English

IMG_9155English is an important subject and we aim to ensure that all our students achieve to the best of their ability. We believe that only through exciting and engaging our students can outstanding results in English be achieved. It is one thing to write or speak competently, but it is quite another to have a gift for speaking, a talent for performing, or a flair for writing.

Our varied and exciting (and yes, demanding) programme of English study encourages all of our students to achieve their absolute best.

All work in Year 9 is effectively GCSE work and will prepare them for their four exams in Year 11 (Language and Literature).

KEY STAGE 3

YEAR 7

Topics

  • Half Term 1 – Creative Writing
    Students learn how to craft their writing and develop their writing skills.
  • Half Term 2 – Sport and Leisure
    Students analyse a range of texts, working on inference and organising their responses.
  • Half Term 3 – Shakespeare
    Students will study ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ analysing plot, character and use of language.
  • Half Term 4 – Poetry
    Students will study a range of poems looking at poetic techniques and will also have the opportunity to write their own.
  • Half term 5 – Gothic and Horror
    Students will study both modern and pre-Nineteenth Century texts, the focus is on
    analytical and critical skills.
  • Half term 6 – Murder Mystery
    Students will apply all the skills they have learned over the year to a range of texts in
    order to solve a murder mystery.

 

YEAR 8

Topics

  • IMG_8990Half Term 1 – Creative Writing
    Students learn how to craft their writing and develop their writing skills.
  • Half Term 2 – Charities
    Students analyse a range of texts on theme of war and conflict, working on inference and organising their responses.
  • Half Term 3 – Shakespeare
    Students will study ‘Macbeth’ analysing plot, character and use of language.
  • Half Term 4 – Poetry
    Students will study a range of poems looking at poetic techniques and will also have the opportunity to write their own.
  • Half term 5 – Victorian Literature
    Students will apply all the skills they have learned over the year to a range of texts from the Nineteenth Century with opportunities to analyse texts and understand the context of the time while also producing their own creative writing.
  • Half term 6 – War
    Students will study both modern and pre-Nineteenth Century texts, the focus is on
    analytical and critical skills.

 

YEAR 9

Topics

  • Half Term 1 – Iconic Literary Characters
    Students will study both modern and pre-Nineteenth Century texts, the focus is on
    analytical and critical skills.
  • Half Term 2 – A Christmas Carol
    Students will analyse Dickens’ novel in preparation for Years 10 and 11 covering, plot,
    character, theme and language analysis.
  • Half Term 3 – Shakespeare
    Students will study ‘Romeo and Juliet’ analysing plot, character and use of language.
  • Half Term 4 – Poetry
    Students will study a range of poems from those chosen by our exam board for their
    exam in Year 11. They will be looking at poetic techniques and will also have the opportunity to write their own.
  • Half term 5 – Non Fiction
    This unit will prepare students for the rigours of Paper 2 of their Year 11 exam. They will focus on analysing non-fiction texts and preparing their own persuasive and argumentative writing.
  • Half term 6 – An Inspector Calls
    Students will apply all the skills they have learned over the year to analyse another of the set texts for GCSE- they will again focus on plot, character, themes, context and use of language.

 

Assessment

To assess our students’ progress, we make use of a cycle of teacher, self and peer assessment to ensure progress with ongoing work. We will celebrate our students’ successes whilst also encouraging areas of necessary improvement.
To prepare them for the linear exam framework of KS4, students will also be tested in a
summative manner at the end of each half term using an assessment that appropriately adapts the GCSE format.

 

Homework

IMG_9008To help develop our students’ learning and consolidate their skills, we will set homework on
a regular basis every week. This may be something simple such as completing a task to secure what they have learned that week to something more detailed and lengthy such as working through an exam answer.

 

Support

Y7 & Y8

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3kw2hv
  • Key Stage 3 English Study Guide: CGP books
  • Key Stage 3 English Workbook (with answers): CGP books
  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for Key Stage 3: CGP books.

Y9

  • An Inspector Calls: J. B. Priestley
  • Romeo and Juliet: William Shakespeare
  • A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens
  • GCSE English Text Guide: An Inspector Calls: CGP Books
  • GCSE English Text Guide: Romeo and Juliet: CGP Books
  • GCSE English Text Guide: A Christmas Carol: CGP Books
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3kw2hv
  • Key Stage 3 English Study Guide: CGP books
  • Key Stage 3 English Workbook (with answers): CGP books
  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for Key Stage 3: CGP books.

