English

Intent Statement

Love and Legacy.

Every unit of work will be designed to include: Reading fiction, reading non-fiction, different styles of writing, challenging vocabulary and opportunities to develop oracy skills. We teach English as one subject, alternating between Literature and Language. Students build their skills and knowledge throughout each scheme of study. Students are assessed throughout the term formatively and work towards a half-termly end of unit assessment. We meet all the standards set out by the National Curriculum and exceed in several areas including the study of Shakespeare and 19th Century Literature.

The English curriculum focuses on embedding core skills of reading and writing from Year 7 onwards. Students will encounter a range of challenging texts that will continually push them to reach their potential and then push beyond it. Extension tasks are prevalent throughout our learning cycles and students encounter a broad range of texts from 16th Century Shakespeare, to 19th Century classics, to groundbreaking texts from the modern day.

All English students are taught to be creative in both their reading and writing endeavors. Students will be challenged throughout their time with us to push the boundaries of their creative ability and will have experience creating a range of fiction and non-fictions texts. So too do our students learn the skills involved in advertising and persuasion.

 

Students learn vital information through their engagement with different texts and learning about the lives and experiences of both authors and characters within texts. This chance to experience multiple lives a viewpoints, through texts, it capitalised on throughout the English curriculum at STA.

 

Students become wiser and more adaptable throughout their study of English with STA. Students learning to analyse all forms of information and determine the validity and credibility of that information. Empathising with authors and characters is the cornerstone of wisdom, seeing things through the eyes of others 

Key stage 3

Year 7 introduces students to the key skills they will use during their study of English here at STA. Students will learn the key reading strategies that enable analysis of texts from a variety of mediums. Students will study full novels; an anthology of poetry; a modern play text; 19th century literature; Shakespeare; fiction reading and writing; non-fiction reading and writing. 

Year 8 students will improve the key skills in their study of English here at STA. Students will learn the key reading strategies that enable analysis of texts from a variety of mediums. Students will study full novels; an anthology of poetry; a modern play text; 19th century literature; Shakespeare; fiction reading and writing; non-fiction reading and writing. 

Year 9 further challenges students in the key skills of English at STA. Students will learn the key reading strategies that enable analysis of texts from a variety of mediums. Students will study full novels; an anthology of poetry; a modern play text; 19th century literature; Shakespeare; fiction reading and writing; non-fiction reading and writing. Closer attention is paid to the types of questioning and analytical process that will be vital for their success at GCSE and life beyond school.

Key stage 4

Year 10 and 11 at STA will challenge all pupils to make the most of the skills and knowledge they have gained over their first three years at STA. Their study of poetry will culminate in their in-depth study of the Power and Conflict AQA anthology; the Shakespeare text Macbeth will be thoroughly deconstructed and analysed, making use of both their experience of reading Shakespeare and understanding the context of writing; A Christmas Carol will see students use their understanding of 19th Century literature to deconstruct and understand this seminal piece of literature; An Inspector Calls will make use of the knowledge and skills gained through the modern play study from each year of KS3. Language analysis skills, gained from each aspect of their study of KS3 will also be utilised in preparation for their fiction and non-fiction exams at the end of year 11.

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