English

The English team’s mission is to promote a passion for English within all students at Stockport Academy. It is our goal to instil a love of reading, raise aspirations and empower young people to be effective communicators. The English team are committed to supporting all students in developing a thirst for the written word; the creativity to be able to craft language and the confidence to demonstrate their command of the spoken word.

As staff foster this enjoyment of English, students will evolve their understanding and mastery of spoken language, English Language and English Literature. We are ambitious for the students in our care regardless of background, social or economic barriers. We believe that the knowledge and skills that students develop will not only fully prepare them for life beyond school but provide a stepping stone to further success and opportunity.

Implementation

The English team, at Stockport Academy, are dedicated to delivering a curriculum that is rich and balanced. A curriculum that celebrates the Literary Heritage of both the United Kingdom and of distant shores but also explores the modern world in which our students live. Students are immersed in a high-quality curriculum that allows them the opportunity to research and theorise about the relationship between a writer’s context and their writing style. Students will develop the skills of empathy and enquiry for current literature as well as a thirst to know more about a world that has gone before them.

We actively promote reading in and beyond the classroom. The curriculum incorporates a wide range of texts to provide our students with a breadth of engaging and challenging literature. Staff nurture confident, discerning readers through the conscious study of vocabulary, subject-specific terminology well as exploring whole texts.

The English Department has developed a knowledge rich curriculum that we believe will inspire creativity, imagination and inquiring minds. Staff devise and plan their lessons around two important factors: challenge and a passion for learning. In keeping with our school philosophy, lessons are designed to provide opportunities for students to build on prior learning through varied and engaging strategies. Lessons also provide sufficient opportunity for guided and independent practice: meaning that students of all abilities are provided a learning experience that will aid their individual progress.   

Challenge is an essential part of the English staff’s teaching. The Faculty is passionate that students develop their cultural capital to appreciate English Literature and English Language in context: through educational visits and extra-curricular enrichment activities. It is through these contexts that our students will enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness that will shape their personal ethos.

Impact

Ultimately, the English Team at Stockport Academy aspire to equip all our students, by providing a variety of opportunities to offer their viewpoints and challenge those of others, with the communication skills to succeed in the world beyond school. That they may be articulate in whatever context they find themselves in and confident as a result of the knowledge that they have acquired. The cultural breadth of the curriculum provided will ensure that our students are inquiring citizens of the world with ambition, aspirations and a commitment to lifelong learning. We encourage students to develop a command of literacy and language to help them to become successful adults. We work to ensure highest possible progress and attainment in both KS3 and KS4 in order to equip students to pursue their further academic careers in English or otherwise.

Course Details

The English curriculum at KS3 seeks to broaden students’ literary and linguistic horizons, whilst ensuring that they have mastered the basic skills required at KS4. 

Each year, students will study a novel, a selection of non-fiction texts on a wide range of interesting topics, and either a selection of canonical poetry or a Shakespeare play. They will also hone their creative and formal writing in a variety of different ways, whilst developing their ability to debate, present and dramatise. 

Our aim is to encourage students at KS3 to be confident and curious readers, writers, speakers and listeners.   

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This requires from students the ability to read unseen texts (both fiction and non-fiction) and think carefully about the way they have been written and what they mean, before offering their opinions on the writer’s methods. The other half of these exams test students’ abilities to write extended pieces in a variety of ways – everything from stories and creative descriptions, to letters, newspaper articles and speeches which require them to construct an argument. A knowledge of grammar, linguistic terminology and strong reading skills are vital!

Assessment

There will be two papers: ‘Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing’, and ‘Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives’, each lasting for 1 hour and 45 minutes. The papers are worth 50% of the overall grade each, and are both marked out of 80. In addition, students will be assessed on their spoken language.

Grades awarded will  be 1—9 where 9 is the highest grade.

This course allows students to explore some of the most important authors in the British Canon – including Dickens, Shakespeare and a range of our best-loved poets and playwrights. Students will be tested in the exam on their ability to explore the styles and stories of these writers, whilst also demonstrating an understanding of their historical and social backgrounds. Students will be encouraged to express and explore their own interpretations and ideas on these seminal texts.

Assessment

There will be two papers: ‘Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel’ (40% - 1 hour and 45minutes—64 marks) and ‘Modern texts and Poetry’ (60% - 2 hours and 15 minutes—96 marks). 

Grades awarded will  be 1—9 where 9 is the highest grade.

Trips and Activities

Teaching Staff

Mrs Pickering - CAL English

Mrs Cawsey - Assistant CAL English and Literacy Co-ordinator

Mrs Cull - Teacher of English

Ms Edwards - Teacher of English

Ms Goddard - Teacher of English

Ms Kirk - Teacher of English

Ms Land - Teacher of English

Mr Littlemore - Teacher of English

Mrs Ludford - Teacher of English

 

 

 
 

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