Head of Subject: Miss Meera Duffield
Welcome to Redruth’s English faculty.
At the heart of our curriculum is the belief that students engage and progress in English in a text-rich, passionate and responsive environment.
Our curriculum journey has been carefully designed to allow our students to practise a wide range of skills whilst exploring and developing their understanding of our language and Literature within the contexts in which they were written. It is important to us that students understand the significance of the texts they are studying both in terms of how it fits into a historical and political context, but also what it reveals about the human condition.
Each year group will complete units under an umbrella theme allowing them to make links with previous study and build upon their knowledge and understanding. Within each unit, students will be exposed to a wide range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, allowing a greater breadth and depth of study, which will ensure they are continually engaged and challenged.
Our intention is to encourage our students to question, to explore, to analyse and to create throughout their time at Redruth, and for us to facilitate this inquisitive thinking we will ensure our teaching is responsive and adapts to the needs and passions of our students.
Assessments are embedded into each of our units and the type of assessments can be seen on the overviews in the links below. The assessment objectives that are being used to track our students follow those set out in GCSE, although at KS3 the marking criteria has been generated so that students can fairly, but relevantly be assessed and monitored at this earlier stage.
Please click on the links below to see the English journey for each year group:
GCSE – Year 10 and Year 11
At KS4, students will begin their GCSE study using the AQA exam board, in which they will draw from the knowledge and skills they have acquired from KS3. All students will sit two GSCEs: one in English Literature and one in English Language. Full specifications can be accessed on the AQA website.
Below is an overview of each course:
GCSE English Language
Paper 1 – 50% of GCSE Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
Paper 2 – 50% of GCSE Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
GCSE English Literature
Paper 1 – 40% of GCSE Shakespeare and the 19th century novel
Paper 2 – 60% of GCSE Modern texts and poetry
How I can help my son/daughter?
- Literacy has become an ever-increasing focus at our school and the link between improved literacy and reading is incredibly strong. Encourage your son/daughter to read regularly and talk to them about what they’re reading. If they’re struggling to find a text they enjoy reading, encourage them to speak to their teacher or talk to somebody in the library to get suggestions.
- Asking your son/daughter to talk about their lessons and what they are learning will help them to develop confidence in expressing information and opinions, as well as consolidate their understanding and knowledge.
- Enquire after set homework, or check ‘Satchel One’ to make sure homework is completed on time. ‘Tassomai’ will be used with every year group so ask how many challenges they’ve completed each week.
- At Key Stage 4, encourage regular revision. BBC Bitesize and Seneca are particularly useful offering notes, video clips and test questions on a range of skills and texts.
- Students in Year 11 will also be given revision workbooks, which will make up a large proportion of the work they complete at home. Please make sure they are using these to revise at home.