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Park High School

English

 Welcome to the English Department

"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world."  - Philip Pullman

Head of Department:

Miss Arsenieva

e-mail: earsenieva.310@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Members of the Department:

Miss Arsenieva

Mr Molloy

Mrs Day-Haynes

Mr Haldenby

Mrs Lambert

Mrs Galdin O’Shea

Mrs Snowden

Mr Patel

Ms Hubbard

Ms Tonkyn

Miss Forrest

Mrs Tackley

Ms Kerai

Miss Piper

Ms Samani

Mrs Steinhof

Ms Halpin

Miss Wasu

Let’s Think in English (With King’s College)

Let’s Think in English is a teaching programme created since 2009 to help students develop the reasoning skills needed for success in English. This is vitally important for the new GCSE English examinations The programme consists of 30+ high-interest lessons all using English texts – fiction, poetry, non-fiction and film – with others being designed specifically to support GCSE, especially with 19th century and non-fiction texts. The lessons are designed to be used fortnightly over two years and involve reading, open-ended questioning and structured group discussion. They systematically develop students’ skills of inference, deduction and analysis, increasing their confidence, resilience, understanding and ability to express their ideas. In particular, they provide oral experience in drafting which will be essential in challenging timed GCSE examinations where students will need to draft effective evaluation and comparison answers at sight.

Language & Literature 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Subject Autumn Spring Summer

Language

Narrative writing - ‘Twisted Fairy tales’

Transactional writing focused on Park High School

Shakespeare

Literature

Modern Novel linked with Poetry on War/Childhood

Modern Novel linked with Poetry on War/Childhood

Shakespeare

Language

Narrative writing - ‘Twisted Fairy tales’

Students will explore fairy-tale genre conventions and write their own ‘twisted fairy tale’. Punctuation of direct speech is taught as part of this unit.

Transactional writing focused on Park High School.

This unit will develop students’ transactional reading and writing skills in connection with the BBC School News Report.

Literacy

Weekly Literacy lessons for year 7 support and underpin the teaching of grammar that is embedded throughout the English curriculum.

Modern Novel linked with Poetry on War/Childhood

Students will develop language analysis skills through the study of Michael Morpurgo’s novel. They will make links and connections with a selection of WWI poems.

Students will explore key characters and themes in one of Shakespeare’s plays, focusing on a selection of scenes. They will look at text in performance and engage in active approaches.

KS3 Assessment:
Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Year 8
 

Subject Autumn Spring Summer

Language

Analysis of advertising texts

News

 

Literature

C19th novel – Great Expectations

Poetry from other Cultures

Modern Short Stories

 

KS3 Assessment:
Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Key Stage 4

Over the course of years 9-11, students will tackle aspects of English Language and English Literature GCSE courses. We follow the AQA specification for English Literature and the Eduqas specification for English Language. 

Year 9
 

Autumn Spring Summer

An introduction to the modern novel

Shakespeare

Introduction to AQA Poetry Anthology

Narrative writing

Shakespeare

Spoken language preparation

KS4 Assessment:

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

All students will study for two GCSEs in English – Language and Literature.  Both courses will be assessed through terminal examination. Mock examinations for both courses will be sat in November. It is really important that students work on their literacy, as 20% of the English Language marks is awarded for the quality of their spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Year 10
 

All students will study for two GCSEs in English – Language and Literature.  Both courses will be assessed through terminal examination at the end of Year 11. Mock examinations for both courses will be sat in November/December. It is really important that students work on their literacy, as 20% of the English Language marks are awarded for the quality of candidates’ spelling, grammar and punctuation.

KS4 Assessment:

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

All students will study for two GCSEs in English – Language and Literature.  Both courses will be assessed through terminal examination. Mock examinations for both courses will be sat in November. It is really important that students work on their literacy, as 20% of the English Language marks is awarded for the quality of their spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Year 11
 

All students will study for two GCSEs in English – Language and Literature.  Both courses will be assessed through terminal examination at the end of Year 11. Mock examinations for both courses will be sat in December. It is really important that students work on their literacy, as 20% of the English Language marks are awarded for the quality of candidates’ spelling, grammar and punctuation.

KS4 Assessment:

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

All students will study for two GCSEs in English – Language and Literature.  Both courses will be assessed through terminal examination. Mock examinations for both courses will be sat in November. It is really important that students work on their literacy, as 20% of the English Language marks is awarded for the quality of their spelling, grammar and punctuation.

GCSE English Language

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose writing    

1 hour 45 mins Exam 40%

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persausive Writing

2 hour Exam     60%

Component 3: Spoken Language Non-exam assessment and unweighted 0%

GCSE English Literature

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

1 hour 45 mins Exam 40%

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

2 hour 15 mins Exam 60%

Examination Board :

Eduqas WJEC

AQA

Course Specification:

Eduqas C700QSL English Language

AQA 8702 English Literature

Qualification obtained:

GCSE English Language

GCSE English Literature

Useful Websites:

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/bitesize

http://www.aqa.org.uk/

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/

Useful Reading Material:

‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare

‘Macbeth’ York Notes for GCSE 1-9

‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley

An Inspector Calls: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Penguin English Library) by Robert Louis Stevenson 

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)

‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)

AQA Power and Conflict Anthology (printed by the exam board and provided by the school)

New GCSE English Literature AQA Poetry Guide: Power & Conflict Anthology - for the Grade 9-1 Course Paperback

Additional information:

To be confirmed

Address Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL

Headteacher Mr Emlyn Lumley

Phone 0208 952 2803

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