"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world." - Philip Pullman
Head of Department:
Members of the Department:
Mrs Galdin O’Shea
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.
Narrative writing - ‘Twisted Fairy tales’
Transactional writing focused on Park High School
Modern Novel linked with Poetry on War/Childhood
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.
Weekly Literacy lessons for year 7 support and underpin the teaching of grammar that is embedded throughout the English curriculum.
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.
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.
Analysis of advertising texts
C19th novel – Great Expectations
Poetry from other Cultures
Modern Short Stories
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.
An introduction to the modern novel
Introduction to AQA Poetry Anthology
Spoken language preparation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry
2 hour 15 mins Exam 60%
Eduqas C700QSL English Language
AQA 8702 English Literature
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
To be confirmed
Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL
Mr Emlyn Lumley
0208 952 2803