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English

A tool for unlocking success in life

English is one the core subjects of the curriculum both in its own terms and in allowing pupils to access all other areas of the curriculum. The English staff at Addeys are passionate about their subject, and aims to imbue that passion into all students.
We endeavour to equip students with the skills they will need to engage with an increasingly literate and articulate society as well as engendering a life long love of learning for its own sake. They are encouraged to think and respond independently in all situations.

Our Approach

We encourage students to develop skills of independent interpretation and analysis through a traditional focus on whole texts from a range of authors. Students are extensively supported and encouraged throughout their learning to achieve to the best of their individual ability.
We advocate discussion and debate as a means of learning as well as concentrating on essay style written responses to prepare students for academia and beyond. Students are given the opportunity to experience a variety of learning styles, including group work, individual work and whole-class discussion.
 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students have 5 periods of English per week, one of which is spent reading in the library. Students are taught in mixed ability form groups for the first half-term, and after that are moved into sets on the basis of their ability in both Maths and English.

Students are introduced to essay writing to begin to develop the skills they will eventually need for GCSE. They will read and learn to quote from a range of texts (fiction and nonfiction), analysing the language and meaning behind the texts. They will also be introduced to a range of writing forms, for example to inform and to describe. Students are taught the importance of basic skills, such as punctuation, grammar and paragraphing. In addition, they are encouraged to develop their speaking and listening through class discussion, presentations and group work.

Students are assessed through formal end of unit assessments as well as formative assessment, which allows them to identify areas for improvement.


Year 8

Students have five periods of English per week, one of which is spent reading in the library. Students are taught in sets.

Students develop the skills they were introduced to in Year 7, with emphasis on essay writing and analysis of writer’s technique. Both of these are key skills for success at GCSE. Students are encouraged to respond analytically and imaginatively to texts that they study. They will study a range of texts including Shakespeare, a modern novel and a play.

We continue to develop students’ writing skills, building upon the foundations that have been laid in Year 7 and encouraging them to develop a personal voice and mature style of expression in their writing. Students will have opportunities to develop speaking and listening through discussion, presentations and group work. 

Students are assessed through formal end of unit assessments as well as formative assessment, which allows them to identify areas for improvement.

Year 9

Students have five periods of English per week, one of which is spent reading in the library. Students are taught in sets.

Students spend this year preparing for the demands of the GCSE curriculum. They will start the year by studying GCSE standard poetry and fiction texts, including ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Dickens, as well as a range of nonfiction texts. They will continue to develop their analysis and essay skills by learning to analyse wider themes and finer details. Students will write in a range of styles, including creatively and informatively, and there will be a special emphasis on the writing skills needed for the new GCSE exam. They will be given opportunities to explore and explain through class discussions.

Students are assessed through formal end of unit assessments as well as formative assessment, which allows them to identify areas for improvement.


Key Stage 4

Students have six periods a week of English in Year 10 and in Year 11. In Year 10, this includes half a period a week spent reading in the library.

Most students will follow two GCSE courses: English Language and English Literature. In English Language, students undertake a number of written tasks as well as learning to analyse unseen fiction and nonfiction from the nineteenth century to the present day. In English Literature, students study modern prose or drama, poetry, Shakespeare and nineteenth century prose. They are assessed throughout the course on exam-style tasks, while formative feedback allows them to identify areas for improvement.

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