When I am reading a book, whether wise or silly, it seemeth to me to be alive and talking to me - Jonathon Swift
During each year of Key Stage 3, students study a range of novels, plays and poetry each year, which are analysed and used as a stimulus for creating their own texts. They learn a range of writing skills including how to write persuasively, informatively and descriptively, with a continuous focus on accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as effective vocabulary, sentence structures and paragraphing. Some examples of texts covered are included in the unit overview.
We pride ourselves on the range of extra curricular activities and events we offer here in English to promote a passion for the subject and a love of reading. We regularly have authors and poets visit the school to offer workshops to students and give talks on their work. We have been visited in recent years by Dan Freedman, Joe Craig and Cathy Cassidy, to name but a few. We also regularly offer theatre trips, including an annual visit to The Globe Theatre to offer students the opportunity to see a Shakespeare play in the historical venue in which it was originally performed.
A love of reading is also promoted in our hugely popular LRC and with the use of incentive programmes such as Accelerated Reader in years 7&8 and Read Review Reward in Years 9&10. Accelerated Reader encourages students to read and then complete a quiz on the book of their choice, gaining them points and prizes. It also enables them to see how many words they have read that term and when they reach a million they become a member of the exclusive and prestigious Word Millionaire’s club! Read Review Reward offers Year 9&10 students the opportunity to read and review ten books, five of their choice and five from a set list, and once they have done this they receive a £10 prize.
The English Department believe that pupils should encounter a wide range of texts which asks them to develop their skills of good communication, close reading and critical thinking.
During years 10 and 11, pupils will study for two GCSE's: English and English Literature. These two separate qualifications develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing and teach pupils how to express themselves creatively and imaginatively.
Pupils will study a range of texts including: Shakespeare, poetry, pre 1914 and modern texts.
We actively encourage our pupils to become enthusiastic and critical readers and to be able to appreciate and interpret the choices made by other writers and readers.
Two hour public exam, three questions are set on two passages of approximately 600–700 words each, linked by a common theme.
Students are assessed on their ability to present and then discuss a topic of their choice.
Component 5: Speaking and Listening (30 marks or 20%)
Location: Haberdashers' Aske's Federation,Pepys Road,London, SE14 5SF