In English Literature, students develop knowledge and skills in reading, writing and critical thinking in order to acquire knowledge of the best that has been thought and written and to appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage. Our course encourages students to read widely for pleasure, as well as developing understanding, fluency and stamina for reading through supported reading of a wide range of classic literature. Students learn to make connections across their reading, to read in depth and critically and evaluatively explain their understanding and ideas. In addition, they develop the skills to write accurately, effectively and analytically, using Standard English, a wide vocabulary and knowledge of literary and linguistic terms.
At KS3, we teach English Literature separately from English Language. Students are in mixed ability groups in order to generate high level understanding and responses from all students. Our schemes of work are divided about key writers and texts with a unifying objective to develop and extend core skills.
AAt KS4, students work towards the AQA English Literature qualification.
The current course studied by Year 11 includes a written controlled assessment (25%) and final examinations (75%). Students are assessed throughout their course through formative and summative assessment in class, as well as through formal mock examination.
The new AQA course studied by Year 9 and Year 10 is examined through 100% final examinations, 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. At KS3, students have a fortnightly homework task to complete an independent reading journal to encourage independent reading. Examples of homework tasks are:
• Use pp. 43-46 to draw an image of Charlie, Molly and Tommo which shows their friendship. Annotate with quotes.
• Research the genre of Gothic Literature and create a poster of Gothic features. Put information into your own words and reference your sources.
Homework is easily accessible to students through Show my Homework: https://peacehaven.showmyhomework.co.uk
Miss Madi Bliss, Head of Faculty: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Lauren Haywood, Lead Practitioner: email@example.com
Mrs Rosie Pannett, Lead Practitioner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Claire Willis, KS3 Coordinator: email@example.com
Mr Martin Jeeves, Intervention Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Michael Goble, Teacher of English: email@example.com
Mr Dan Hill, Teacher of English: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Michelle Pollard, Teacher of English: email@example.com
Mrs Sally Rodgers, Teacher of English: firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Sarah Thomas, Teacher of English: email@example.com
Ms Nicky Dimaline, Higher Level Teaching Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.