Who we are:
Head of Department – Ms Bodle
Second in Department/KS3 co-ordinator – Miss Green
Lead Practitioner – Mr Minshull
Teacher of English – Miss Allen
Teacher of English – Miss Meek
Teacher of English – Mrs Bestel
Teacher of English and Media – Mr Segal
Instructor of English – Mr French
Key Stage 3:
You will study a range of texts, from Shakespeare to Victorian Literature, Gothic Literature to modern day works of art. You will begin to develop the skills required to study English at Key Stage 4.
You will develop as a writer, producing texts designed to engage, enthral, inform and persuade your audience. You will develop your own writing style and voice, and develop verbal communication skills, ready for a world post education.
You will be assessed fortnightly on the skills that you have studied and developed. You will be able to track your own progress using your target and progress sheets.
Key Stage 4:
You will continue to develop analytical, evaluative and comparative skills established at Key Stage 3, enabling you to respond to examination questions appropriately and thoroughly. As a department, and following extensive research we have chosen Edexcel as our exam board.
The English qualifications are in Literature and Language, and demand a specific set of skills for both:
You will study a Shakespearean play, a post 1914 play or novel and a 19th Century play or novel. You will also study fifteen poems from the Conflict Anthology. There is a need to not only have an understanding of the texts, but be able to recall key information from them, including relevant quotations, character profiles, themes and plot lines.
You will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, identifying, analysing and evaluating their purpose and audience. You will enhance your writing skills developed at KS3 and produce a transactional piece and an imaginative piece. You will be assessed on your use of spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Assessment for English Language takes the form of two terminal examinations, totalling 3 hours and 45 minutes. You will use inference, analysis, synthesis and evaluative skills in order to complete the reading section of the exam, and imaginative writing skills to answer to respond to the writing section of the paper.
Assessment for English Literature takes the form of terminal examinations totalling 4 hours. You will use analysis to engage with a Shakespeare play, a post 1914 text and a Victorian novel. You will compare both seen and unseen poems. The Literature exams are ‘closed book’, so knowledge of the texts, plot lines, characters, themes and quotations are vital.
Spoken Language Endorsement:
As well as completing four formal examinations, students will also take part in the spoken language endorsement during year 10. This certificate enables a student to demonstrate excellent communication skills in a group setting. Some students will be selected to be video recorded and their recordings sent to the exam board as evidence of good practice.
Key Stage 5:
The English department currently offer Creative Writing at A level, and plan to offer A level English Language from September 2017. This will provide your student with higher level study and include the analysis of language from 1550 to the modern day, and the development of language in children from 0 – 8 years.
KS3: Home learning is set once a week, enabling students to develop skills introduced within lessons. Students are also expected to read regularly, from a genre of their choice.
KS4: Home learning will be set twice weekly: one piece will be a formally written response and the other will be linked to the PiXLit App. Students will also be expected to revise the Literature texts in preparation for the exams.
Skills for the Future:
Although a compulsory subject, we believe that the English curriculum available for your child at New Line Learning, provides a stimulating, engaging and practical way of preparing individuals for a future post compulsory education. A GCSE in either English Literature or Language is desirable in the fields of further education, employment and apprenticeship. A GCSE in English Literature or Language can open doors to careers in marketing, public relations, teaching, broadcasting, TV and theatre work, publishing and journalism, the legal profession, and various other career paths.
Please email Head of Department, Ms Bodle, on firstname.lastname@example.org. We would welcome any questions you might have regarding what the English Department can offer your child at New Line Learning.