Department Leader: Stephanie Power

The KBA English Department are dedicated to supporting students’ learning at all levels, offering a wide range of specialisms from basic literacy to range of English A Levels.

The rigour of English GCSEs and A levels has significantly increased in recent years and so we have intellectualised our curriculum to ensure our students can excel in these examinations. Students will have the opportunity to read from a range of 19th Century texts through to modern plays and poetry. The English team are dedicated to enthusing their students with a passion for reading as well as ensuring they achieve high level skills in both verbal and written communication. The development of these key skills will empower students and help them to be more successful in other subject areas.

Students who study English can progress into the following careers: Journalism, broadcasting, teaching, publishing, advertising, marketing. This is just a small selection of careers English students are able to access. 

All students are set targets at Key Stage 3. The Scheme of Learning consists of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The aim of the English Department is that students master the skills taught. Lessons are fully differentiated using Key, Boost and Aspire. This gives students every opportunity to aim high and complete tasks at their targeted level. Each KPI is assessed in a reading and writing assessment in class and also at three assessment point during the year in the sports hall. 

Progress is monitored in two ways:

  • Students are assessed using termly assessments for KPIs
  • End of year examinations.

Homework

Knowledge Organisers

Every unit of work has a bespoke knowledge organiser. Your child must use these throughout their English journey. These organisers contain vital information, which can be used to assist with their learning and support their revision. It is expected that students attend lessons with their Knowledge Organisers and revise them as homework.

Equipment Requirements

Your child must attend their English lessons with appropriate equipment. This must include:

  • a private reading book
  • knowledge organisers (which school provides)
  • a selection of pens and pencils (KBA 15)
  • a dictionary

The department is following the AQA syllabus at Key Stage 4. The GCSE course begins during Year 9 and covers both language and literature content.

The topics taught for GCSE Language in Years 10-11 are ‘Explorations in Creative reading and writing’ and ‘Exploring writers’ viewpoints and perspectives’. Students sit two examinations for GCSE Language.

The topics taught for GCSE Literature in Years 10-11 are ‘Macbeth’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, Power and Conflict poetry and Unseen poetry. Students sit two examinations for GCSE Literature.

Qualifications which may be obtained at Key Stage 4

At the end of Key Stage 4, students are awarded two qualifications – English Language and English Literature. Both qualifications are graded 1-9.

Homework

Knowledge Organisers

Every unit of work has a bespoke knowledge organiser. Your child must use these throughout their English journey. These organisers contain vital information, which can be used to assist with their learning and support their revision. It is expected that students attend lessons with their Knowledge Organisers and revise them as homework.

Equipment Requirements

Your child must attend their English lessons with appropriate equipment. This must include:

  • a private reading book
  • knowledge organisers (which school provides)
  • a selection of pens and pencils (KBA 15)
  • a dictionary

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