English Language and Literature
English at The Hayfield School is central to providing all pupils with literacy skills, confidence and creativity required to succeed in all areas of the curriculum. As a core subject area we aim to provide enjoyable and challenging opportunities across both key stages.
Across the Language and Literature curriculums pupils will experience and study a vast range of novels, drama texts and poetry in their time at Hayfield, taking into account different genres and periods. They will become confident in their written communication in areas such as descriptive, persuasive and analytical writing. Recognition is given to the changing face of Language and the effects of Media and Technology on English in the world around us.
Pupils will be given an appreciation of the different contexts of spoken language and gain confidence in public speaking. Set Literature texts from different cultures provide pupils with insight into a variety of diverse traditions whilst a broad and balanced curriculum means that Shakespeare, pre-20th century texts, and the work of many contemporary writers are covered.
Our objective is to prepare all of our pupils for life beyond their school years, by ensuring they are equipped to:
- Meet the demands of the GCSE specifications by reading increasingly challenging material independently
- Read critically and analytically, and with resilience
- Write accurately, fluently and to create specific effects
- Plan, draft, edit and proof-read
- Consolidate and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary from Key Stage 2
- Speak confidently, clearly and effectively
The programme of study across the key stage offers pupils a strong foundation in all areas of the English Language and Literature Curriculum to engage, inspire and build upon existing skills. We aim to provide pupils with a curriculum which challenges their own skills as readers and writers and also encourages them to become aware of British values such as democracy and diversity; community and tolerance; and freedom and responsibility.
The schemes of learning have been designed to cover all areas of the new National Curriculum in KS3 through a wide range of engaging and challenging themes.
Year 7: Best of British; Nature and Animals; and the Language of Warfare. These are taught alongside Literature units: An Introduction to Shakespeare; Of Mice and Men; An Anthology of Conflict Poetry
Year 8: Societal Issues; Adventure and Exploration; and Fighting for your Rights. These are taught alongside Literature units: Blood Brothers; Lord of the Flies; and Animal Farm
Year 9: Love and Relationships; Language and Crime; and Language and Society. These are taught alongside Literature units: Romeo and Juliet; Frankenstein; Unseen Poetry; and An Inspector Calls.
Go4Schools is used to track student performance across KS3. This along with regular ‘Unseen’ and ‘STEP’ assessments are used to regularly assess Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening to monitor pupil achievement and progress.
All pupils in Key Stage 4 work towards two GCSEs in their English lessons over a two-year period; English Language (AQA 8700) and English Literature (AQA 8702). Both qualifications are 100% exam. For Language, there are two papers with equal weighting: Paper 1: ‘Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing’ and Paper 2: ‘Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives’. For Literature pupils study two papers: Paper 1: Shakespeare (Macbeth) and the 19th Century novel (A Christmas Carol) and Paper 2: Modern Texts (An Inspector Calls) and Poetry (Power and Conflict cluster). All of the texts will be available to purchase from school via Parent Pay to allow students to own their own copy for revision notes/annotations. There is also a ‘Spoken Language’ element to the English GCSE. This does not count towards students’ English Language or Literature final GCSE grades, but does allow students to develop vital skills in communicating their own viewpoint on a subject that is important to them.
Through studying these courses, pupils are developing key communication skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts and to write clearly; skills central to success, not only in all of their other GCSE subjects, but also in a wide range of contexts in their daily adult lives.
Go4Schools is used to track student performance across Key Stage 4. This, along with Pre-Public (mock) Exams, is used to regularly assess Reading and Writing skills and to monitor pupil achievement and progress.
Useful Links & Revision Pointers
It is really important that pupils keep their set texts fresh through frequent revision. This will help them in their final exams, which are closed text for Literature. Taking responsibility for their revision will make achieving the final grade they really wanted even more rewarding. Once the classroom teacher moves on from one set text to another (in Literature), students are advised to begin the process of regularly revising the previous text. This routine needs to be maintained throughout the GCSE course. Remember that they can always speak to their teacher, or any member of the English Faculty, if they are in need of help. During Year 11 there will be regular after school revision sessions on offer.
Below are some websites that we recommend:
- GCSE Hub (School Website)
- BBC Bitesize
- Miss S Kelly – Subject Leader (English Literature)
- Miss C Lovell – Subject Leader (English Language)
- Mrs R Lugg
- Miss J Bostock
- Miss C Drury
- Mrs E Lowe
- Miss P Odell
- Mrs L Pratt
- Mr B Robertson – Assistant Headteacher (Teaching and Learning)
- Mr J Turner
- Mr P Thundercliffe - Y10/11 Key Stage Leader
- Mr G Westmoreland