English

Faculty: English

Head of Faculty: Mrs E Jones

Throughout their time at Hawkley Hall High School students focus on developing the key skills of reading, writing and speaking and listening in their English lessons.

In Years 7 and 9 students have 4 hours of English lessons per week. In Year 8 students have 3 hours of English lessons per week. Home learning tasks are set on a weekly basis and tasks include researching, redrafting, spelling and reading and writing tasks

Assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students, alongside regular feedback in their exercise books. Feedback is provided to enable students to progress, ensuring that students understand what they have done well and what they need to do to progress further.

Students in Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) are working towards two GCSE qualifications, one in English Language and the other in English Literature. They follow the WJEC/ Eduqas curriculum for both qualifications. They will be awarded separate grades for these following their exams in Year 11. Students have 4 lessons per week and home learning tasks are set on a weekly basis. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term and students receive regular feedback to aid progression.

Throughout their time at Hawkley Hall, students are taught the following key skills:

Reading

  • Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise evidence from different texts
  • Explain, comment on analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views
  • Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts
  • Read and understand a range of texts to: Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references

Writing

  • Communicate clearly, effectively, and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts
  • Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation. (This requirement must constitute 20% of the marks for each specification as a whole)

Spoken Language

  • Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting
  • Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback to presentations
  • Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations

 

Overview of the English Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 are outlined in the table below:

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Language: Creative Writing Literature:

Analysis of a play script

Language: Transactional writing Literature: The Language of Shakespeare Language: Analysis of a prose extract Literature: Prescribed poetry
8 Literature: Extract from a novel Language: Transactional writing Literature: Unseen poetry Language: Comprehension of 19th and 21st century non-fiction Literature: Scenes from a Shakespeare Play Language: Analysis of Prose
9 Literature:

An essay linked to a novel

Language: creative writing Literature: Anthology poetry Language: Comprehension of 19th and 21st century non-fiction Language: Transactional writing Literature: Shakespeare for GCSE

 

At KS4 students study the following:

English Literature English Language
  • ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare
  • ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell
  • ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens
  • A Poetry Anthology (provided by the exam board)
  • Unseen Poetry
  • 20th Century Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • 19th Century and 21st Century Non-Fiction Texts
  • Transactional/Persuasive Writing

 

GCSE Exam Board Specifications

Click here to view the GCSE English Language specification

Click here to view the GCSE English Literature specification

 

Additional Information

The English Faculty provide many opportunities for revision and extra-curricular activities.

At KS4 we run weekly revision sessions for all students and intervention for targeted students. We like to arrange theatre trips to enhance student learning, particularly for set texts at GCSE.  At KS3 we participate in the Rotary Club’s Youth Speaks Competition and enter reading competitions against local secondary schools. We also like to enter our students’ outstanding work into competitions throughout the year in creative writing and poetry. To promote the importance and enjoyment of reading we have an early morning reading group and celebrate World Book Day and World Poetry Day every year.

Teaching Staff

Mrs E Jones Head of Faculty
Mrs R Conefrey RLT School Improvement Lead
Mrs V Crawford Assistant Head of Faculty
Miss P Wilson Head of KS3 English
Mrs L Notere Teacher of English and Head of Year
Mrs L Holland Teacher of English and Head of Year
Mr C Finch Teacher of English and Head of Year
Miss L Nestor Teacher of English and Responsibility for Careers and Guidance
Mrs D Jackson Teacher of English
Ms S Belshaw Teacher of English
Miss E Spear Teacher of English
Miss R Winrow Teacher of English
Ms Lisa Harrison Cover Supervisor for English