Sixth Form Open Morning

Saturday 25th November 10am-12pm

English

English

Staff, Teaching & Learning

  • Ms J Matthews Ms J Matthews
    Subject Leader English
  • Mr I CameronMr I Cameron
  • Mr M CarrollMr M Carroll
  • Ms C ChalkMs C Chalk
  • Miss C CheadleMiss C Cheadle
  • Miss G HaseldonMiss G Haseldon
  • Mr K JudgeMr K Judge
  • Ms K NorrisMs K Norris
  • Mrs S OMrs S O'Connor
  • Miss K OwensMiss K Owens
  • Ms V SherryMs V Sherry

The English Department at St. Ambrose Barlow allows pupils to develop a life-long love of learning and literature. Our ethos is to foster creativity and provide the platform for your child to embrace this ever-changing, fascinating and crucial subject. English is delivered through personalised schemes of work, utilising key concepts that underpin the study of the subject: competence, creativity, cultural understanding and critical understanding.

Pupils will engage and progress in the core areas of the new Key Stage 3 curriculum, building on existing skills in the principal areas of reading, writing and speaking and listening. These are assessed on a half-termly basis throughout KS3 (years 7-9). Ultimately their progress throughout KS3 will determine several decisions about their KS4 (GCSE) career.

Homework is set twice per week (in compliance with a school-wide homework timetable) and will take a variety of differing forms, such as: written tasks, planning, research, and spelling and grammar exercises.

Through a balanced, broad and engaging curriculum we aim , not only to deliver the skills and content outlines in the new national guidelines, but to foster enjoyment and a passion for English that goes beyond their secondary school experience.

Year 7

Pupils are encouraged to listen to one another and then asked to take part in group discussions. On many occasions they are given the opportunity to debate and develop arguments on a variety of issues and topics. To improve their reading, pupils can choose from a large range of material suited to their age and ability, and it is hoped that they gain much pleasure from this. Pupils have one guided reading lesson per week to promote independent and creative thought. They are taught to write clearly and accurately, using correct spellings and punctuation. Pupils learn to draft and revise work and are taught a wide range of grammatical rules. The Drama course in Year 7 involved pupils in investigating a range of topics and issues through various methods and forms. In Drama, we aim to develop confidence, creativity and sensitivity. Pupils are encouraged to widen their understanding of values and cultural change, as well as improving their physical and perceptual skills.

Year 8

Pupils are encouraged to listen to one another and then asked to take part in group discussions. On many occasions they are given the opportunity to debate and develop arguments on a variety of issues and topics. To improve their reading, pupils can choose from a large range of material suited to their age and ability, and it is hoped that they gain much pleasure from this. They are taught to write clearly and accurately, using correct spellings and punctuation. Pupils learn to draft and revise work and are taught a wide range of grammatical rules. The Drama course in Year 8 involved pupils in investigating a range of topics and issues through various methods and forms. In Drama, we aim to develop confidence, creativity and sensitivity. Pupils are encouraged to widen their understanding of values and cultural change, as well as improving their physical and perceptual skills.

Year 9

Pupils are encouraged to listen to one another and then asked to take part in group discussions. On many occasions they are given the opportunity to debate and develop arguments on a variety of issues and topics. To improve their reading, pupils can choose from a large range of material suited to their age and ability, and it is hoped that they gain much pleasure from this. They are taught to write clearly and accurately, using correct spellings and punctuation. Pupils learn to draft and revise work and are taught a wide range of grammatical rules.

Year 10

In this course pupils are studying two full AQA Board GCSE's in English Language and English Literature. Both GCSEs require pupils to demonstrate skills in listening, talking, reading and writing. Pupils must convey their ideas, knowledge, feelings and points of view on a range of literature as well as responding critically to non-fiction and media texts. 

Year 11

In this course pupils are studying two full GCSEs in English Language and English Literature. Pupils must convey their ideas, knowledge, feelings and points of view on a range of literature, including poetry, plays and 19th Century texts, as well as responding critically to non-fiction and media texts. Throughout the course, pupils will develop their synthesis, language, structure, comparison and evaluation skills. Written elements include writing narratives, descriptions and discursive texts. These skills are evaluated through examination. Pupils sit a total of four exam papers for English Language and Literature at the end of year 11.

 

 

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