English

 We believe that our inspiring and engaging English provision is vital in equipping our pupils with the skills, enthusiasm and determination to achieve their full potential at GCSE and to foster a lifelong love of learning.

Literature is at the heart of all Key Stages and we have chosen a variety of challenging texts to engage and encourage students to think independently. The Key Stage 3 curriculum focuses on challenge and depth; the thematic links between reading and writing allows students to use poetry, prose and drama texts as inspiration for their own creative writing.

Our lessons strive to develop students’ independence, resilience and analytical skills through a range of challenging activities including debates, role-play and group work. The department’s focus on developing writing skills and the promotion of accurate grammar and spelling ensures that students are fully prepared for the rigors of GCSE.

To support students academically, we run after school ‘masterclasses’ to focus on key skills at GCSE, grade 8 support sessions for most able students and GCSE A Level exam revision sessions at lunchtime and after school.

Drama

During Key Stage 3, pupils will explore a variety of theatre companies and dramatic techniques. We explore how Drama is used in both the theatre and the outside world. 

At GCSE, pupils have scope to study both performance and technical elements of production which allows us to adapt the course to individual students. Extra-curricular provision has provided pupils with a wide range of exciting opportunities including watching performances; meeting and working with professional actors; exploring the backstage of working theatres and even acting on the professional stage

Details of extracurricular activities

Outside of the classroom, we offer many opportunities for students to attend trips that bring English, media and drama to life. We hold regular trips to the theatre and have visited the Harry Potter Studios, Coronation Street set and Bronte Parsonage museum in the last two years.  We run lunchtime drama, film and creative writing clubs. Our sixth form students have the opportunity to become ‘Literacy Leaders’ to promote reading and literacy across the school and support younger readers through our ‘Paired Reading’ scheme. We are looking forward to launching BBC Schools News Report this year and are planning our whole school drama production.  

We are very proud of our popular and well-resourced library. Pupils are eager for our fortnightly library lessons at Key Stage 3 and our librarian, Mrs Hale, is always on hand to recommend a good book. Mrs Hale also runs lower and upper school book club, the popular Pupil Librarian Scheme and encourages the whole school to dress up for World Book Day to celebrate our love for reading!

Interesting pictures of field work/trips etc

Years 7-9

Introduction

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

 

Creative writing

 

Nature poetry

 

 

Detective stories- narrative writing

‘Shakespeare Showcase’- introduction to Shakespeare

 

Speaking and listening tasks linked to Shakespeare texts studied

Year 8

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

 

Narrative writing

 

Conflict poetry

 

 

Transactional writing on topic of modern conflict

Modern drama:

Blood Brothers by Willy Russell or A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller

Year 9

The American Novel:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee or

 

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

 

Poetry anthology and unseen poetry

 

Narrative writing inspired by the poetry anthology

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

 

 

Transition to GCSE unit


GCSE/Other

All students will study for two qualifications in English language and English Literature. Both courses follow EDUQAS GCSE (1-9). The course is challenging and wide-ranging with students studying Shakespeare, modern and pre-1914 poetry, engaging prose and drama texts and an assortment of relevant and thought-provoking non-fiction. Students will also have the opportunity to produce their own non-fiction texts and narrative pieces of writing.

There are no tiers of entry so all students will sit the same papers. The examination in the summer of year 11 is worth 100% of the qualification, therefore it is vital that students are organised with their year 10 notes and assessments, as they will need to revise independently throughout the course to maintain their knowledge of the texts and develop the skills required for success in the final exams.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 10

English language paper 1- 20th C prose reading and narrative writing

 

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

 

Poetry from EDUQAS anthology

 

 

 

An Inspector Calls, by J.B. Priestley

English language paper 2- non-fiction 19th C/21st C reading and transactional writing 

 

Component 3: Spoken language

Year 11

Literature Component 1: Shakespeare

Othello or Romeo and Juliet

 

Revise English language paper 1- 20th C prose reading and narrative writing

 

 

 

Poetry from EDUQAS anthology

 

 

Revise:

Language paper 1

A Christmas Carol

An Inspector Calls

Poetry

Unseen Poetry

 

Detailed specification is available at

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

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

Students will be provided with a copy of the set texts

Further reading/resources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/

http://www.englishbiz.co.uk

Information needed for St Hilda’s College Website:

A Level/BTEC

English Literature

“Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity.” -P. T. Barnum

Studying Literature at A Level is an enriching experience. Literature provides students with a passage to learning about the past, yet it also expands their understanding and knowledge of their world today. It enables them to ask questions, challenges their opinions and builds their critical thinking skills. Literature enables students to appreciate different cultures and beliefs, enhancing their insight and developing their ability to empathise. Above all, literature helps students connect with their own humanity, and conditions that affect all people such as love, death, justice, doubts and fears of success and failure, the need for friends and family and the goodness of compassion and empathy.

On this two-year course, students will have the opportunity to study a wide range of literature from various periods, and develop a vast number of skills. Students will follow the EDUQAS A Level specification, which is weighted 80% external examination and 20% coursework. The coursework component of the course allows students to foster their love of literature whilst developing their wider reading and independent research skills. Students will select a post 2000 novel of their choice to compare and contrast with a pre-2000 novel in a response to a question they have created. In order to produce a critical and challenging study of the chosen texts, students are required to explore the social historical contexts of the texts and engage with literary criticism. In preparation for this, students will visit the central library where they will have a tour of the library, an introduction to the academic texts and journals available to borrow, and begin to learn about formal referencing systems used when writing academic essays.

