English faculty (incl. MFL)

Head of Faculty: Ms S Lewin.

The English Faculty encompasses students’ study of both English and Modern Foreign Languages.

KS3 Statement of Intent: English

In Key Stage Three we build on students’ prior knowledge and skills and help them to develop them further. We introduce them to a range of different text types and genres such as: Poetry, Stories from other cultures, War poetry and Autobiography extracts, Dystopian Fiction and a range of non-fiction texts to explore. These are used to engage students with a wide range of literature that will broaden their knowledge and horizons. As we move through KS3 we aim to equip students with the skills and competencies to enable them to successfully access the content and curriculum at KS4.

Year 7
In Year 7 we build upon some of the reading and writing skills students would have started to develop at KS2. For all students of all abilities to develop reading and writing skills needed within English to enable them to cultivate an appreciation for a range of different texts and be able to explore them from a personal perspective, exploring their own ideas of culture and identity and comparing them to different cultures from around the world through a range of literature. They also explore other genres such as Gothic Literature as well as beginning to explore some of the works by William Shakespeare.

Year 8
In Year 8, we continue to build upon student’s reading, writing and communication skills as well as developing their creativity, analysis, and evaluative skills. Developing their understanding of why context is significant when exploring literature. We explore ideas of war through a range of literary sources such as Novels, WW1 Poetry Autobiographies, Victorian Gothic as well as Shakespeare. Students also develop their own creative writing skills, through a range of different writing techniques and purposes.

Year 9
In Year 9, students develop their reading, writing and communication skills in preparation for the GCSE Language and Literature course. Students explore Dystopian Literature and Victorian Crime writing – examining both fiction and non-fiction texts. They also develop their understanding of Shakespeare’s language, ideas and perspectives.

KS3 Statement of Intent: Modern Foreign Languages

Years 7, 8, 9
The aim is to help pupils understand and respond to spoken and written French from a variety of authentic sources, and increase confidence for speaking with accurate pronunciation.  To enable development of the breadth and depth of pupils’ competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE) Statement of Intent: English

Students of all abilities will develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts covering diverse cultures and time periods, as well as writing clearly, coherently, creatively and accurately