English

Students at Rushey Mead receive four hours of English provision per week.

During the course of their study, they will follow the National Curriculum through a range of well-planned and resourced schemes developed by our experienced team. Our main aims guide students to become highly literate, effective communicators with an aptitude and passion for reading.

We are an inclusive department with mixed ability classes and effective support for all learners. At both key stages, we have developed intervention and support programmes specifically designed to improve the literacy of students with lower reading ages.

Students develop their speaking and listening skills by learning to use Standard English effectively in formal situations such as debates, or creatively through drama and performance. Writing schemes are embedded across each unit with a key spelling, punctuation and grammar focus. English lessons are rich in literary content and students closely study at least two authors each year. We regularly use the school library where students continue to develop their research, collaboration and reading skills during curriculum time. Students are also encouraged to use the library to supplement their private reading and gain stamps on their reading passports.

KEY STAGE 3

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum has been carefully designed with the new 2014 changes in mind. This has given us the opportunity to expose students to a wide range of authors from the English literary heritage, starting with a unit on the history of the English language in Year seven.

We have worked with local primary schools to create a smooth transition which develops their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills across the three years. By the end of Year 9 our students are equipped with the skills and knowledge required for GCSE study.

Year overviews:

Year 7

Transition writing unit – Year 7 newsletter
Creative writing – recreating myths and fairy tales
Prose
Poetry – poetic form and techniques
History of the English language
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
Media/non-fiction – product design and advertising campaigns
Speaking and listening – show and tell

Year 8

Modern novel
Modern drama
Poetry – the Romantic poets
Gothic Horror – creative writing
Shakespeare – Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Media/non-fiction – group project on Eco Theme Park
Speaking and listening – Young people in the C21st

Year 9

Modern novel
Poetry – C19th and comparing cultures
Shakespeare – The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III        
Media/non-fiction – newspapers
Travel writing
Speaking and listening – my hero
C19th novel

KEY STAGE 4

During Years 10 and 11 students will undertake their GCSE with us, with most studying the English Language and Literature (double award).  A smaller number may study the single award English Language course.

Year 10 is spent studying the Controlled Assessment units, completing the assessments in the classroom in examination conditions. Students are expected to use the skills and knowledge gained during key stage three to now work independently, developing their own thoughts of enquiry and analysis of literary texts.  As writers, students are encouraged to be creative and ambitious when producing creative and non-fiction texts.

Course Overview

Year 10

Exploring modern texts
Spoken language study
The significance of Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage
Speaking and listening
Understanding and producing non-fiction texts
Poetry across time

Year 11

Modern Drama
Understanding and producing non-fiction texts
Poetry across time
Creative Writing
Exploring cultures in modern texts
Speaking and listening

Texts:

Of Mice and Men
The Crucible
An Inspector Calls
Romeo and Juliet
Macbeth
Othello
Henry V
Pride and Prejudice
Great Expectations
Frankenstein
Moon on the Tides poetry anthology

Weighting:

English Language – 40% controlled assessment 60% exam
English literature – 25% controlled assessment 75% exam        

Media Studies GCSE

The media studies department is linked with English and offers students the chance to obtain a GCSE in media studies as one of their option subjects. In media studies, students learn the key concepts (audiences, institutions, representations and media language) through close analysis and production of differing media texts.

Currently Year 10 is dedicated to learning these key concepts and using them to complete the first two controlled assessments – usually a study of music for the first task as well as a cross-media study of advertising or film promotion for the second.

During Year 11, students complete their third controlled assessment which is currently a major project on magazines, ending with the practical production of their own magazines. Each year the exam topic changes, the topic for examination in 2015 is TV news. Students spend the remainder of Year 11 preparing for their terminal exam.

Weighting:
60% controlled assessment 40% exam

EXAM BOARD WITH LINK TO WEBSITE

Students will take the AQA GCSE English Language, English Literature and English courses with us.
AQA English - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse
AQA Media Studies - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/media-studies/gcse/media-studies-4810

USEFUL WEBSITES AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT

KS3

Bitesize - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3kw2hv
Channel 4 interative resources -http://www.channel4learning.com/support/websites/english.html
Teen reads  - http://www.teenreads.com/

KS4

English Bitesize - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zr9d7ty
English Literature Bitesize - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zckw2hv
Year 11 Revision Blog - http://www.missryansgcseenglish.wordpress.com/

Media Studies

Media Know-all - http://www.mediaknowall.com/gcse/gcse.php
Bitesize media - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/ztnygk7
Pete’s media blog - http://petesmediablog.blogspot.co.uk/
Sky classroom pack -http://corporate.sky.com/documents/work_for_sky/school_classroom_pack

EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

  • Theatre trips
  • Author visits and conferences
  • Leicester Library book talks
  • Reading buddies
  • Film club
  • Debate club
  • Writing competitions
  • BBC School Report
  • Reading challenges
  • Poetry anthology
  • The Big Read

CONTACT US:

Ms Ryan – kryan@rushey-rmet.org.uk
Ms Aldis - saldis@rushey-rmet.org.uk