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Ridgewood

School

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 twelve full-time and one part-time members of staff. The department is led by a Director of English, with leaders responsible for the individual provision of KS3, 4 and 5. All students are taught in ability groups determined by their KS2 information, baseline assessments, and targets.

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, as well as the chance to be creative and produce their own narratives, poetry and even plays. A typical lesson involves a high level of challenge, a combination of collaborative, interactive group tasks, 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 develop key skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening – consolidated by weekly home learning which focuses on developing high levels of literacy and exam skills.

Outside the classroom, students are offered a range of trips and clubs in order to enhance their love of the subject. Trips to the theatre regularly take place for students at all key stages, and the chance to enter a variety of writing competitions is made available to students to nurture their talents. Additionally, KS4 and KS5, students’ learning is boosted by a bespoke exam support session available to everyone studying English.

 

KS3 

What support can I offer as a parent?

  • Purchase copies of set texts.
  • Encourage students to access resources on the VLE.
  • Access websites such as BBC Bitesize and Sparknotes.
  • Create flashcards and other revision materials (quizzes, mind maps) as they go through topics.
  • Improve assessments at home using class teacher’s feedback.

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 

Students follow the AQA English Language and English Literature GCSE specifications.

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

  • Purchase copies of set texts.
  • Purchase revision guides for set texts and language skills (from the English Department).
  • Encourage students to access resources on the VLE.
  • For language, encourage students to find and collect any interesting non-fiction or literary non-fiction texts and create a scrapbook.
  • Access websites such as BBC Bitesize and Sparknotes.
  • Use AQA website to access specimen exam papers and mark schemes.
  • Create flashcards and other revision materials (quizzes, mind maps) as they go through topics in Y10 and Y11.
  • Improve mock exams at home using class teacher’s feedback.

Useful web links:

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

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

http://www.sparknotes.com/

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

http://www.litcharts.com

KS5 

At A Level, students can study English Language, English Literature, or both. AQA is the exam board in all cases.

More details of our A Level English courses can be found in the Sixth Form section of this website.

Useful web links:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-7701-7702

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-literature-a-7711-7712

http://www.sparknotes.com/

http://www.bl.uk/

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

www.litcharts.com