In English Language, students develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in order o read fluently and write and communicate effectively. We use a wide range of texts as reading stimuli and engage with creative, as well as, real and relevant contexts. Students have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes. We strive to give our students a confident control of Standard English and the ability to write grammatically correct sentences, alongside the skills to deploy figurative language and analyse texts.
At KS3, we teach English Language separately from English Literature. Students are set by ability in order to ensure that all students are provided with tailored and differentiated lessons to fully support and extend their learning. Our half-termly schemes of work are divided thematically with a unifying objective to develop and extend core skills.
At KS4, students work towards the GCSE English Language qualification. In 2015-16, current Year 11 students are studying Cambridge IGCSE, whilst Y9 and Y10 students are working towards the AQA English Language qualification.
The IGCSE course includes written coursework (40%), a speaking examination (20%) and a final examination (40%). Students are assessed throughout their course through formative and summative assessment in class, as well as through formal mock examination.
The AQA course is examined through 100% final exam, as stipulated by Government reforms to qualifications. Students are assessed throughout their course through formative and summative assessment in class, as well as through formal mock examination.
Homework is set once per week in accordance with the homework timetable. Homework always includes learning 10 spellings that are tested in lesson.
All weekly spellings can be found in the planner. Examples of homework tasks are:question sheet to help direct your research
• Write a descriptive piece (one A4 side) or a poem about a friendship that has been important to you
• Using your notes, practise your speech with a friend or a member of your family. Ask them to time you (it should last three-four minutes) and then ask you questions about your topic.
Homework is easily accessible to students through Show my Homework: https://peacehaven.showmyhomework.co.uk
Miss Madi Bliss, Head of Faculty: email@example.com
Ms Lauren Haywood, Lead Practitioner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Rosie Pannett, Lead Practitioner: email@example.com
Mrs Claire Willis, KS3 Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Martin Jeeves, Intervention Coordinator: email@example.com
Mr Michael Goble, Teacher of English: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Dan Hill, Teacher of English: email@example.com
Mrs Michelle Pollard, Teacher of English: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Sally Rodgers, Teacher of English: email@example.com
Miss Sarah Thomas, Teacher of English: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Nicky Dimaline, Higher Level Teaching Assistant: email@example.com
A leaflet is available from the school if you would like more ideas about how to support your child with their reading, or click here to download a copy.
We have a brilliantly stocked library and our librarian, Mrs Hussey, is always on hand to help students choose reading material. Please see the library’s page on this website for information on joining the Southern Schools Book Award reading group or the Carnegie Award shadowing group.