We are happy to provide extra homework booklets at parents’ request

 

Extra-Curricular

  • Academically More Able and Talented in English- Students to undertake a challenging
    and interesting unit looking to stretch and improve their progress. Ongoing throughout
    the year with different cohorts.
  • Drama Club- after school, every week on Tuesday.
  • Dance Club- every week on Thursday.
  • Creative Writing- after school every week on Tuesday.

 

KEY STAGE 4

ENGLISH LANGUAGE (GCSE)

IMG_9010English Language is an important subject and we aim to ensure that all our students achieve to the best of their ability. We believe that only through exciting and engaging our students can outstanding results in English be achieved. It is one thing to write or speak
competently, but it is quite another to have a gift for speaking, a talent for performing, or a flair for writing. Our varied and exciting (and yes, demanding) programme of English study encourages all of our students to achieve their absolute best. English in Years 10 and 11
builds on the skills students have acquired in Years 7-9. Students will be working towards 2 exams in Year 11, both will ask students to analyse and interpret texts with a final question asking them to write creatively.

 

Topics

  • Term 1 – Paper 1- Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
    Students will study both fiction and nonfiction texts from the 20th and 21st Century, the focus is on analytical and critical skills. They will look at how writers construct texts e.g. through language techniques, sentence types or structure. Students will also be taught to write creatively e.g. describing a scene. This will be tested through Practice Papers.
  • Term 2 – Paper 2- Writer’s Viewpoint and Perspective
    Students will study and analyse a range of texts including nonfiction writing from the Nineteenth Century. They will be taught to analyse and compare different texts looking at how language changes dependent on audience, genre and purpose. Students will also be taught to write to express or argue their own viewpoint.
  • Term 3, 4 and 5- Revision of Paper 1 and 2
    Students will consolidate their skills for the two papers and hone their exam technique through frequent testing and assessment.

 

Assessment

To assess students’ progress, we make use of a cycle of teacher, self and peer assessment
to ensure progress with ongoing work. We will celebrate our students’ successes while also
looking for where we can make the necessary improvements. Students will also be tested in a summative manner using GCSE exam questions on a regular basis and making use of the Whole School Policy using the Green Pen Challenge.

 

Homework

To help develop our students’ learning and consolidate their skills, we will set homework
on a regular basis every week. This may be something simple such as completing a task
to secure what they have learned that week to something more detailed and lengthy such as
working through an exam answer.

 

Support

  • http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/englishlanguage-
    2015.html
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3kw2hv
  • New GCSE English Language AQA Revision Guide for the grade 9-1 Course: CGP Books
  • New GCSE English Language AQA Workbook for the grade 9-1 Course: CGP Books
  • New GCSE English Language AQA Revision Guide and Practice for the grade 9-1 Course: CGP Books

We are happy to provide extra homework booklets at parents’ request.

 

Extra-Curricular

  • Academically More Able and Talented in English- Students to undertake a challenging
    and interesting unit looking to stretch and improve their progress. Ongoing throughout
    the year with different cohorts.
  • Drama Club- after school, every week on Tuesday.
  • Dance Club- every week on Thursday.

IMG_9002ENGLISH LITERATURE (GCSE)

English Literature is an important subject and we aim to ensure that all our students achieve to the best of their ability. We believe that only through exciting and engaging our students can outstanding results in English be achieved. It is one thing to write or speak competently, but it is quite another to have a gift for speaking, a talent for performing, or a flair for writing. Our varied and exciting (and yes, demanding) programme of English study encourages all of our students to achieve their absolute best. English in Years 10 and 11
builds on the skills students have acquired in Years 7-9. Students will be working towards 2 exams in Year 11, both will ask students to explore literary texts including a novel, plays and poetry.

