs Hocking (Head of Department).

Key Stage Four

At KS4 within English we offer GCSE qualifications in English, English Language & Literature and Media Studies. Texts studied include nineteenth century fiction, Shakespeare, Romantic poetry and a modern play or novel. All classes will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and a range of writing styles, with an aim to encouraging student engagement and enjoyment of the subject, as well as preparing them for further education and employment. Students in Year 11 will be assessed through a one hundred percent terminal examination

Literacy

In addition to their English lessons, all students have a literacy lesson, which supports their literacy across the curriculum. In these lessons, students will learn differentiated spellings and work through a series of punctuation and grammar skills, working from being able to identify to being able to apply these accurately and for effect. There are also regular opportunities for students to develop their extended writing skills through the use of personal writing journals.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Throughout the year the department runs various trips to see theatre and other productions at venues across the country. In addition, we are an RSC partner school, which means that our students have the opportunity to take part in RSC workshops and to see performances that are brought to the school. We are involved in the Kernow Youth Book Awards and students will present their nomination at the awards ceremony at the Eden Project. In addition, we have links with KEAP and have been able to give students the opportunity to visit the ‘Writer’s Block’ and work with professional writers.