English

Head of Subject: Mr Owen Jermy

Welcome to the English faculty.

Through our lessons we aim to provide students with four fundamental skills: reading critically, writing fluently, listening effectively and speaking confidently. It is our belief that by providing students with these skills, we are providing our students with the best opportunities for success in their future. 

Our curriculum stresses the significance of language and communication and explores why it is a critical area of learning. Through their time at Redruth, students will be exposed to a rich variety of classic and contemporary texts. By using this as our base, we aim to expand the thinking of our students, allowing them to develop their analytical and evaluative skills as well as writing accurately for a variety of audience and purposes.  

Our team of dedicated and enthusiastic staff will ensure that through engaging and exciting lessons students learn to succeed in all areas of language and literature and encourage students to identify their own areas of personal development in order to ensure progression. 

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 and 8 students benefit from seven English lessons per fortnight, one of which is a ‘Library Lesson’ which includes time dedicated to the Accelerated Reader programmes (see below).

Students are set in ability groups that are initially based on their Key Stage 2 reading score. These sets are fluid and the groupings are looked at following each assessment point to ensure students are in the best place to ensure their success. 

The Key Stage 3 curriculum takes students on a journey through both literature and language and, whilst challenging at times, is specifically planned to aid their progression from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 and beyond.  At present, the current programme of study includes:

Year 7 & Year 8

Non-Fiction Reading and writing (Year 7 ‘All About Me’ and Year 8 ‘Survival’)

Poetry (Year 7 ‘Conflict and Protest Poetry’ and Year 8 ‘Under the Sea’)

Fiction Reading and Narrative Writing (Year 7 ‘School Life’ and Year 8 ‘Spy Fiction’)

Shakespeare (Year 7 ‘Villains’ and Year 8 ‘Romeo and Juliet’)

Non-Fiction Reading and writing (Year 7 ‘Around the World’ and Year 8 ‘Weird and Wonderful Workplaces’)

Novel Study

Most students will have more than one teacher, so the curriculum content is split between the two.

Our Key Stage 3 and Transition Lead within English is Mrs Clark who can be contacted on: tmorgan@redruth.cornwall.sch.uk

Accelerated Reading

Accelerated Reader is a computer based programme which tests students, identifies a reading age and provides them with a ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) range. This is linked to a range of books which students are encouraged to read to help them make optimum progress in their reading ability. Students then read a book and complete an interim quiz which provides us with data showing a student’s engagement and understanding of a particular level of book. Students retake the original STAR test at two further points in the year ensuring that we closely monitor their progress and provide interventions if necessary. 

Our AR co-ordinator is Mrs Clayton-Jones who can be contacted on: rclayton-jones@redruth.cornwall.sch.uk

Key Stage 4

Our Key Stage 4 begins in Year 9 however, with the exception of some of the poetry anthology, we do not begin looking at our GCSE texts in Year 9 but choose to focus on the transferable skills needed to succeed at GCSE. 

Year 9

  • 20th Century Fiction – ‘Lord of the Flies’ 
  • Non-Fiction Reading 
  • Transactional Writing
  • Shakespeare – Power, ambition and magic
  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry
  • Speaking and Listening 

Year 10 and Year 11

Our attention turns fully to the GCSE course. All students will sit two GCSE’s: one in English Language and one in English Literature using the EDUQAS exam board. Full specifications can be accessed on the Eduqas Website.

In English Language, students focus on developing their reading and writing skills through a range of modes. Students will sit two exam papers: 

Paper One – 40% of final grade

Section A – Twentieth Century Fiction

Section B – Creative Writing 1 hour, 45 minutes 40% of the final grade

Paper Two – 60% of final grade

Section A – 19th and 21st Century Fiction

Section B – Transactional/Persuasive Writing 2 hours 60% of the final grade. 

In English Literature, students student a myriad of prose and poetry from a traditional literacy canon. Students learn how to analyse and evaluate texts in detail commenting on the writer’s method (language, form and structure), their purpose and how a text can be linked to or influenced by the time in which it was written. Students will sit two exam papers:

Paper One – 40% of final grade

Section A – Shakespeare (Macbeth)

Section B – Poetry Anthology 2 hours 40% of the final grade

Paper Two – 60% of final grade

Section A – Post-1914 Prose (An Inspector Calls)

Section B – 19th Century Prose (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde)

Section C – Unseen Poetry 2 hours, 30 minutes

Across the two years, students will visit and revisit each area of the course aiming to gain a thorough understanding of the texts and to fully develop their reading and writing skills. Students are encouraged to maintain a detailed workbook which will prove of great importance to them when they come to revise the course content as the exam period approaches. 

Assessment

At all Key Stages, students are assessed regularly throughout the year.

  • At Key Stage 3 students complete a formal GCSE assessment task every term which cover the key GCSE skills in Language: Reading and Writing. Their work is also marked and monitored throughout the half term.
  • At Key Stage 4 students will be tracked and regularly assessed as part of their preparation for the final exams at the end of year 11.

 How can I help my son/daughter?

  • Every student in Years 7 and 8 is required to complete a minimum of 20 minutes reading each night. You will be required to sign a sheet in their planner weekly to verify this is being completed;
  • At all Key stages, asking your son/daughter to talk about their lessons and what they are learning will help them consolidate their understanding and develop their ideas and knowledge;
  • Encouraging all students to proof-read and correct or improve all of their work (including in other subjects) will help create more independent, critical learners and help establish a very beneficial routine for your son/daughter;
  • Enquire after set homework, or check the ‘Show my Homework’ website to make sure homework is completed on time;
  • At Key Stage 4, encourage regular revision. Various web sites are available, but the BBC GCSE Bitesize is particularly useful offering notes, video clips and test questions on a range of skills and texts.
  • Students in Year 11 will also be issued revision guides for all the main texts. Please make sure they are using these to revise at home.

 

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