English

Department Aims

The English department consists of ten well-qualified, subject-specialist teachers and has five specialist English classrooms, all of which are equipped with interactive whiteboards. The English department are committed to delivering the English curriculum in an interesting and engaging way, that supports and appeals to all learners. We use a variety of techniques and teaching styles to make lessons interactive, as well as ensuring all pupils reach their full potential.

Key Stage 3

In years 7, 8 and 9 pupils study a variety of prose, poetry and drama texts to develop and extend their knowledge and understanding.

Year 7: Introduction to KS3 English

In year seven, students begin to explore the variety of texts they will be exposed to throughout their career in English at Hall Green. Topics include; Time Travelling through Literature, an exciting unit which introduces students to texts ranging from Beowulf to Harry Potter.

Year 8: Developing English Skills

In year eight, students continue to explore a range of different topics including their first full study of a Shakespeare play. We also begin to integrate GCSE exam skills to develop students’ understanding and confidence.

Year 9: Transition to KS4

In year nine, students study units designed to support their success at GCSE. Students are introduced to the GCSE exam papers and develop core skills such as analysing literature texts and writing for audience and purpose.

Key Stage 4

English is a core subject at GCSE, and is studied by all pupils during Years 10 and 11. All pupils follow the AQA Specification syllabus for English Language and English Literature. From September 2015, all assessments are terminal exams and there are no tiers of entry for English Language and Literature.

Throughout both years ten and eleven, students follow a rigorous programme of study designed to prepare them for both mock examinations throughout the year and their final GCSE exams at the end of the course. Units range from the study of literary classics such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to contemporary non-fiction texts. Students experience innovative and exciting lessons that allow them to access the vast content in a way that is engaging and interesting. Students’ achievement is tracked throughout years ten and eleven and further support is offered by the department if students are making less than expected progress.

 

English Language 

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

One written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes     (80 marks)

50% of English Language GCSE

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

One written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes     (80 marks)

50% of English Language GCSE

English Literature

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel

One written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes     (64 marks)

40% of English Literature GCSE

Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry

One written exam: 2 hours 15 minutes     (96 marks)

60% of English Literature GCSE

For further details, please contact Miss Rose, Head of English or consult www.aqa.org.uk

Year 7 parents:
Mon 12/11/2018 is Year 7 "Settling in" Evening for Lorien and Shire Houses
Tue 13/11/2018 is Year 7 "Settling in" Evening for Rivendell and Isengard Houses

3:30pm until 4:30pm.

Past pupils can collect art work from today onwards! You need to contact Mr Kennard to arrange this so work can be ready for you in reception. Please email at j.kennard@hallgreen.bham.sch.uk. Thanks!

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