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Great Wyrley Academy

Great Wyrley Academy

English

Meet the team:

Miss J Alton – Faculty Director of English

“After completing a degree in English Literature, I began my teaching career in 2013 and have been working at Great Wyrley since September 2015, when a new English department was created. I am extremely ambitious and driven, with a strong passion for supporting and encouraging the progress and attainment of all students and colleagues.”

Miss Z Edwards – Assistant Headteacher

“I discovered my love of English Literature at university and wanted to share this with others, so completed my PGCE in Secondary English. I have been teaching for 12 years, and I still enjoy the job today as much as I did back then!”

Mrs M Wright – Faculty Deputy of English

“After gaining my BA in English Language and Sociolinguistics, I opted for a PGCE in Secondary English and Drama, and haven’t looked back since! For 10 years I have enjoyed seeing my pupils flourish and succeed in their exams, and look forward to continuing to do so for the rest of my career.”

Mr B Stevens – Teacher of English

“Following my degree in combined English and Sociology I embarked upon a PGCE having always had an interest in helping young people to enjoy literature. I have been teaching for almost 20 years and have a passion for my subject area.”

Mr A Broadhurst - Teacher of English

"I have been teaching English for over 16 years and have 9 years A-Level teaching experience. My particular areas of expertise are poetry and the teaching of novels.  I believe that teaching and learning should be fun, as that which is entertaining is also memorable. I have had many successes throughout my teaching career including helping students achieve Grade 9s in the Summer of 2017. I look forward to bringing my passion and enthusiasm to Great Wyrley."

Learning Journey:

The English curriculum has been designed to give students the best possible chance at maximising their potential at GCSE level. From as early as year 7 students are taught GCSE skills to ensure these are embedded in preparation for GCSE. Within English, we study a wide range of literature from the 19th/20th and 21st centuries and offer extensive opportunities for both creative and functional writing. Students are also given a wide selection of extra-curricular activities, including becoming a member of the Literacy Ambassador Team.

Year 7

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

Study of a 20th century fiction text and the exploration of literature from a range of significant British writers throughout history.

Study of a WW1 novel and poetry from significant war poets. An introduction to the world and works of Shakespeare.

Creative writing (Narrative and Descriptive) 19th Century Fiction and  Non-Fiction study.

How I will be assessed:

Skills will be assessed through 2 written assessments (Reading and Writing.)

Skills will be assessed through 2 written assessments (Reading and Writing.)

Skills will be assessed through 2 written assessments (Reading and Writing.)

Opportunities for wider learning:

Functional and creative writing skills. The study of key authors and research opportunities to further the breadth of knowledge.

Author research and study- contextual fact-files.

Contextual fact-files, script writing, performance planning.

Year 8

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

Study of a WWII novel and the exploration of a range of fiction from the gothic genre, including the inception of creative writing.

20th Century Fiction and additional 21st Century Non-Fiction based on social issues faced in the modern ages.

Introduction and evaluation of Shakespeare’s villains.

Poetry anthology study.

20th Century drama study.

How I will be assessed:

Skills will be assessed through 2 written assessments (Reading and Writing.)

Skills will be assessed through 2 written assessments (Reading and Writing.)

Skills will be assessed through 2 written assessments (Reading and Writing.)

Opportunities for wider learning:

Functional and creative writing.

Performance opportunities, creative and functional writing.

Contextual research gathering and performance opportunities.

Year 9

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

Study of a 21st century novel and the exploration of WWII poetry alongside creative writing.

Shakespeare study: Macbeth and Unseen poetry analysis in preparation for GCSE.

Introduction to GCSE: Victorian Literature and Drama study.

How I will be assessed:

Skills will be assessed through 2 written assessments (Reading and Writing.)

Skills will be assessed through 2 written assessments (Reading and Writing.)

Skills will be assessed through 2 written assessments (Reading and Writing.)

Opportunities for wider learning:

Functional writing, analytical skills and research opportunities.

Performance opportunities and contextual information gathering.

Contextual information gathering and performance opportunities.

Year 10

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

Study of GCSE Literature texts: ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘An Inspector Calls.’

Study of GCSE Eduqas poetry Anthology.

Study of Shakespeare play: ‘Macbeth.’

Study of GCSE English Language, including narrative and transactional writing.

Speaking and Listening Assessments.

How I will be assessed:

Mock examination based on each completed unit of study.

Regular classroom assessed mini-essay responses.

Mock examination based on each completed unit of study.

Regular classroom assessed mini-essay responses.

Mock examination based on each completed unit of study.

Regular classroom assessed mini-essay responses.

Opportunities for wider learning:

Contextual study, Quotation memory activities, Language analysis.

Contextual study (for poetry), Quotation memory activities, Language analysis.

Non-Fiction analysis 19th Century Fiction reading.

Year 11

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

Poetry Anthology Revision.

GCSE English Language revision, tailored to national pre-public examinations.

Revision of ‘A Christmas Carol’ ‘An Inspector Calls’ and ‘Macbeth.’

Focus on the analysis of unseen poetry.

Creative and Narrative writing revision.

Examination season commences: tailored revision sessions for individual group needs.

How I will be assessed:

Mock examination based on each completed unit of study.

Regular classroom assessed mini-essay responses.

Mock examination based on each completed unit of study.

Regular classroom assessed mini-essay responses.

 

Opportunities for wider learning:

Walking-Talking mock examinations. After-school intervention.

Extended revision, quote memory and after school intervention.

 

Useful Links/Resources that will help to consolidate learning:

https://www.bbc.com/education/examspecs/zpxh82p

https://www.bbc.com/education/examspecs/zw9mycw

www.sparknotes.com

www.eduqas.com (GCSE Examination board)

CGP Text guides and workbooks available to purchase from the School Library.

Regular intervention packs given to KS4 to consolidate learning.

Homework and activities set in line with school policy to consolidate learning in both Key Stages.

Extra-curricular activities:

  • Spelling Bee with Mrs Wright on Wednesday lunchtimes.
  • Song writing with Mr Stevens on Tuesday lunchtimes.
  • Year 7 Literacy games with Mrs Read on Thursday Lunchtimes
  • Debate Club with Miss Edwards on a Friday lunchtime.
  • Reading/Media club with Miss Alton on a Wednesday.
  • Year 11 Intervention- after school on Tuesdays.
  • Year 11 Form Time Intervention
  • Reading Intervention: Corrective Reading.
  • Accelerated Reader.