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English Department

 

Head of Department

  • Mrs. F. Duffield (HOD)

BA (Hons), PGCE

Department Staff

  • Mr. C. Duff (Head of LLW)

BA (Hons), PG dip TEFL, PGCE

  • Mrs. C. Dundas

BA (Hons), PGCE

  • Mrs. R. Millar (Assistant Head of Year 13)

LLB, BA (Hons), PGCE

  • Mrs. J. McNally (Head of Year 11)

Bed (Hons), HND

  • Mrs. E. Roche

BA (Hons), PGCE

  • Miss. L. Blemings

BA (Hons), PGCE

Librarian

Miss. M. Godden

Introduction and Ethos

The English Department at Ashfield Boys’ High School aims to provide an effective learning environment that is both welcoming and stimulating and that offers an extensive range of activities and experiences. It strives to contribute to the cultural, creative, moral, social, intellectual and individual development of its pupils and celebrates achievement.

Pupils are valued as individuals and are encouraged to achieve their personal best whatever their ability. Pupil work is ‘showcased’ within the department and beyond. Emphasis is placed on the positive and the department encourages an atmosphere of openness and fairness.

The department works primarily on the basis of strong teamwork; staff are mutually supportive and value one another’s professional skills, opinions and advice. Relationships between staff are excellent as are those with pupils and parents. Partnership is very much encouraged with both parents and pupils and productive lines of communication exist between home and school.

Key Stage 3 Overview

The following topics are studied in Years 8, 9 and 10:

Year 8

Myself project

‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare

Creative Writing

Accelerated Reader

Two selected novels

Year 9

Dialect and Slang

‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare

Creative Writing

Learning about Media

Accelerated Reader

Two selected novels

Year 10

Pre 20th Century Fiction

Modern and Local Poetry

‘The Taming of the Shrew’ by William Shakespeare

Making a Drama Out of Everything

Advertising

Two selected novels

At the end of Year 10, pupils will be expected to complete a Communication Assessment folder (CCS).

Key Stage 4 Overview

Title: CCEA GCSE English Language

What will you learn?

Over the course of two years, boys will complete the following units of work:

EXTERNAL EXAMINATIONS – (40%)

2 units = 1 hour 30 minutes each = 20% each

UNIT 1 (20%)

(A) Writing – Personal

(B) Reading – Multi-modal texts (2 to allow comparison / cross reference)

UNIT 2 (20%) (A) Writing – Discursive (one side of issue) – based on multi-modal stimulus

(B) Reading – non-fiction writing (1 stimulus)

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT – CA (60%)

UNIT 3 (20%)

Speaking & Listening = 3 assessments = 3 best marks over the two years in individual presentation, group interaction and role play.

UNIT 4 (40%)

3 written tasks to be completed in class under controlled conditions:

TASK 1: The Study of Spoken Language – 1 hour 30 – (10%)

TASK 2: The Study of Written Language – 1 hour 30 – (15%)

TASK 3: Writing Creatively – 2 hours – (15%)

Title: CCEA GCSE English Literature

What will you learn?

Over the course of two years, boys will complete the following units of work:

Unit 1: The Study of Prose 25%

(External examination, 1 hour)

Unit 2: The Study of Drama and Poetry 50%

(External examination, 2 hours)

Section A: Drama, including Shakespeare

Section B: Poetry (based on an anthology of 12 poems)

Section C: Unseen Poetry

Unit 3: The Study of Linked Texts 25%

(Controlled Assessment)-2 part response

Task (A) Linked study of Shakespeare and heritage prose text

Task (B) Shakespeare prose text then comparison



Title: Essential Skills: Communication- Level 1

What will you learn?

Action-based Activity= 50%

  • pupil identifies a topic of interest to them then …talks about it (one to one or group), reads about it (obtains information from one document) and writes about it (2 different types of document)

Desktop Task= 50%

  • 1 hour 15 minutes allowed
  • Topics are not the same as level 2
  • Only assesses reading and writing skills

Title: Essential Skills: Communication- Level 2

What you will learn?

Action-based Activity= 50%

  • pupil identifies an issue of interest to them then …, reads about it (read and summarise info. from at least 2 documents of 500 words+), talks about it (group discussion) gives a talk about it (at least 4 mins) and finally writes about it (2 different types of document – one must be at least 500 words long)

Desktop Task= 50%

  • 1 hour 30 minutes allowed
  • Topics are not the same as level 1
  • Only assesses reading and writing skills

Key Stage 5 Overview

Title: Edexcel ‘A’ Level English Language and Literature

What will you learn?

Over the course of two years, boys will complete the following units of work:

Component 1 – Voices in Speech and Writing  40%

(includes literary, non-literary and digital texts and one drama text)

 

Component 2 – Varieties in Language and Literature  40%

(one prose fiction text plus one other literary text from a chosen theme)     

 

Component 3 – Investigating and Creating Texts         20%

(one fiction and one non-fiction text related to a chosen topic)

  • Assignment 1 – one piece of fiction writing
  • Assignment 2 – one piece of creative non-fiction writing
  • Assignment 3 – one analytical commentary reflecting on the two pieces produced

Career Pathways

  • Literary agent
  • Secretary
  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Librarian
  • Editor
  • Lawyer
  • Broadcaster
  • Actor
  • Creative Writer
  • Theatre director
  • Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Speech Therapist
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Author

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