English

The English faculty at Rushey Mead has developed a challenging curriculum with a vast 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.

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 multiple texts each year. We regularly use the school library where students develop their research, collaboration and reading skills during curriculum time. Students are also encouraged to use the library to supplement their private reading. Weekly homework requires students to read for a minimum of 20 minutes, 3 times a week.

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.

KEY STAGE 3

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum exposes students to a wide range of authors from the English literary heritage. Students develop their reading skills by learning how to closely analyse the texts that they study, scrutinising the choices of the writers and how they impact readers. We use literature as a model and springboard for students own writing, encouraging them to use the methods and vocabulary that they have learned. Spoken language is also a feature of our course with multiple opportunities for formal presentations and drama. Across the three years of key stage three we aim to develop the reading, writing and speaking skills of students to prepare them for GCSE study.

Year Shakespeare/Drama Modern Novel/Play Pre-1914 Novel Poetry Writing: Form/Convention Additional
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A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The Merchant of Venice.

Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Carrie's War.

Private Peaceful.

Skellig.

Holes.

The Other Side of Truth.

Treasure Island.

White Fang.

Jungle Book.

Alice in Wonderland.

Jane Eyre (abridged)

Hard Times (abridged)

An introduction to poetic analysis: War Poetry

Descriptive writing: subverting form and convention.

Recreate Fairy Tales or myths and legends.

The history of the English Language: Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare, Dickens, Carol Ann Duffy.
8

The Tempest.
Twelfth Night.

Hamlet.

Richard III.

Refugee Boy.

War of the Worlds.

Noughts & Crosses.

The Hunger Games.

The Woman in Black.

Stone Cold.

Gothic Horror:

Dracula.

Frankenstein.

The Red Room.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Sherlock Holmes.

The Romantics.

Sonnets.

Persuasion/rhetoric:

Political speeches.

Persuasive speeches.

Media studies taster: Branding, advertising and pitching a product.
9

Romeo and Juliet.

Macbeth.

Of Mice and Men.

To Kill a Mockingbird.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

Curious Incident.
The Crucible.

GCSE Literature Taster

Great Expectations.

The Sign of Four.

A Christmas Carol.

C19th comparison.

Cultures poetry.

Media/non-fiction:

Newspapers.

Travel Writing.

Researching and formally presenting: A hero.

Note: the texts your child reads are dependent on teacher choice.

KEY STAGE 4

All students at Rushey Mead study English Language and English Literature for GCSE during years ten and eleven. Throughout the course, students read the key literature texts and study them in depth. Our lessons are rich in content and allow students ample opportunities to explore and analyse the texts and contexts in which they were written. A weekly lesson is dedicated to the teaching of skills required for the English Language examination, reading 19th, 20th, and 21st century texts and writing for a range of purposes. Students also complete spoken language assessments, where their speaking and listening skills are developed and assessed as an add-on to their GCSE qualifications.

 

English Literature

English Language

Spoken Language

Shakespeare

19th Century

20th Century

Poetry

Unseen Poetry

Reading

Writing

Formal presentation

Macbeth.
Romeo and Juliet.

Great Expectations.
The Sign of Four.
A Christmas Carol.
Frankenstein.
Jekyll and Hyde.

.An Inspector Calls.
Blood Brothers.
Animal Farm.

Power and Conflict anthology - 15 poems from literary heritage 19th/20th/21st century.  Independent study and analysis of unseen/untaught poetry. 

 

Literary fiction.
Comparing texts.
19th/20th/21st century.

Writing to Describe.
Writing to Narrate.
Writing to Argue.
Writing to Explain.

Students plan and prepare a formal spoken presentation to their class and teacher.

Note: the text your child reads are dependent on teacher choice.        

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. 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
AQA Media Studies

USEFUL WEBSITES AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT

KS3
Bitesize

KS4
English Bitesize
English Literature Bitesize
Year 11 Revision Blog

Media Studies
Media Know-all
Bitesize media

EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

CONTACT US:

Ms Ryan – [email protected]
Ms Aldis - [email protected]