English

Introduction

The English Department is a thriving and successful team of practitioners. We consistently achieve excellent GCSE and A-level results and are a very popular A-level choice amongst students. English staff are consistently observed as teaching outstanding or good lessons, indeed, some staff in the department have been graded by Ofsted as teaching ‘outstanding’ lessons where learners make better than average progress. Due to the quality of staff in the department, many have responsibilities both within and outside of the department. We have a very good record of helping new staff develop their practice so that they too are able to deliver ‘outstanding’ lessons. A real strength of the team is the positive relationships that are formed between staff and learners.

Teaching & Learning

The department uses a diverse range of pedagogies to help improve the reading, writing and speaking skills of all learners. We endeavour to engage all learners by selecting interesting texts and specifications at GCSE and A-level, as well as developing cross-curricular links; we use activities that relate to art, drama, humanities, music and media skills to engage learners in appreciating the complexities of the literature that we read. Furthermore, we differentiate successfully to cater for the needs of the most able as well as those who find English challenging and everyone inbetween.

Facilities

The English department are based in a suite of rooms off the central College corridor. We have computer projectors and visualisers in all rooms and interactive whiteboards in most. We also have several kindles that some students will be able to work with. We have a large array of prose, drama and fiction texts for use with classes too.

Enrichment

We tend to offer different things each year as we respond to current events and opportunities. Examples from recent experience include: a Year 7 trip to see Matilda in conjunction with the Drama department); the Year 8 Spelling Bee; Creative Writing club; writing for The Heathfield Vine; a touring company production of A Christmas Carol; a wide variety of theatre experiences for Years 12 and 13.

Curriculum

Learning outcomes for English on pathway 8 – click here
Learning outcomes for English on pathway 7 – click here
Learning outcomes for English on pathway 6 – click here
Learning outcomes for English on pathway 5 – click here
Learning outcomes for English on pathway 4 – click here
Learning outcomes for English on pathway 3 – click here
Learning outcomes for English on pathway 2 – click here

Revision

The course information below is only an outline of course content / learning objectives and should NOT be used as a guide to the topics for revision purposes.  Detailed guidance for revision for this subject can be found as follows:

  • GCSE / Level 2 courses  will be assessed using the topic content of Years 9, 10 & 11 –  please click here for detailed revision advice
  • A level / Level 3 courses will be assessed using the topic content of Years 12 & 13 –  please click here for detailed revision advice
Year Course & Topics covered Level Contact for more detail
7

Students will complete the following units of work:

  • Magical Realism
  • Poetry and Romanticism
  • Shakespeare
  • Slavery Literature

The core texts they will read in these units are:

  • Fire Eaters by David Almond
  • Selection of William Blake poetry
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin

Students will develop their skills in:

  • comprehending texts
  • inferring information from texts
  • analysing writer’s language use
  • using apt quotations from texts to support ideas
  • commenting upon a text’s context
  • writing for effect
  • applying punctuation to their writing with accuracy
  • spelling accurately

We expect students to know, understand, be able to use and write about:

metaphor, simile, alliteration, rhyme scheme, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, simple sentences, compound sentences, complex sentences, direct address, emotive language, synonymy, power of 3 and rhetorical questions.

National Curriculum Mrs K Wayne

kwayne@heathfieldcc.co.uk

8

Students will complete the following units of work:

  • Villains
  • Ballads
  • Autobiographical writing
  • American Literature
  • Dystopian fiction

The core texts they will read in these units are:

  • Macbeth
  • Either The Lady of Shalott or The Highwayman
  • Excerpts from Malala Yousefzai’s autobiography
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Students will develop their skills in:

  • comprehending texts
  • inferring information from texts
  • analysing writer’s language use
  • using apt quotations from texts to support ideas
  • commenting upon a text’s context
  • writing for effect
  • organising their writing with purpose
  • applying punctuation to their writing with accuracy
  • spelling accurately

We expect students to know, understand, be able to use and write about:

Personification, pathetic fallacy, imagery, rhythm, semi-colons, speech marks, connectives, adverbial phrases, prepositional phrases, use sentences for deliberate effect, colloquialisms, antonymy, anecdote and puns.

National Curriculum
9

Students will complete the following units of work:

  • Victorian Britain
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Orwellian literature
  • Modern Drama
  • Multi-cultural Britain
  • Shakespeare

The core texts they will read in these units are:

  • GCSE poetry anthology
  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Conan Doyle
  • The Silk Road by Antony Horowitz
  • A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller
  • Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare

Students will develop their skills in:

  • comprehending texts
  • inferring information from texts
  • analysing writer’s language use
  • using apt quotations from texts to support ideas
  • commenting upon a text’s context
  • writing for effect
  • organising their writing with purpose
  • applying punctuation to their writing with accuracy
  • spelling accurately

We expect students to know, understand, be able to use and write about:

Oxymoron, extended metaphor, allegory, irony, colons, ellipsis, hyphens, modal verbs, sentnence functions (interrogative, declarative, imperative, exclamative), superlative, analogy, juxtaposition and opposition.

Foundation Year for GCSE Mrs K Wayne

kwayne@heathfieldcc.co.uk

10

WJEC GCSE English Language, covering:

  • Transactional writing
  • Imaginative Writing
  • Spoken Language
  • Unseen 20th century literature
  • Unseen 19th & 21st century non-fiction

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

WJEC GCSE English Literature, covering:

  • Shakespeare
  • 19th Century prose
  • 18th and 19th Century poetry
  • Modern drama
  • Modern prose
  • Modern poetry

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCSE:  Levels 1 & 2 Mrs K Wayne –

kwayne@heathfieldcc.co.uk

11

WJEC GCSE English Language, covering:

  • Responding to non-fiction
  • Responding to a text from another culture

The specification for this course taken by sets 1, 2 & 3 can be found by clicking here.

WJEC GCSE English Literature, covering:

  • Poetry
  • A modern novel
  • A novel from another culture

The specification for this course taken by sets 1, 2 & 3 can be found by clicking here.

WJEC GCSE English, covering:

  • A novel
  • Imaginative writing
  • Shakespeare
  • Poetry
  • Non-fiction texts

The specification for this course taken by sets 4 & 5 can be found by clicking here.

GCSE:  Levels 1 & 2
12

AQA GCE English Language, covering:

  • Introduction to language terminology and spoken language
  • Textual variations and representation
  • Language varieties – dialect and diversity
  • Introduction to creative writing
  • Non-exam assessment comprising creative writing and a linguistic investigation

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE AS Level & Year 1 GCE A Level:  Level 3 Ms C Savage – csavage@heathfieldcc.co.uk
 

AQA GCE English Literature, covering:

  • 19th  century novel
  • 20th century novel
  • Poetry anthology
  • Non-exam assessment comparing two texts of the students’ choice, one written pre-1900

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE AS Level & Year 1 GCE A Level:  Level 3
13

AQA GCE English Language, covering:

  • Child Language Acquisition
  • Language change over time
  • Language Diversity

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE A level Year 2:  Level 3
 

AQA GCE English Literature, covering:

  • Novels, a play and poetry on the theme of modern identity, taken from literature written after 1945.
  • Revision of Y12 content, including Shakespeare text and poetry.

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE A level Year 2:  Level 3