In conjunction with their studies, we give students the opportunity to visit the theatre to watch performances of the set drama texts. We also run an annual trip to the Bronte Parsonage where students have a talk on the Bronte sisters; take part in a guided tour of the local area; receive a lecture on the text they have studied and visit the parsonage museum.

English Literature

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

Component 2: Drama

A Streetcar Named Desire and The Duchess of Malfi

 

Component 1: Post 1900 Poetry

Duffy and Larkin

 

Component 2: Drama

A Streetcar Named Desire and The Duchess of Malfi

 

Component 1: Post 1900 Poetry

Duffy and Larkin

 

Component 3: Unseen Prose Introduction

 

Component 4: Coursework

Component 4: Coursework

 

 

Year 13

Component 1: Pre 1900 Poetry

John Donne Selected Poems

 

Component 2: Drama

Shakespeare’s King Leah

 

Component 4:

Coursework Final draft

 

Component 3: Unseen Prose and Poetry

 

Components 1 and 2

revisited for exam preparation.

Exam preparation and revision

Detailed specification is available at:

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-literature/as-a-level/

Textbooks used:

York Advanced Notes for set texts

English Language:

This A level course reflects how language is a creative tool for expression and social connection, as well as for individual cognition. The study of language as a symbolic system used to assert power in society is also fundamental to the scope of this course. Students learn about how language is employed and manipulated by different genders and social groups to gain power, status and identity. The course also discusses regional, ethnic, national and global uses of the English language and the history of the language’s development. Students are encouraged to independently explore language and debate attitudes to language in different contexts. This creative course allows students opportunities to complete original writing for a wide range of audiences, purposes and genres.

English Language

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

Grammar ‘boot camp’

 

 

Paper 1- Language and the individual

 

Paper 2- language varieties

 

Section B: Language

discourses

Non-exam assessment:

Language in action (worth 20%)

·         Language investigation

 

·         a piece of original writing and commentary

 

Year 13

Language Change

 

Section B: Children’s

language development

 

Textbooks used:

A/AS Level English Language for AQA Student Book (A Level (AS) English Language AQA) Paperback, 2015 by Marcello Giovanelli

AQA English Language B A2, 2013 by Felicity Titjen

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-7701-7702

Media Studies

Media studies is a truly contemporary subject that is relevant to all our pupils’ lives. The media saturates everything we do in the 21st Century; the course equips pupils with the tools to analyse, and critique the media and understand impact that the media has on our lives.

The independent coursework component encourages students to apply their learning in a critical and creative way through exploring aspects of the media that they find most engaging. This aspect of the course involves pupils making their own films, writing their own newspapers, setting up their own websites, creating their own music videos. Pupils interact with modern technology in lots of ways, using all the customary IT programmes such as word processing and presentation software as well as video and sound editing software; this course requires students to be hard working and open-minded and respond well to deadlines.

Alongside their studies, students will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of other opportunities such as: workshops at local universities, priority screening of upcoming films, visits to the National Media Museum in Bradford for various exhibitions, the Coronation Street set and the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studies near London. There has also been the opportunity to attend the Radio City Sound Academy, where students have spent the whole day working with professional radio broadcasters, learning “the ropes” and undertaking a specially prepared creative project, marked and judged by experienced producers at Radio City. This course provides excellent networking opportunities for students wishing to embark on a broadcasting career in the future, and a wealth of experience to prepare students for Higher Education.

 

Media Studies

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

·         Introduction to Media Studies.

·         Introduction to media language, key analytical frameworks and theories.

·         Introduction to media industries and ideologies.

·         Introduction to practical skills and the process of producing media texts.

 

 

·         Media representation – and issues and debates that arise.

·         Media representation – changing representations across time.

·         Introduction to unseen texts (Close Study Products).

·         Exploring media audiences and how the media shapes our world.

·         End of Year examination.

·         Non-exam assessment is introduced

Year 13

·         New and Digital media – a range of media texts and theories will be studied, that reflect the changing media landscape and reasons for the change.

·         Students will become more independent and will produce two case studies that reflect wider media contexts and debates.

·         Key theories explored in Year 13: Post Structuralism, Marxism and hegemony, liberal, feminism and post colonialism

·         First draft of independent investigative essay

 

·         Identities and the media – a range of media texts explored that show how the media shapes individuals’ identity.  Case studies are on-going, for both pre-set topics, and will focus on print, e-media and broadcast texts.

·         Both coursework pieces – investigative essay and linked production will be completed and submitted before Easter.

 

Final preparation for end of course examinations.

Past papers and focused revision of key theories to be applied to a wide variety of media texts, in preparation for the unseen paper.

 

 

  • “English lessons are always really fun.”
    Year 7 student

  • “My English teacher is helpful and supports me to always do my best.”
    Year 9 student

  • “I feel confident that I can fulfil my potential in English because I am taught the skills I need to do any task.”
    Year 11 Student

  • “I love English. It is so interesting and allows me to be creative.”
    Year 8 Pupil

  • "The books and poems we look at are fascinating and make me question and really think about the world around me.”
    Year 10 Student