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Ridgewood

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English

The English Faculty sets its vision as making ‘Independent and curious readers, writers and thinkers.’

One of our largest faculties, the English team consists of  ten full-time and  two part-time teachers in addition to one part-time subject specialist intervention lead. The department is led by a Head of English, with leaders responsible for the provision of key stages 3, 4 and 5. All students are taught in ability groups – currently with the exception of Year 7 who are taught in their form groups - determined by their KS2 information, baseline assessments, and targets so that teaching can be tailored to best suit the needs of groups and the individual.  

The members of the English faculty pride themselves on being passionate about their subject and dedicated in their efforts to enable students to achieve the best outcomes they can. Lessons in English are characterised by teachers conveying and encouraging enthusiasm for all aspects of English: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students have the opportunity to experience a range of texts from different writers from different time periods and around the world to enrich their learning through diverse literature. 

A typical lesson involves a high level of challenge, a combination of collaborative learning and independent activities, and detailed feedback and advice from the teacher about next steps and ways to improve. Lessons are planned carefully to challenge all students to make outstanding progress and achieve their targets. High standards of behaviour and expectations of written work and presentation are promoted at all times. A range of teaching and learning strategies are used to challenge students’ thinking and enhance key skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening. 

Outside the classroom, students are offered enrichment though extracurricular clubs in order to enhance their love of the subject. Additionally, KS4 and KS5, students’ learning is boosted by carefully planned intervention opportunities as part of the school day and bespoke after-school exam support sessions that are available to everyone studying English. 

For information about studying A level English Language and A level English Literature, please visit our Sixth Form courses page

KS3 

Year 7 Topics and Assessments: 

  • Fiction Writing – Heroes 

  • Shakespearean Villains 

  • Poetry From Other Cultures 

  • Non-Fiction Reading and Writing – Ghost Boys Novella 

  • Literature Through the Ages 

Students will be undertaking summative assessments in weeks 6, 18 and 30 of the school year, as well as completing further formative pieces of work throughout the year. 


Year 8 Topics and Assessments: 

  • Gothic Fiction 

  • Romeo and Juliet 

  • Fiction Reading - Animal Farm 

  • Fiction Reading - Brother in the Land 

  • Non-Fiction Writing – Social and Political Issues 

Students will be undertaking summative assessments in weeks 7, 19 and 31 of the school year, as well as completing further formative pieces of work throughout the year. 


What support can I offer as a parent/carer? 

  • Purchase copies of set texts: Romeo and Juliet, Animal Farm (sets 1 and 2), Brother in the Land (sets 3 and 4). 

  • Promote reading at home. 

  • Encourage students to access resources on Microsoft Teams in their year group folder. 

  • Access websites such as BBC Bitesize and Sparknotes for extra learning opportunities. 

  • Create flashcards and other revision materials (quizzes, mind maps) as they go through topics to help with retrieval of key content. 


Useful web links: 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zykdmp3 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3kw2hv 

http://www.sparknotes.com/ 

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110809101133/nsonline.org.uk/node/20683 

KS4 

At GCSE, students follow the AQA English GCSE specification:

Year 9, 10 and 11 and follows a scheme of learning which introduces new content that best prepare students for their English Language and Literature exams while practising and further enhancing the key skills taught at KS3. 

Students will sit four English exams in total and will gain two GCSEs: one for English Language and one for English Literature. 

The English Language papers are assessed with 100% examination at the end of Year 11: 

Paper 1 – 1 hour 45 minutes: Fiction (80 marks) 

Paper 2 – 1 hour 45 minutess: Non-Fiction (80 marks) 


2020/21 Cohort Only

The English Literature papers are assessed with 100% examination at the end of Year 11: 

Paper 1 – A Christmas Carol and An Inspector Calls (64 marks) 

Paper 2 – Macbeth and Unseen Poetry (64 marks) 

*Please note that due to changes to the 2020/21 exams, students will not answer questions on the AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology as part of their English Literature GCSE. 


2021 Onwards

The English Literature papers are assessed with 100% examination at the end of Year 11: 

Paper 1 – 1 hour 45 minutes: Macbeth and A Christmas Carol (64 marks) 

Paper 2 – 2 hours 15 minutes: An Inspector Calls, Poetry Anthology and Unseen Poetry (96 marks) 

The full specification can be found at: 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english 


Year 9 Topics and Assessments: 

  • Dystopian Fiction 

  • A Christmas Carol 

  • An Inspector Calls 

  • Poetry Anthology – War Poems 

Students will be undertaking summative assessments in weeks 8, 30 and 32 of the school year, as well as completing further formative pieces of work throughout the year. 


Year 10 Topics and Assessments: 

  • Poetry Anthology – War Poems 

  • Crime and Punishment – Non-Fiction Reading and Writing 

  • Poetry Anthology – Non-War Poems 

  • An Inspector Calls 

Students will be undertaking summative assessments in weeks 9 and 21 in addition to mock exams in week 37 of the school year. Students will also complete further formative pieces of work throughout the year. 


Year 11 Topics and Assessments: 

  • Fiction Reading and Writing – Language Paper 1 

  • Macbeth – Literature Paper 2 

  • Unseen Poetry- Literature Paper 2 

  • Non-Fiction Reading and Writing – Language Paper 2 

  • A Christmas Carol – Literature Paper 1 

  • An Inspector Calls – Literature Paper 1 

Students will be undertaking mock exams in weeks 8 and 20 of the school year. Students will also complete further formative pieces of work throughout the year. 


How can students be successful and what support can I offer as a parent/carer? 

  • Purchase copies of set texts: Macbeth, An Inspector Calls, A Christmas Carol – available on Parent Pay. 

  • Purchase revision guides for set texts and language skills – available on Parent Pay. 

  • Encourage students to access resources on Microsoft Teams. 

  • Access websites such as Lit Charts, BBC Bitesize and Sparknotes. 

  • Use the AQA website to access specimen exam papers and mark schemes. 

  • Create flashcards and other revision materials (quizzes, mind maps) as they go through topics across KS4. 


Useful web links: 

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702 

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700 

www.sparknotes.com/ 

www.cambridge.org/ukschools/subjects/english/ 

www.litcharts.com 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zcbchv4 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zxqncwx