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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
  • Miss R Mason - 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 L Clements - Assistant Subject Leader of English with KS4 / A Level Language responsibility - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Mrs K Morris - Vice Principal, Director of Sixth Form, 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 10, Teacher of English with responsibility for whole school literacy  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Miss L Cooper - Teacher of English  -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Mrs C Fitzpatrick - Teacher of English -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Miss A Crosby - Teacher of English -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Mrs E Parker -  Teacher of English -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Mr G Pounder - AST, Teacher of Drama and English  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Useful web links

 

KS3:

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3kw2hv

Education quizzes: http://www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/english/

Suggested reading list for Year 9 pupils: https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks3-pupils/suggested-reading-list-for-year-9-pupils-ks3-age-13-14/

Suggested reading list for Year 8 pupils: https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks3-pupils/suggested-reading-list-for-year-8-pupils-ks3-age-12-13/

Suggested reading list for Year 7 Pupils: https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks3-pupils/suggested-reading-list-for-year-7-pupils-ks2-age-11-12/

 

GCSE:

BBC Bitesize Literature: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/examspecs/zxqncwx

BBC Bitesize Language: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/examspecs/zcbchv4

Sparknotes: www.sparknotes.com

Shmoop: www.shmoop.com

Lit Charts: www.litcharts.com

No Fear Shakespeare: www.nfs.sparknotes.com

 

A Level Literature:

British Library ‘Discovering Literature’: https://www.bl.uk/discovering-literature

Sparknotes: www.sparknotes.com

Shmoop: www.shmoop.com

Lit Charts: www.litcharts.com

No Fear Shakespeare: www.nfs.sparknotes.com

 

A Level Language:

English Language Blog: http://englishlangsfx.blogspot.co.uk/

Here's some links to resources for A Level Language:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c2opkala3zi3bgs/AABjUNpErbnVjsYyPPGP_w3ma?dl=0

 

The department is committed to enabling pupils to engage in regular learning outside of the classroom.

Previous excursions have included A Level Literature visits to see A Streetcar Named Desire at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre and a GCSE trip to ‘Poetry Live’ in Birmingham.

Educational visits such as ‘English in Action: Love through the Ages’ and the Worcestershire Schools A Level English Language conference have enabled our students to engage in academic study and discussion with their peers and gain insight in to studying the subject at undergraduate level.

The department has also organised ‘in house’ extra-curricular opportunities such as visiting theatre group’s production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ to all of year 11, as well as poetry competitions and creative writing workshops. 

 

English

 The KS3 English curriculum at Hagley aims to challenge pupils to reach their full potential, inspiring intellectual curiosity and a passion for both the written and spoken word. Our pupils will be equipped with the skills to become imaginative and empathetic pupils of English; they will develop the resilience to access a variety of different texts and be empowered with ambitious and academic vocabulary to explore perceptive ideas.

Throughout each year at KS3, pupils will study a prose text, poetry and Shakespeare. They will also look at a range of extracts, both fiction and non-fiction texts, from the 19th century through to the 21st century. Pupils will also work on their own writing skills producing their own creative writing and transactional writing pieces.

Throughout each year, pupils will be assessed in a levelled assessment for each topic. All assessments are linked to a key skill at GCSE.  

At the end of each year pupils will sit an end of year exam.

Year 7

 

Prose Study

Poetry & Shakespeare

Extracts – The Gothic

Writing

Speaking and Listening

 

Treasure Island

Or

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

 

 

 

 

War Poetry

A variety of extracts based on the Gothic genre. Both fiction and non-fiction texts from 19th, 20th and 21st century.

Writing inspired by the Gothic genre (to include a variety of forms)

Introduction to Shakespeare – focus on dramatic techniques
(to include a variety of Shakespeare’s plays as an introduction).

 

Year 8

 

Prose Study

Poetry & Shakespeare

Extracts - Survival

Speeches

Speaking and Listening

 

 

 

Stone Cold

Or

Hound of the Baskervilles

Or
Of Mice and Men

 

 

 

 

Grammar for Writing Poetry

Poetry from Other Cultures

 

 

A variety of extracts based on the Survival theme. Both fiction and non-fiction texts from 19th, 20th and 21st century.

 

 

Writing to argue and persuade

 

 

 

Text transformations

 

 

Year 9

 

 

Prose Study

 

Poetry & Shakespeare

Extracts – Crime and Punishment

Writing

Speaking and Listening

 

 

 

 

A Christmas Carol

 

 

 

 

 

Romeo and Juliet

 

A variety of extracts based on the Crime and Punishment theme. Both fiction and non-fiction texts from 19th, 20th and 21st century.

Writing to argue and persuade

 

Speaking and listening GCSE Assessment.

 

Discursive writing and Presentation (filmed for GCSE)

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

 

AQA GCSE English Language and Literature course overview

 

GCSE English Language

Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing: 1 hr 45mins, 50% of GCSE Language

Paper 2 Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives: 1 hr 45mins, 50 % of GCSE Language

 

GCSE English Literature

Paper 1 Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel: 1hr 45mins, 40% of GCSE  Literature

Paper 2 Modern Texts and Poetry: 2hrs 15 mins, 60% of GCSE Literature

 

NEA: spoken Language

 

The Literature texts studied at GCSE and suggested study

Students are advised to purchase their own copies of their set text and also study guides to help support their studies. We would recommend the Oxford edition for the set text and either York Notes or CGP for a suitable study guide.

 

 

Shakespeare  Macbeth

19th Century Novel  A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

Modern Text An Inspector Calls, Lord of the Flies or AQA Short Stories

AQA Poetry Anthology Love and relationships or Power and Conflict

 

Year 10

Autumn

GCSE English Literature Paper 1: Macbeth

GCSE English Language Paper 2: Persuasive writing

 

Spring

GCSE English Literature Paper 2: An Inspector Calls, Short Stories or Lord of the Flies

GCSE English Language Paper 1: Writing to describe/narrate

 

Summer

GCSE English Language Paper 1: Mock preparation

GCSE Lit Paper 2: Poetry 

 

Year 11

GCSE English Literature Paper 1: A Christmas Carol

GCSE English Language Paper 2

Revisit and revision of all papers.

 

 


 

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

Paper 1: Language the individual and Society 2hrs 30 minutes

Paper 2: Language diversity and Change 2hrs 30 minutes

Non Exam Assessment (Language Investigation and Original Writing)

 

How you study

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.

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.

 

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 9 - 4 including English Language at grade 6.

A Level English Literature

 

AQA A Level English Literature Specification A (7712)

 

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 Sylvia Plath’s Ariel.

 

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 2017, 93% of the 35 students achieved an A*- B grade and 54% achieved an A*-A.

Students who have done well in this subject:

Rachel Tudor (Oxford, 2017)

Isabelle Thibault (University of Warwick, 2017)

 

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 6 in English Literature would provide the basis for success

 



 

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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