Broughton Hall Catholic High School - Curriculum / English

Introduction

Once you learn to read you will be forever free

Frederick Douglass

History By studying English, pupils develop an enjoyment of reading and a confident grasp of both written and spoken language. In a wider sense, we also teach, through careful selection of texts, important life skills such as empathy for those struggling in a range of different circumstances. Students benefit from the development of their analytical skills - allowing them to decode language and infer/deduce meaning. In KS3, our aim is to encourage pupils to become local and global citizens through their introduction to literature from a wide range of cultures, during a KS3 curriculum which covers key elements of society from the past, present and potential future across a range of cultural settings. This then creates the foundation for continuing study, providing our students with a wealth of Literary experience, through consistent interleaving of key knowledge and skills. Alongside this experience, KS3 pupils enjoy a rolling programme of Drama lessons, centred around the key themes investigated in their English lessons. This physical exploration of ideas allows pupils to open up new avenues/methods of moral development, through their understanding of topics such as Mental Health and Third World Poverty.

We want students to understand the power of the written and spoken word, and how different contexts have a huge impact on how these forms of communication are used/received. The department also want students to accept and understand the importance of English, not only for their study within the subject but also how vital it is across all academic subjects and throughout their lives outside of education. The Year 7 Literacy across the Curriculum scheme will allow us to demonstrate how the skills that underpin the study of English are vital across a range of Humanities subjects. In 2020/21, this curriculum will follow a Literacy recovery scheme, due to the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic. Our new students will cover/revise a variety of important language features from Key Stage 2 in an attempt to catch up on missed teaching and learning time.

The English department has developed an ambitious and inclusive curriculum across KS3 - KS5 that builds on and develops the skill set that our Year 7 students have acquired throughout their Primary schooling. We create the perfect learning environment for our students to flourish and become inquisitive about the English language; investigating how writers endeavour to bring characters and setting to life through exploratory reading opportunities and then how to harness these skills in their own creative and transactional writing.

We ultimately want our students to become life-long learners; to embrace and enjoy the fantastic curriculum opportunities we offer them and to develop an appreciation for the study of English throughout their time at Broughton Hall.

Staff

D. Jones - Head of Department
T. Kelly - Assistant Head of Department/KS4 Coordinator
M. Lowe - KS3 Coordinator
C. McIlroy - English Teacher
N. Wilson - English Teacher
S. Fielding - English Teacher
J. Jones - English Teacher
L. Wilson - English Teacher
A. Kivi - English Teacher
S. Cameron - English Teacher
C. Blundell - English Teacher
V. Collins - Drama and English Teacher

Programme of Study KS3



By studying English, pupils develop an enjoyment of reading and a confident grasp of both written and spoken language. In a wider sense, we also teach, through careful selection of texts, important life skills such as empathy for those struggling in a range of different circumstances. Students benefit from the development of their analytical skills - allowing them to decode language and infer/deduce meaning. In KS3, our aim is to encourage pupils to become local and global citizens through their introduction to literature from a wide range of cultures, during a KS3 curriculum which covers key elements of society from the past, present and potential future across a range of cultural settings. This then creates the foundation for continuing study, providing our students with a wealth of Literary experience, through consistent interleaving of key knowledge and skills. Alongside this experience, KS3 pupils enjoy a rolling programme of Drama lessons, centred around the key themes investigated in their English lessons. This physical exploration of ideas allows pupils to open up new avenues/methods of moral development, through their understanding of topics such as Mental Health and Third World Poverty.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Debate Mate
Debate Mate runs after school on Wednesdays for year 7 and 8 students. Pupils learn the art of debating and how to debate in a formal setting with specially trained and DBS cleared university students. The techniques are delivered through a series of fun and interactive exercises and games. Students also have a chance to showcase their skills by debating in regional and national competitions. Debating is shown to improve students' critical and creative thinking, confidence, teamwork, leadership, aspirations, resilience and self-management. Students who have been on the programme see substantial progress in their speaking and listening skills, their engagement with school, and a range of students have been shown to benefit (and enjoy!) these clubs.

Current Affairs' Club
The aim of the club is to help develop and broaden the cultural capital of pupils in Key Stage 3. Pupils will watch short documentaries on a variety of different topics, which are intended to provide pupils with a better understanding of how others live throughout the world. This will enable pupils to become global citizens, preparing them for their future success. The club will run every Tuesday from 2.45-3.30pm.

