English

Within our highly successful English department, we pride ourselves on our energetic delivery of varied and vibrant units of study. We nurture pupils’ imagination and creativity whilst developing their skills in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. We offer five English lessons each week to pupils in all year groups; within KS3 one of these is a dedicated reading lesson during which pupils can visit our well-stocked and welcoming Library. Many pupils also benefit from the prestigious Accelerated Reader programme, which has the potential to increase reading ages by more than two years. In addition to the wealth of opportunities offered to pupils within their timetabled English lessons, we also have a stringent intervention programme which ensures each and every pupil will be offered any additional personalised support that they may require as they complete their learning journey.

Year 7

In Year 7, pupils will cover the following topics:

Kensuke’s Kingdom: This transition unit, which has been carefully designed in collaboration with local primary schools, allows pupils to demonstrate and further develop their use of vocabulary, punctuation, sentence structures and paragraphs. It centres on Kensuke’s Kingdom – a novel written by the popular children’s author, Michael Morpurgo. Pupils will be introduced to the first six chapters of the novel in their primary schools…when they join us in September they can find out what happens next!

Poetry: Through a study of carefully chosen poems, pupils are given the opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation of this complex art form. Alongside their analysis of poems written by various modern-day poets, pupils will also experience the challenge of creating their very own anthologies of poems using the poetic and structural techniques that they have encountered in their study of poetry.

Magazine Project: Budding journalists will join forces with like-minded peers in this unit which inspires creativity and team-work as pupils are tasked with creating a new and innovative magazine! Alongside developing their generic writing skills, they will also learn the specific conventions of writing for a wide range of purposes including to advise, describe, persuade and review.

Class Novel: Pupils in this unit will be introduced to a novel, chosen specifically for them by their class teacher. Using the novel as a stimulus, pupils will participate in reading, language analysis, creative writing, drama and discussion.

Shakespeare: In the final weeks of the academic year, pupils are given the opportunity to bring one of Shakespeare’s most popular works to life! Our drama-based study of Midsummer Night’s Dream ends with a showcase of pupils’ talents as they stage their very own production of this entertaining comedy.

Year 8

In Year 8, pupils will cover the following topics:

Pre-20th Century Text: Pupils begin Year 8 with the study of Arthur Conan-Doyle’s The Speckled Band. This Sherlock Holmes classic allows pupils to experience the language of a pre-20th Century text whilst developing their textual analysis, use of quotations, academic writing style and much more. They will also get the opportunity to unleash their inner sleuth!

The Apprentice: Entrepreneurs of the future will delight in this unit, within which they will pit their creative strengths against those of their peers. Taking part in weekly challenges, they will strive to develop their descriptive and persuasive writing in order to compete for victory!

War Poetry: Within this unit, pupils will develop their research skills in order to gain an insight into the lives of soldiers, the role of propaganda and the impact of war on those remaining on the Home Front. This knowledge will then form the basis of their poetry analysis, as they learn to link texts with their historical context.

Shakespeare: Each class teacher will select a Shakespeare play specifically for their class. They will use this text to allow pupils to further develop their understanding of the Bard’s language and make thematic links across various sections of the play. In addition to this, pupils will be encouraged to consider the context in which the play was written in order to deepen their appreciation of key scenes.

Novel: Pupils in this unit will be introduced to a novel, chosen specifically for them by their class teacher. Using the novel as a stimulus, pupils will participate in reading, writing, drama and discussion.

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils begin their GCSE English Language and Literature courses. Whilst some texts taught in Year 9 will be revisited during KS4, this early introduction to the GCSE skills and texts allows pupils the opportunity to develop a secure foundation and confidence in the demands of the GCSE courses. The units covered in Year 9 are:

  • Non-Fiction Texts (1EN0/02)
  • Transactional Writing (1EN0/02)
  • 19th Century Texts (1ENO/01)
  • Imaginative Writing (1ENO/01)
  • Speaking and Listening (1EN0/03)
  • Poetry (1ET0/02)
  • Jekyll and Hyde (1ET0/02)

Edexcel English Language GCSE

Component 1: Fiction and Imaginative Writing (1ENO/01)

Students will be assessed by a 1 hour 45 minute exam which constitutes 40% of their English Language GCSE. In preparation for this, they will:

  • Study extracts from a range of prose fiction
  • Develop skills to analyse and evaluate 19th-century fiction extracts
  • Develop imaginative writing skills to engage the reader
  • Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately

Component 2: Non-fiction and Transactional Writing (1EN0/02)

Students will be assessed by a 2 hour exam which constitutes 60% of their English Language GCSE. In preparation for this, they will:

  • Study a range of 20th- and 21st-century non-fiction texts (including literary non-fiction
  • Develop skills to analyse, evaluate and compare non-fiction extracts
  • Develop transactional writing skills for a variety of forms, purposes and audiences
  • Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately

Component 3: Spoken Language Endorsement (1ENO/03)

The component is internally assessed under controlled conditions, and externally monitored by Pearson.

  • Candidates must undertake a prepared spoken presentation on a specific topic in a formal setting, listen and respond to questions and feedback, and use spoken English effectively
  • Students are awarded a grade (Pass, Merit or Distinction)

Edexcel English Literature GCSE

Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature (1ET0/01)

Pupils will be assessed by a 1 hour and 45 minute exam which constitutes 50% of their English Literature GCSE. In preparation for this, they will:

  • Study a Shakespeare play and a post-1914 British play or novel
  • Develop skills to analyse how the language, form, structure and context of texts can create meanings and effects
  • Develop skills to maintain a critical style and informed personal response

Component 2: 19th-century Novel and Poetry since 1789 (1ET0/02)

Pupils will be assessed by a 2 hour and 15 minute exam which constitutes 50% of their English Literature GCSE. In preparation for this, they will:

  • Study a 19th-century novel and a poetry collection from the Pearson Poetry Anthology
  • Develop skills to analyse how the language, form, structure and context of texts can create meanings and effects
  • Develop skills to maintain a critical style and informed personal response
  • Develop comparison skills

David Massey - Patron of Reading

A Patron of Reading is a children’s author who is linked in with a school to help raise the profile of reading for pleasure with pupils, parents and staff.

David Massey – author of two young adult novels – has agreed to work with us for the next 12 months. He has had a varied career including teaching, music journalism, presenting, producing and writing for radio.

David’s debut young adult novel TORN was published in August 2013 and went on to win the Lancashire Awards Book of the Year and has been nominated in the UK for several other awards. TORN tells the story of Ellie, a young British medic on her first tour of Afghanistan. When her unit is ambushed, she sees a girl step into the crossfire. But instead of finding her injured, Ellie is led into a mystery linked to a hidden Taliban weapons cache, a bombed out village and a mob of armed children.

David’s second novel TAKEN was released in the UK in March 2014 and won the Dudley Teen Book Award. In this novel a young crew of five are sailing round the world together. They are used to being pushed to the limit, but nothing could have prepared them for being taken kidnapped. When they are taken hostage, the trip of a lifetime turns into a one-way journey into the heart of the African jungle.

David enjoys running Globehuggers Emergency Supplies – a business supplying grab bags and emergency equipment – shouting at the dog, being clawed to shreds by the cat, playing the guitar and writing!

More information about David and his books can be found on www.davidmasseybooks.com.

If you have any questions regarding the English Curriculum at The Wordsley School, please contact Miss S McCann (Curriculum Achievement Leader) on (01384) 816015 or email us.

Headteacher Mike Lambert

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