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English

 
STAFF:

Mrs D Connolly - Head of English
Ms N Heatley – Lead Practitioner
Mrs T Oldland
Mr J Stiles
Ms K Blaize - Deputy Head Teacher
Ms H Dolyak
Ms E Shepherd

 
The aim of the English Faculty is to cultivate the study of and engagement with language and literature as a means of expressing identity and a sense of self, promoting confidence and self-esteem in preparation for any challenges our students will encounter in their chosen paths.
 
The English faculty aims to help children make sense of experience by reading and hearing about the experiences of others.  It is also fundamentally important in teaching children how to communicate concrete and abstract ideas.  It sets out to achieve these aims through writing in a range of styles for specific purposes to identified audiences; reading a range of texts to recognise their purpose, identify their audiences, understand the modes they employ and derive enjoyment from the process by becoming reflective readers and creative thinkers.  The faculty also sets out to provide opportunities for speaking and listening in different contexts, styles, and forums.
All pupils are actively encouraged to take responsibility for their progress.  Building on attainment at Primary school, and with a curriculum enriched by cross curricular links with other faculties, by theatre visits and through the exploration of literature and ideas from other cultures and traditions, we seek to lay a firm foundation for success at school and beyond.

The Curriculum

At Key Stage 3 (years 7-9) English lessons are taught to develop their critical awareness through reading novels, poetry, plays, stories, articles and media texts; students strengthen their presentation and collaborative skills with discussion and debate; they improve their writing, crafting their work to a variety of styles for a variety of audiences and purposes. 
 
Click here (Link1 and Link2) for a link to our KS3 Curriculum Map which includes your child’s Programmes of Study and half-termly Assessment task questions

Click here (Link1 and Link2)  for a link to our recommended reading lists for your child

Click here for a link to a list of websites and homework projects that promote independent learning at home

At Key Stage 4 (years 10-11) English lessons are taught following a syllabus as laid down by the Cambridge examinations board for iGCSE Language and the AQA examination board for GCSE English Literature. 
 

Click here for a link to the Cambridge iGCSE English website which includes the syllabus, coursework requirements and past exam papers with mark schemes.

Click here for a link to the Edexcel English website which includes the syllabus and example examination tasks.


Click here for a link to the AQA GCSE English website which includes the syllabus, coursework requirements and past exam papers with mark schemes.

The English Faculty is a large department which has a plethora of resources to assist pupils with their learning. Here are some key points for parents:

 
In Years 7-9 every pupil should be reading a book from the library,/ Learning Resource Centre which they are encouraged to exchange every two weeks. The whole school has ‘Silent Reading’ every Monday during Form-time to promote the enjoyment of independent reading and students are expected to carry their reading book with them to school every day so that, any chance they have, they can read their book. Any assistance parents can give with their child’s reading is appreciated. We strongly advocate listening to your child read a little every night and discussing what they are reading. Parents should also encourage their children to read good quality newspapers to keep abreast of current affairs and regularly discuss their child’s opinions of any article they have read.
 
 
Emerson Park Academy’s English Faculty is high achieving, with results at all Key Stages above the national average. We are committed to sharing our passion for the subject, providing a stimulating, dynamic and academically rigorous experience of English for all our students. The Faculty has its own laptops and interactive whiteboards, and a wide range of ICT resources, including 30 computers in the library all connected to a colour printer. Homework Club often takes place in the library before and after school as well as break and lunch-times. Homework is set twice a week in English (usually a reading and a writing task) as well as longer-term research projects. The Faculty marks students’ work in accordance with the school’s marking policy, with spelling errors marked as ‘Sp’ in the margin, punctuation errors as ‘P’ and any grammatical mistakes noted as ‘Gr’ in the margin. Longer written work will have a summative comment at the end suggesting ‘what went well’ (www) and ‘even better if’ (ebi) for guidance on how to improve; the ebi comment is normally phrased as questions in order to promote the students’ independent learning.
 
Emerson Park Academy English Faculty also offers Saturday School for our Gifted and Talented students to enable them to flourish and reach their full potential.
 
A love for literature is fostered through the enthusiasm and expertise of our specialist staff, an emphasis on personalised learning through independent research and projects, and plenty of opportunities for discussion, as we place a high value on each student's personal response. The Academy has its very own Literacy Coordinator who ensures Literacy is consistently delivered in all subjects as well as offering Intervention sessions for any students needing extra support to reach their target levels.

 

 

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 faculty organises many theatre trips, 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, such as The Creative Writing Society, Debate Club, Newspaper Club, Book/ Reading Club and Scrabble competitions.

Stimulating creativity and thought beyond the curriculum is an important focus for the English Faculty. We encourage students to enter national creative and critical competitions, such as BBC Radio 2’s 500 words, and we value the achievement and participation of all our students. Every year, we award subject prizes for academic achievement with certificates, vouchers, badges, Pride Points for Reward trips etc. We also run an annual Spelling Bee where our Year 7s challenge the Spelling Champions from local primary schools; all finalists receive medals and the top three win trophies and shopping vouchers, for example.

  
 
With regards to your child’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, English provides the opportunity for students to:
 
  • Give expression to personal thoughts, views, beliefs, opinions and feelings in creative writing.
  • Understand the different ways in which humans have given expression to their hopes, fears, e.g, in myth and legend, parable, biography, poetry, song and hymn.
  • Look at stories which tell of human achievement, ‘against the odds’ which have the capacity to inspire.
  • Allow pupils to tell and reflect on their own stories.
  • Select a wide variety of texts which can both comfort and challenge.
  • Reflect on issues raised in texts, e.g. relationships.
  • Appreciate how values expressed in language and literature can change over time, e.g. attitudes to women and marriage.
  • Engage with issues of belief, value and truth in the discursive framework of essay writing.
  • Experience and share a sense of wonder at the beauty of language expressed in poetry, literature and the spoken word.
  • Develop a reflective and self-disciplined approach to issues.