Programme of Study KS4


Head of Department: Mr D. Jones
Contact email address: jonesd@broughtonhall.com
Specification: AQA English Language and Literature
Qualification: GCSE (two in total for both disciplines)

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Sept-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-June July
Year 10
Language Paper One skills Paper Two skills Anthology Poetry An Inspector Calls
Literature 19th Century text - A Christmas Carol Anthology Poetry
Year 11
Language Paper Two Writing Skills Exam Revision
Literature Macbeth Exam Revision

History

How is the course structured & assessed?

Language

Assessed across two exams following the completion of the course in summer term of Year 11.

Paper One: Explorations in creative reading and writing - 1hr 45mins Paper Two: Writers' viewpoints and perspectives - 1hr 45mins

Students also complete a non-examination assessment in the form of a Spoken Language presentation.

Literature

Assessed across two exams following the completion of the course in summer term of Year 11.

Paper One: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel - 1hr 45mins
Paper Two: Modern texts and poetry - 2hrs 15mins


What can these qualifications lead to?

The next step on potential career paths could lead our GCSE students to study A-Level English Language and/or English Literature, both offered at Broughton Hall. The study of English permeates almost every industry imaginable, as students learn key communication skills, as well as the ability to gain meaning from a wealth of reading opportunities. Due to the strong focus on academia across all English courses, students have used their studies as stepping stones to careers in Journalism, Law, the Creative Arts and Administration to name but a few.

Programme of Study KS5


English Language

Key Information

Level: A Level
Examination Board: AQA
Subject Leader: Mr Jones
Course Leader: Ms Mcilroy

Entry Requirements

This course is open to students who have achieved at least grade Level 5-9 in both English Language and English Literature GCSE.

Why Choose this course?

This course requires a love of language exploration and a readiness to investigate a variety of different texts and data from a range of sources. In addition, you will need to demonstrate initiative in personal research and organisational skills and to appreciate that success depends on the enthusiasm with which you consolidate lessons with personal investigation. Willingness and confidence in applying linguistic frameworks to texts is essential.

Prospects

This is a highly regarded qualification, which will be acceptable for any course of study at degree level. It is particularly suitable for students who wish to progress to journalism, teaching, publishing, the media, speech therapy, linguistics or any career which requires a high level of literacy. It is an excellent preparation for the demands and study skills needed for higher education.

Course Content

The AQA specification:
Offers opportunities for students to develop their subject expertise by exploring key language concepts and engaging with a range of texts and discourses.

Explores the study of English language both as a medium of communication and as a topic in its own right, with an emphasis on the ability of students to pursue lines of enquiry, analyse texts produced by others and debate different views.

The methods of analysis appropriate to the fields of English language/linguistics underpin all the elements of the specification, and these are applied to distinctive topic areas.

The course combines examination and coursework components

Course Topics
Language and the individual - including detail textual analysis

Language varieties - looking at the different aspects of language according to class, race, gender, age and region

Child acquisition of language

Language investigation

Original Writing



English Literature

Key Information

Level: A Level
Examination Board: AQA
Subject Leader: Mr Jones
Course Leader: Ms Mcilroy

Entry Requirements

This course is open to students who have achieved at least grade Level 5-9 in both English Language and English Literature GCSE.

Why Choose this course?

This course requires a love of reading and a readiness to investigate, not only the set texts, but a wide range of supporting material. In addition, you will need to demonstrate initiative in personal research and organisational skills and to appreciate that success depends on the enthusiasm with which you consolidate lessons with personal investigation. Willingness and confidence in forming your own opinion and to express it with conviction are also necessary requirements.

Prospects

This is a highly regarded qualification, which will be acceptable for any course of study at degree level. It is particularly suitable for students who wish to progress to journalism, teaching, publishing, the media or any career which requires a high level of literacy. It is an excellent preparation for the demands and study skills needed for higher education.

Course Content

Students will follow the AQA specification A.
This specification has a clear philosophy of reading and meaning and aims to encourage pupils to develop as an informed, independent reader and critic of literary texts. This will be achieved through a course of wide and close reading.

This course provides pupils with maximum opportunities for both coursework and examination. The non-exam assessment component provides opportunities for students to pursue their own areas of interest and develop personal and independent learning skills.

The variety of examination assessment styles allows students to develop a wide range of skills, such as the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research which are valuable for both further study and future employment.

Aims of the course
On this course you should develop your interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies as you:

Read widely and independently set texts and wider reading poetry, drama and prose texts

Engage creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them

Develop and apply your knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in speech and writing

Explore the contexts and others' interpretation of the texts you are reading