Head of English

Mrs A Morgan – amorgan@ndonline.org

Aims

The English Department aim to develop the whole child and equip them with the language and communication skills which enable them to perform to the best of their ability in all subjects, not just English.

Our aims are:

  • To provide a safe and positive learning atmosphere which caters for all learning styles and motivates students to reach their full potential.
  • To acknowledge the relevance of students own experiences and value their individual contributions.
  • To develop confident students who are effective communicators and reflective thinkers, equipping them with skills which allow a confident participation in adult and student life.
  • To develop a love of Literature, Language and Media which encourages them to explore their own understanding of the world and themselves.
  • In essence we want to open student’s eyes to the possibilities in the world around them and equip them with the skills necessary to explore that world in full.

 

Curriculum

The details below give the area that your daughter will be covering: this include many skills and areas. If you need any more detail, then please contact her class teacher.

 

Years 7 & 8

Year 7

Term 1: Newspapers

Term 2: Dickens

Term 3: Advertising

Term 4: Origins of Language

Term 5: Novel

Term 6: Film Posters & Trailer

 

Year 8

Term 1: Novel

Term 2: Non Fiction Texts

Term 3: Poetry

Term 4: Chaucer

Term 5: Characters of Shakespeare

Term 6: Effective Writing

 

Key stage 4

At GCSE,  students gain 2 GCSEs in English,  AQA GCSE English Language and AQA English Literature, most will also gain a GCSE in AQA Media Studies. We begin preparing students for the GCSEs in Year 9 when students develop GCSE level skills across a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.

GCSE Literature texts studied

ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet or Macbeth,

Nineteenth Century NovelA Christmas Carol, Frankenstein or The Strange Case   

                                               of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

A modern playAn Inspector Calls

Poetry – 15 poems from an anthology collated by AQA alongside unseen poetry

analysis.

A range of non-fiction texts from 19th century to the present day are studied in preparation for the Language exams.

Key stage 5

Students will be preparing for exam and coursework which will be broken down into two distinct components by the teachers. We currently offer A Level English Literature, A level English Language and A Level Media Studies.

 

Target Setting

Targets will be transferred onto the department profile grid and transferred to the student planner. Students should be proactive in trying to meet their target and should open their planner to the target page of every lesson to check if they are meeting their targets. Students who have met one or more of their targets can have a postcard sent home informing their parents of their success. Assessments are then to be placed into students’ assessment files with the mark sheet.