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English

 
All pupils and students at Hagley Catholic High School follow a taught course of English. The Department is made up by ten specialist teachers who are fully committed to the education of the pupils:
 
  • Ms. E Butler - Subject Leader of English - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Mrs. E Aston - Assistant Subject Leader of English with KS3 responsibility - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Mrs. K Morris - Assistant HT, Director of Sixth Form, Teacher of English - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Mrs. L Cooper - Teacher of English  with responsibility for KS4 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Miss. R Mason - Teacher of English - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Mrs. M Aitken-Lomax - Head of Year 9, Teacher of English with responsibility for whole school literacy (P/T) - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Mrs. L Clements - Teacher of English Language (Currently On Maternity leave) - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Mrs. C Fitzpatrick - Teacher of English (P/T) - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Mrs K. Robertson - Teacher of English (P/T)  (Currently On Maternity leave) - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Mrs. R White - Teacher of English (P/T) - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Mr A. Detheridge - Teacher of English (Maternity leave cover) - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Mr N Smith - Teacher of English (Maternity leave cover) - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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  • Mrs. R Jenkinson - Head of Year 10, Teacher of Drama with English - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
 
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English

 

This page outlines the topics taught in each term through Key Stage 3 (years 7 to 9), along with an overview of how assessments will take place.

 

Year 7

Autumn Term*

Spring Term*

Summer Term*

Autobiography W R baseline

Spoken English – presenting

Dystopian Story Openings  W

Author Study: Shakespeare

Novel: W R

Spoken English debating

Exam Prep R & W

Playing with Poetry W SpE recitation

Author Study 2: William Wordsworth

Grammar for Writing Horror: W

Throughout the year:    Bronze reading award one lesson a fortnight and reading for pleasure every week.

HW Project: on Haggle: Language for Literature.

*Topic rotation will vary for different classes.

 

During the year, pupils will be assessed on their written skills, reading comprehension and spoken English tasks.

At the end of the year, pupils will be assessed by a reading and writing exam in class, in addition to ongoing assessments of written skills, reading comprehension and spoken English tasks.

 

Year 8

Autumn Term*

Spring Term*

Summer Term*

Designing Descriptive

Writing: W

Author Study 1: Coleridge

Comparing Powerful Poetry: R

Novel

R or W

SpE – presenting

Exam Prep R W

Grammar for Writing Fiction: W

Author Study 2: Blake

Our Day Out: R

SpE – debate

Throughout the year:    Silver reading award one lesson a fortnight and reading for pleasure every week.

HW Project: on Haggle: Language for Literature.

*Topic rotation will vary for different classes.

 

During the year, pupils will be assessed on their written skills, reading comprehension and spoken English tasks.

At the end of the year, pupils will be assessed by a reading and writing exam in class, in addition to ongoing assessments of written skills, reading comprehension and spoken English tasks.

 

Year 9

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Comparing Gothic literature: R

SpE – role play

Author Study 1:

Romeo and Juliet: R

Sp E – role play

Novel: R or W

Exam Prep R W

Grammar for Discursive and Rhetorical writing: W

Author Study 2

Bridging unit TBC

Throughout the year:    Silver reading award one lesson a fortnight and reading for pleasure every week.

*Topic rotation will vary for different classes.

 

During the year, pupils will be assessed on their written skills, reading comprehension and spoken English tasks.

At the end of the year, pupils will be assessed by a reading and writing exam in class, in addition to ongoing assessments of written skills, reading comprehension and spoken English tasks.

W = writing assessment             R = reading assessment                        SpE = Spoken English assessment.

 


 

English Language & English Literature

 

All exams will take place at the end of Year 11. 