Topics

  • Term 1
    • Paper 2- An Inspector Calls
    • Paper 1- A Christmas Carol

Students will study both exam texts looking in particular at plot, character and theme. They will also work on analysing use of language and structure and explore the context of the texts

  • Term 2 – Poetry- Love and Relationships
    Students will study 15 poems from the Love and Relationships cluster prescribed by AQA. They will be asked to analyse two of these in their Year 11 exam. Students will explore language techniques and their use, themes, structure, context etc. and apply them to examination questions.
  • Term 3 – Romeo and Juliet
    Students will explore the play looking at plot, character and theme. They will also explore the context of the play and why it is important.They will analyse language use and apply this to exam questions.
  • Term 4
    • Paper 2- An Inspector Calls
    • Paper 1- A Christmas Carol

Students will revise both exam texts looking in particular at plot, character and theme. They will also work on analysing use of language and structure and explore the context of the texts. The unit will be very much based towards exam questions and exam technique.

  • Term 5 – Poetry- Love and Relationships
    • Romeo and Juliet

Students will revise the poetry they explored in Year 10 and focus their skills concerning exam questions and exam technique. They will also look at the unseen element of the paper- analysing a poem they have not studied in class. Students will also revise the key areas of Romeo and Juliet again focusing on exam
practice- they will need to analyse an extract and then link it to the text as a whole.

Assessment

To assess students’ progress, we make use of a cycle of teacher, self and peer assessment
to ensure progress with ongoing work. We will celebrate our students’ successes while also
looking for where we can make the necessary improvements. Students will also be tested in a summative manner using GCSE exam questions on a regular basis and making use of the Whole School Policy using the Green Pen Challenge.

 

Homework

To help develop students’ learning and consolidate their skills, we will set homework
on a regular basis every week. This may be something simple such as completing a task
to secure what they have learned that week to something more detailed and lengthy such as
working through an exam answer.

 

Support

  • http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/englishliterature-
    2015.html
  • An Inspector Calls: J. B. Priestley
  • Romeo and Juliet: William Shakespeare
  • A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens
  • GCSE English Text Guide: An Inspector Calls: CGP Books
  • GCSE English Text Guide: Romeo and Juliet: CGP Books
  • GCSE English Text Guide: A Christmas Carol: CGP Books
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3kw2hv
  • New GCSE English Literature AQA Unseen Poetry Guide – for the Grade 9-1 Course: CGP Books
  • New GCSE English Literature AQA Poetry Guide: Love & Relationships Anthology – the Grade 9-1 Course: CGP Books

We are happy to provide extra homework booklets at parents’ request.

Extra-Curricular

  • Academically More Able and Talented in English- Students to undertake a challenging
    and interesting unit looking to stretch and improve their progress. Ongoing throughout
    the year with different cohorts.
  • Drama Club- after school, every week on Tuesday.
  • Dance Club- every week on Thursday.
  • Creative Writing- after school every week on Tuesday.

 

KEY STAGE 5

At KS5 students receive 11 lessons per fortnight and have access to a range of courses ran by the English team. These include AS and a full A Level in each of the following subjects:

English Language

English Literature

Film Studies

Creative Writing

We are currently waiting on a government decision regarding the separation of the AS and A2 courses before finalising the new boards for 2015. The current exam boards we use are:

English Language; AQA Specification B

English Literature; AQA Specification B

Film Studies: WJEC

Creative Writing: AQA

If you should like to find out more about the curriculum your Son/Daughter is following please e-mail Mr Hall at: hall.d@trinitycatholiccollege.org.uk

Staff

Mr D Hall – Curriculum Team Leader
Mrs E Phillips – Assistant Curriculum Team Leader
Ms Z Ahmed- Subject Teacher
Miss L Bradley – Subject Teacher
Miss L Conway – Subject Teacher
Mrs K Donnelly – Subject Teacher
Mr G Groves – Subject Teacher
Miss K McCaffery – Subject Teacher
Miss A Myers- Subject Teacher
Miss L Naylor – Subject Teacher
Mr P Oliver-Williams – Subject Teacher
Miss K Pickersgill – Subject Teacher
Ms S Redman – Subject Teacher
Miss C Robson – Subject Teacher
Mrs H Scarlett – Subject Teacher
Ms A Storey – Subject Teacher
Miss R Zuk – Subject Teacher
Miss L Walton – Subject Teacher
Miss J Seale (ITT student)
Miss A Benson (ITT student)
Ms C Gibson – Teaching Assistant
Mrs K Thompson – Teaching Assistant
Mrs H Tansley – Teaching Assistant