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English forms an important base for all learning throughout the school and is vital for empowering students both in school and their future lives. The English Department at Ercall Wood Technology College is based on a love of English and is made up of a team who are passionate about teaching and their subject.  The team is an experienced and well-respected one that endeavours to make learning interesting and rewarding through a diverse range of experiences and activities in English Language and English Literature. The department is constantly looking to update and revitalise what is taught to students so that it is current, relevant and interesting for students. We also regularly explore different methods of teaching and delivery, so that students find English accessible, challenging and rewarding.

Department Facilities: The department is housed on the second floor of our new college, with excellent ICT facilities available to each classroom. All rooms feature the large interactive HD boards seen throughout the school and these are used to support exciting lesson delivery. We also have a quiet study area at the heart of the department, where students can work in small groups during or after lesson times. The library is situated next door to the English Department.

 

Department Staff:

Mr J Pledger (Head of Department)

Mrs  R Bridgman (Senior Lead Teacher for Pedagogy and Practice in English)

Ms  L Mannion

Miss  L Dixon 

Miss  Z Arif

Mrs L Hughes

The Curriculum: All students receive over eight hours of English during the two-week timetable. The curriculum is reviewed regularly to ensure that it matches the needs of our students; both last year and this current academic year have seen us add new texts and ‘Schemes of Learning’ to our curriculum in both KS3 and KS4, especially in light of the national changes to KS4 requirements.

Pupils begin their first term in Year 7 with a transition project whilst they settle into school life. This preliminary assessment also assists with the process of determining which set best suits each student. Students are taught in sets throughout Year 7, 8 and 9. Formative assessments take place every half term in order to ensure that all pupils are making progress and to enable appropriate target setting. Year 9 has been changed to form a basis for GCSE provision. This is an ongoing process and there will be further changes next year. Currently, Year 9 final assessments inform judgments of students at the end of the Key Stage. However, Year 9 is increasingly being used as a preparatory year for GCSE and students are expected to approach their learning in this fashion.

All students in Years 10 and 11 study English Language and English Literature GCSE. These are taught as separate subjects with different teachers for each.

The introduction of the new Eduqas syllabus awards on the basis of 100% examination. The work is divided carefully across Year 10 and Year 11 so as to allow at least a full term of revision at the end of Year 11 for the examinations. Students study a range of texts, including a 19th Century texts, a modern play, Shakespeare and an anthology of poetry. Speaking and Listening is also covered in the new curriculum, though whilst it is assessed formally, it does not contribute to the final Language or Literature grades and is instead reported separately.

Long-term planning

YEAR 7

AUT 1 Topics covered
Transition unit: ‘A Space Journey’ (2 weeks) followed by class reader ‘Cirque Du Freak’ (5 weeks) – focusing on a writer’s choice of language.

AUT 2 Topics covered
Zoos – a writing unit that teaches the skills of organising and linking texts.

SPR 1 Topics covered
Poetry study, focused on the interpretation of a writer’s use of language.

SPR 2 Topics covered
Voices’ spoken language – a unit that explores how the words we use is influenced by what we try to achieve with them.

SUM 1 Topics covered
The Gothic genre – using classic tales to inspire our own writing.

SUM 2 Topics covered
The short stories of Roald Dahl – looking at a writer’s purpose and the context in which stories are written understood.

Year 8

AUT 1 Topics covered
Students use a class reading book of their teacher’s choice to develop their skills of organising and sequencing texts, as well as creative writing.

AUT 2 Topics covered
Charities:
 persuasive writing and public speaking.

SPR 1 Topics covered
Macbeth:
 studying the context of the play and understanding how the text relates to its context.

SPR 2 Topics covered
Survival is the theme for this half term, with a unit based specifically on the fact that the new GCSE structure requires students to have read a wide range of text types.

SUM 1 Topics covered
Poetry of other cultures:
 understanding how poets choose language and learning how to create our own poetry.

SUM 2 Topics covered
‘Ten Sorry Tales’
 reading unit, in which students explore inferences in these macabre stories.

Year 9

AUT 1 Topics covered
Preliminary unit:Homelessness
 (2 weeks), after which students study the novel ‘Stone Cold’ (5 weeks), through which students look at how authors make language and structural choices.

AUT 2 Topics covered
A study of War Poetry makes up the majority of this unit (5weeks), though students follow this up with a unit (2 weeks) on debates and great speeches.

SPR 1 Topics covered
Writing skills and vital Speaking & Listening skills are honed in the Theme Parks unit that makes up the study for this half term.

SPR 2 Topics covered
Voices 2′
 spoken language – a development of prior learning, exploring how the words we use is influenced by what we try to achieve with them.

SUM 1 Topics covered
Shakespeare study
 is the focus of this half term, during which students will learn vital skills that prepare them for their GCSE study.

SUM 2 Topics covered
End of Key Stage assessment.
 Students undertake a study of key skills that prepare for GCSE, as well as being given their final assessment to determine targets and priorities for KS4.

Year 10

AUT 1 Topics covered
Controlled Assessment: Narrative Writing

AUT 2 Topics covered
Controlled Assessment: Descriptive Writing followed by the first Speaking & Listening assessment.

SPR 1 Topics covered
Controlled Assessment: Different cultures study.

SPR 2 Topics covered
Controlled Assessment: Spoken Language assessment.

SUM 1 Topics covered
Controlled Assessment: Shakespeare and poetry comparison.

SUM 2 Topics covered
Completion of second and third Speaking & Listening assessments. Revisit Controlled Assessments as necessary.

Year 11

AUT 1 Topics covered
Preparation for Component 1 of English Language examination, as well as studying A Christmas Carol in readiness of the English Literature exam.

AUT 2 Topics covered
Preparation for Component 2 of English Language examination and a continuation of A Christmas Carol.

SPR 1 Topics covered
Students revisit Component 1 of English Language as part of revision for their examination. They also study unseen poetry for the English Literature exam.

SPR 2 Topics covered
Students again revisit Component 2 of English Language as part of revision for their examination. Revision for the English Literature exam begins in earnest in this term.

SUM 1 Topics covered
Revision.

SUM 2 Topics covered
Revision.

Homework: The English team appreciates that parents/guardians see homework as a potentially valuable way to further the understanding of work covered by students in lessons. With this in mind, homework is set on a regular basis so that it supports what students are studying in the specific moment. For example, students studying the wonderful story Holes will be given homework in the first few weeks that encourages students to explore some of the key themes in the novel, but later in the unit they will be set homework to further their skills in analyzing language and writer’s intent. Teachers are responsible for setting personalized and focused homework to best meet the requirements of their classes and this is usually set once every two weeks.

Additional information: Pupils have the opportunity to enrich their experience of English further through a number of extra-curricular activities and visits. The department regularly runs trips to the theatre. We also participate in local and national literary competitions and organise internal drama performances, in addition to extra-curricular booster sessions. All pupils are encouraged to read widely and have the opportunity to participate in a mentor reading scheme.

New specifications

http://eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-language/gcse/

http://eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-literature/gcse/