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English

Head of Department: Mrs C Christie

Key Stage 3 Coordinator - Mr A Janalli

Key Stage 4 Coordinator - Miss R Dewey

Key Stage 5 Coordinator -  Mrs L Randall

Overview

The English Department at Warlingham School is a large department, comprising ten subject specialists. The department offers English and English Literature at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, including GCSE English and GCSE English Literature.  English Literature is offered at AS and A Level. We are committed to sharing our passion for the subject and take pride in promoting a love of Literature and encouraging students to relish the infinite complexity of language. 

Classes at all Key Stages 3 and 4 are taught in broad sets to allow our students to work to the highest level that each can attain. The department has its own iPads and interactive whiteboards, and has access to a wide range of ICT resources. A love for literature is fostered through the enthusiasm and expertise of our specialist staff, with plenty of opportunities for discussion, as we place a high value on each student's personal response.

Each student has access to a rich cultural experience as we offer the opportunity to participate in an extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities. Every year the department organises many theatre trips and study days for KS5 students. We also arrange a programme of in-school Drama workshops, talks and writing workshops by visiting authors, as well as a wide range of lunch time clubs to cater for all enthusiasms.

We share with the students our own love of reading, circulating detailed reading lists for KS3 and KS4.  Each year group at Key Stage 3 enjoys a Reading lesson once a fortnight, following a central reading programme.

Please see our Key Stage 3 Reading List, Key Stage 4 Reading List and Key Stage 5 Reading List

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Our Ethos:

Warlingham School English department is committed in ensuring ALL pupils make better than expected progress across all Key Stages in the subject of English. We uphold and display the values of the school and encourage the pupils to also CHALLENGE themselves at every possible opportunity within our subject area. We aim to deliver outstanding lessons to every pupil, every day.

Our Values:

Learning takes place in a purposeful and well-disciplined environment in which students are encouraged to show COMMITTMENT, COURAGE and KINDNESS.

Our Aim:

To promote an enjoyment of learning and celebration of achievement and to ensure that every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential by having high expectations and creating opportunities and experiences to prepare them for successful and fulfilling adult lives.

Our Mission Statement:

We take pride in promoting a love of Literature and encouraging students to relish the infinite complexity of language.  We inspire students to be enthusiastic about their own learning and to take responsibility for their own progress, whilst boosting their self-confidence and nurturing deep thinking in an environment where respect and tolerance for self and others is embedded and students are not afraid to ask questions.  We strive to help pupils to develop an understanding of their role, place and relevance in the wider world and equip students with literacy and grammar skills that will enable them to communicate effectively and thrive in the real world.

English Key Stage 3

  • In all years of Key Stage 3, students develop literacy and proofreading skills through a systematic programme literacy based lessons once per fortnight, as well as embedded in  every day teaching through learning outcomes, reading and testing of spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • The curriculum is text-based, and skills of comprehension, reference, inference and analysis are taught and assessed through our reading of literature.
  • Writing for purpose, audience and effect is modelled through the study of great fiction and non-fiction writing, and also through activities with practical application such as blogging, writing a business letter and reviewing.
  • Skills of Spoken Language are taught and assessed through a range of focused activities which include, presentation, discussion and role-play.
  • Click here for details of our Key Stage 3 Literacy Mapping

Year 7

19th Century Fiction based around the theme of Childhood:

Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist, The Secret Garden, Charlotte’s Web

Poetry choices- 19th Century

The School Boyby William Blake(1789),Victorian children in Britain compiled by Angela Yardy 2012, Chimney Boys’ Story  by Wes Magee (2001), The Stolen ChildW.B. Yeats (1886), PIANO By D.H. Lawrence (1918),

Shakespeare: Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Click here for Year 7 Spellings

Year 8

The novel: Animal Farm/Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time/ To Kill A Mockingbird/1984/Lord of the Flies/Watcher in the Shadows/ Private Peaceful/ Boy in Striped Pyjamas/Hugo/ Holes.

