English - Summer 1
KS3 Update -
In Year 7 students have been studying the theme of Identity and Culture through the lenses of literature and non-fiction. Students have been learning some historical elements such as South Africa’s apartheid era, the migration of those from the Caribbean and South Asia and the tyrannical brutality of despotic leaders and analysing the way the voices of those who experienced these times is portrayed through various literary and non-fiction texts. They will be using these voices to create their own voice, being able to write evocatively, persuasively and passionately.
Similarly, during the summer term, Year 8 students have started studying a scheme of learning on Minority Voices through the base text of Long Way Down, a novel written entirely in verse, where they look at writers’ creation of a voice and recreate their own ‘voices’. An excellence transitionary module that will see our students prepared for the next step of their learning journey into Year 9.
In the summer term, Year 9 students have been bridging the gap the between KS3 and KS4 by looking at their first GCSE text, ‘An Inspector Calls’. Students are analysing the creation of character and those character’s development through the play, linking the play’s purpose to the contextual issues of its 1945 origin and the Edwardian setting. Students will be examined on this text and others in the summer of 2025 when they take their GCSE English Literature exam.
In Year 10, pupils have been revisiting the skills for the GCSE English Language Paper 1 exam. This is based around the analysis and then production of creative writing. English Language Paper 1 is the paper that students will be examined on as part of their transition exams in Summer 2.
Year 11 this half-term have been preparing for their GCSE examinations in English Language and English Literature. They have been undertaking bespoke in-class intervention based on the mocks they have taken this year in both language and literature and the department have used data to analyse students’ performance on each of the questions to target the interventions in each class.
Year 11 students should be using the KS4 Revision Hub when revising as there are a plethora of resources available for them including videos from Mr Hoskin’s YouTube channel, his masterclass lectures and much, much more…
Year 13 students have also been undertaking bespoke in-class intervention based on the mocks they have taken this year and the department have used data to analyse students’ performance on each of the questions to target the interventions in each class. Students completed their NEAs recently after willingly attending advisory sessions for these last half-term. The range of topics and texts that students have studied is wide and varied and many of our students have worked hard on ensuring they achieve the top grades possible with their entries.
If any parents or students wish to know more about our A Level options or require any further information, please email email@example.com.
We wish all of our students in both Year 11 and Year 13 the best of luck with their exams.
Rewards in English
We LOVE recognising how amazing our students are in English and our young people may have noticed our Brag Board on the English corridor. Every half-term, the Class Act (class) with the most Reward Points will be awarded a prize (get your child to ask their teacher for more details).
English Homework Club
Fantastic English Homework!
We always look to reward our students for the completion of excellent work and utilise our rewards system for this. However, special mention must go to Lilly B of Year 8 who produced the following homework based on one of the tasks from their homework menu.