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English and Media Studies

The study of English plays a crucial role in education and society. In the English department we are passionate about providing a high quality education which will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Our experienced and creative teaching team work hard to foster a love of language and to ensure that, through literature in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually

KS3

Our key stage 3 curriculum consolidates and develops the skills acquired at key stage 2 as well as introduces students to GCSE skills at an early stage through the study of an engaging and challenging range of modern and Literary Heritage texts including poetry, Shakespeare, modern drama, fiction and non-fiction. Students hone their written skills by writing for a wide variety of real life purposes and improve their oracy through a range of immersive speaking and listening tasks. Units of work are sequenced and planned carefully to ensure that fundamental skills are taught, cemented and extended during each year group and across the whole key stage.  Units are then further differentiated by each class teacher to suit the abilities and needs of the students in each class and to take advantage of different learning styles so that students become confident and creative learners. 

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7

‘Holes’

Autobiography ‘Treasure Island’ Literacy unit ‘Warhorse’ ‘Warhorse’
8 ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ War Poetry ‘Animal Farm’ ‘Animal Farm’ Introduction to Shakespeare Literacy unit
9 ‘Of Mice and Men’ Poetry (relationships) Introduction to Gothic Fiction Literacy unit ‘Romeo and Juliet’ ‘An Inspector Calls’

KS4

Our year 11 cohort is studying AQA English Language syllabus code: 8700 weblink: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/introduction) and English Literature GCSE (syllabus code: 8702 weblink: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702/introduction ) for examination in 2017.These specifications are 100% exam based. Our skills- focused schemes of work not only equip students for the rigor of these exams but also for using language to participate widely in life beyond school. Students build on skills developed during key stage 3 to approach a challenging range of texts including pre and post C19 fiction and non-fiction, poetry, drama and Shakespeare and to produce creative and non-fiction texts of their own. 

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
10 Creative Writing (Paper 1, section B) Poetry (Power and Conflict anthology) Creative Reading (Paper 1 Section A) Poetry (Power and Conflict anthology) ‘A Christmas Carol’ ‘A Christmas Carol’
11 ‘Macbeth’ Language paper 2 Unseen poetry and speaking and listening Revision Revision  

In addition to English and English Literature, the department offers students the option to study GCSE Media Studies from the start of year 10. Media Studies is a highly relevant and creative subject and an extremely popular and accessible choice for many students with several GCSE classes following the AQA syllabus each year.  Our Media teachers have professional media experience and a thorough understanding of the skills needed for all aspects of the course.  In Media, classes study various forms of promotion: film, magazines and advertising – not only looking at how industries promote but also producing their own promotional materials such as magazine covers and promotional posters for film and adverts.

KS5

A-Level English Literature and A Level Media

Students can opt to study AQA English Literature B and/or WJEC Media Studies at A-level which are exciting, rigorous, academic choices. Year 12 English Literature students are studying the new linear A-Level English Literature B course (syllabus code: 7716/7717 weblink: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-literature-b-7716-7717/introduction ) with AS examinations in 2016 and A-Level examinations in 2017. The full linear A-level comprises 80% exam and 20% coursework examined in 2017. The AS –level only route is 100% exam.

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
12 Introduction to aspects of Tragedy: Othello Introduction to aspects of Tragedy: Death of a Salesman Tess of the D’Urbervilles Keats poetry Revision of all units

(Exam)
Independent coursework for yr 13

13 Toni Harrison/A Streetcar Named Desire coursework The Bloody Chamber exam preparation Dr Faustus/Wuthering Heights Independent Coursework Dr Faustus/Wuthering Heights exam revision Exam

We also deliver the BTEC Creative Media course which assesses students through a detailed coursework portfolio.  All courses are popular choices for our sixth form and students are encouraged to become independent learners whilst being fully supported by their teachers throughout their course. The department provides a wide range of extra curricula activities to enrich students’ sixth form study and the Media Studies course is very well resourced with a suite of top of the range computers for students’ creative work.

Media Studies

The study of media plays a crucial role in education and society. In the Media department we are passionate about providing a high quality education which will teach pupils to speak and write fluently in their analysis of media texts.. Our experienced and creative team work hard to foster a love of all media forms and teach students to interpret the messages we are being bombarded with on a daily. Our detailed schemes of work are planned to stretch and challenge all our students so that they not only make progress and fulfil their potential in the subject but also use the skills they acquire to increase their knowledge and understanding of the whole school curriculum.

KS4

Students have the option to study GCSE Media Studies from the start of year 10. Media Studies is a highly relevant and creative subject and an extremely popular and accessible choice for many students with several GCSE classes following the AQA syllabus each year.  Our Media teachers have professional media experience and a thorough understanding of the skills needed for all aspects of the course.  In Media, classes study various forms of promotion: film, magazines and advertising – not only looking at how industries promote but also producing their own promotional materials such as magazine covers and promotional posters for film and adverts.

KS5

Both courses are popular choices for our Sixth Form and students are encouraged to become independent learners whilst being fully supported by their teachers throughout their course. The department provides a wide range of extra curricula activities to enrich students’ Sixth Form study and the Media Studies course is very well resourced with a suite of top of the range computers for students’ creative work.

A level Media

Students can opt to study WJEC Media Studies at A level which is an exciting, rigorous, academic choice.

The course is split evenly between coursework and exam and students will study a range of media texts, issues and debates and institutional aspects throughout the course. Practical work is made up of both print and audio visual projects and is completed both individually in year 12 and as part of a group in year 13.

Level 3 BTEC Creative Media

We also deliver the BTEC Creative Media course which assesses students through a detailed coursework portfolio, and final year exam units. Students are encouraged to take a more vocational pathway when studying this course and work in a number of different environments and situations.