Non-fiction: Travel Writing- 19th Century and Modern Comparative

Shakespeare: Twelfth Night; Much Ado About Nothing

Click on the links below for Year 8 Spellings:

Animal Farm / Boy in Striped Pyjamas / Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time / Hugo / Lord of the Flies /

Private Peaceful

Year 9

Gothic Unit:

The Laboratory by Robert Browning

Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning

Poltergeist by Bill Greenwell

Dance of Death - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Extracts, Dracula extracts and The Picture of Dorian Gray extracts, Wuthering Heights extracts, Frankenstein extracts, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, The Signal Man by Dickens, The Red Room by HG Wells, Edgar Allen Poe

The novel: Heroes By Robert Cormier/ Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Click here for Year 9 Spellings

All students, in every year group, will sit a controlled assessment every half-term. This will be linked to the topic of study for that half-term.

English Key Stage 4  - AQA English Language and Literature (Specification at a glance)

Assessments

All assessments are closed book: any stimulus materials required will be provided as part of the assessment.  All assessments are compulsory.

Click here for details of Key Stage 4 Literacy Mapping

Click here to view Year 10 Spellings

Click here to view Year 11 Spellings

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry
What's assessed What's assessed

Shakespeare

The 19th-century novel

 

Modern texts

Poetry

Unseen poetry

How it's assessed How it's assessed

written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

64 marks

40% of GCSE

written exam: 2 hours 15 minutes

96 marks

60% of GCSE

Questions: Questions:

Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice.  They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice.  They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

 

 

Section A Modern Texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.

Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.

Section C Unseen Poetry: students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

Assessments

All texts in the examination will be unseen. 

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language
What's assessed: What's assessed: What's assessed:

Section A: Reading

one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • descriptive or narrative writing

 

Section A: Reading

one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing

  • writing to present a viewpoint

(A07-A09)

  • presenting
  • responding to questions and feedback
  • use of Standard English

 

Assessed: Assessed: Assessed:
  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • GCSE
  • teacher set throughout course
  • marked by teacher
  • separate endorsement (0% weighting of GCSE)
Questions: Questions:  

Reading (40 Marks) (25%)

- one single text

1 short form question (1 X 4 marks)

2 longer form questions (2 X 8 marks)

1 extended question (1 X 20 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)

1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Reading (40 marks) (25%)

- two linked texts

1 short form question (1 X 4 marks)

2 longer form questions (1 X 8, 1 X 12 marks)

1 extended question (1 X 16 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)

1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

 

 

English Key Stage 5  OCR A Level English Literature (Specification at a glance)

Click here to view the Key Stage 5 Spellings/Vocabulary List

Click here for details of Key Stage 5 Literacy Mapping

Overview of AS Level in English Literature (H072)

Learners must complete both components (01 and 02) to be awarded the AS Level in English Literature

Content Overview Assessment Overview Marks

Component 01:

Shakespeare

Poetry pre-1900

Shakespeare and poetry pre-1900 (01) (closed text) 60 marks

Written paper 1 hour 30 minutes

50% of total AS Level

Component 02:

Drama post-1900

Prose post-1900

 

Drama and prose post-1900 (02) (Closed text) 60 marks

Written paper 1 hour 45 minutes

50% of total AS Level

Overview of A2 Level in English Literature (H472)

Learners must complete all components (01, 02 and 03) to be awarded the A Level in English Literature

 

Content Overview Assessment Overview Marks

Component 01:

Shakespeare

Drama and Poetry pre-1900

Drama and poetry pre-1900 (01) Written paper 60 marks.  Closed text 2 hours 30 minutes 40% of total A Level

Component 02:

Close reading in chosen topic area. Comparative and contextual study from chosen topic area

 

Comparative and contextual study (02) Written paper 60 marks.  Closed text 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of total A Level

Component 3:

Close reading OR re-creative writing piece with commentary.  Comparative essay

 

Literature post-1900 (03) 40 marks Non examined assessment 20% of total A Level

(August 2016)