 

1. AQA GCSE English Language (4705)

Unit 1: External Examination (2 hours)

40% of the total GCSE marks

Unit 2:

Speaking and Listening (20%)

Unit 3: Controlled Assessment

40% of the total GCSE marks

 

2. AQA GCSE English Literature (4710)

Unit 1: External Examination (2 hours)

40% of the total GCSE marks: Exam on Drama and Prose Text

Unit 2: External examination (1 hour 15 minutes)

35% of the total GCSE marks: Exam on Poetry Text

Unit 3: Controlled Assessment

25% of the total GCSE

 

Examination Board: AQA Syllabus Codes: 4705 / 4710

Head of Department: Dr. J. Breen

 

 


 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

 

TRAINING STUDENTS TO THINK AND ANALYSE, TO QUESTION AND INTERROGATE, TO RESEARCH AND INVESTIGATE, AND TO BE REFLECTIVE AND CRITICAL.

 

WHAT YOU STUDY

You will study a wide range of texts and discourses. You will create texts and critically reflect on your own processes of production whilst analysing the texts produced by others.

 

HOW YOU STUDY

If you are interested in language and want to develop your knowledge about its structure and functions, the ways it has changed over time and how it varies as well as develop your skills as a writer then this course will be well suited to you.

English Language will enable you to:

• experience and respond to a range of texts through discussion, analysis and creative writing

• explore how purpose, audience and context impact upon language

• use linguistic methods to investigate a variety of texts and apply these within your own work.

You will study English Language through class teaching. There will also be individual investigation of texts with teacher support and guidance. There is plenty of opportunity to discuss issues and ideas and you will be expected to connect this with your experience of language and research by linguists. You will be expected to carry out wider reading and to complete tasks independently.

 

PROGRESSION TO UNIVERSITY

English Language can lead to a wide range of options when you progress to university including English degrees, Teaching and Journalism.

Effective communication and articulation of ideas are both essential work skills and highly valued by employers.

 

OTHER RELATED DEGREE COURSES

This course particularly complements Media Studies, Sociology, Psychology, History and other courses including arts and humanities.

 

OUR SUCCESSES

Recent students have gone on to study English, including a student at Oxford, others are studying English with PE and Primary Teaching.

 

GCSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

 

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A* to C including English Language at grade B.

 



 

ENGLISH LITERATURE

 

COMMITTED, EXPERIENCED AND QUALIFIED STAFF WITH A TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS.

 

WHAT YOU STUDY

The students will study a range of texts from different contexts and belonging to different genres. Texts in the first year will range from William Shakespeare’s Othello to Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and in the final year from Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar named Desire to the Nobel prize-winning Seamus Heaney’s Selected Poems.

 

HOW YOU STUDY

The teachers will devise a range of activities to facilitate learning and this is based on students working independently inside and outside of the classroom. The critical reading of English Literature texts, beyond the set examination texts, will enhance the opportunity for students to develop their understanding of writers’ methods, the basis for success in English Literature.

Visits to the theatre for the study of the interpretation of texts are organised although students should, where possible, visit the theatre, art galleries, cinema and participate in other cultural opportunities as they arise.

The English department provides challenge and aims to develop confident, independent and reflective readers of a range of texts. The ability to self-reflect and approach texts with an open mind will challenge student preconceptions and the ways in which texts can be read.

 

PROGRESSION TO UNIVERSITY

Success in studying English at university can lead to a variety of careers, not least in Law, Finance, Teaching and Media. Students trained to work independently, to think carefully, and to argue points of view succinctly and with precision are always in demand.

 

OTHER RELATED DEGREE COURSES

Students who have studied English literature A-level have gone on to successfully study Medicine, Pharmacy, Foreign Languages and Law.

 

OUR SUCCESSES

The department has achieved significant success at A grade and at pass grade for many years. In 2013, 91% of the 35 students achieved an A*- B grade and 43% achieved an A*-A.

Students who have done well in this subject:

Juliano Zaffino (Oxford, 2013)

Ruth Griffin (University of Sheffield, 2013)

 

COMBINES WELL WITH

The development of independent learning and thinking skills are central to the study of this A-level and, thus, it possesses a significant value with regard to the student’s wider study skills.

Further, the development of skills relating to thinking clearly, logically and rationally, arguing a case by the marshalling of relevant evidence, make English Literature a suitable complement for a variety of A-level subjects.

 

GCSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

 

Given the very demanding works of literature that must be studied independently, a grade B in English Literature would provide the basis for success.

 

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