English

Staff

Name
Miss T Ganda – Head of Department
Mrs S Harrington
Mr B Harris
Miss E Jones
Miss S Walters
Mrs E Hutchings

About English

In year 7 pupils study a novel unit, where they complete work in the following categories: Speaking and Listening – pupils work in both formal and informal situations and carry out tasks such as role play, hot-seating and group debates.   Reading – pupils are expected to read and respond to a class novel. Writing – pupils produce extended writing tasks based on literary texts, such as stories, letters and leaflets.  Pupils also work from the Heinemann Edges textbooks to improve their basic skills.

During the year they also study a choice of novel and undertake a wide range of activities in their programme of study including group/pair work, individual work and I.C.T. They also write a “Transition” letter to Year 6 pupils. The tasks based on the novel are a reading task involving analysis and comprehension, a Speaking and Listening task involving group and pair work and a writing task – e.g. newspaper report.

The tasks based on the transition project are a reading task based on a poem “The New Boy”, a Speaking and Listening task involving group and pair work and a writing assignment – e.g. Informal Letter.

Year 8 pupils carry out tasks based on the study of a choice of novel and a non- fiction subject – analysing leaflets. Pupils undertake a wide range of activities in their programme of studying group/pair work, individual work and I.C.T.

The main tasks based on the novel are a reading task involving demonstration of analysis and comprehension, a Speaking and Listening task involving group and pair work and a writing task – newspaper report. The tasks based on the non – fiction unit is a PowerPoint presentation advertising a new theme park, a reading task – Llancaiach Fawr Leaflet analysis and a writing task – e.g. a leaflet advertising a new theme park.

Year 8 pupils also study unit of work that introduces them to the works of William Shakespeare. They complete work in the following categories – Speaking and Listening – pupils work in both formal and informal situations and carry out tasks such as role play, hot-seating and group debates.  Reading – pupils are expected to read and respond to a class novel. Writing – pupils produce extended writing tasks based on media and literary texts, such as stories, letters and leaflets.  Pupils also work from the Heinemann Edges textbooks to improve their basic skills.

Year 9 pupils undertake a wide range of activities in their programme of study including group/pair work, individual work and I.C.T. Tasks are based on the study of Gothic Horror and a choice of novel.  The main tasks based on the Gothic Horror Unit are the reading of ghost stories as a genre, a Speaking and Listening task hot-seating characters from a ghost story and writing a ghost story. The tasks based on the novel are a reading task involving analysis and comprehension, a speaking and Listening task involving group and pair work and a newspaper report.

Pupils also complete a unit of work on William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as well as completing the Communication part of their Welsh Baccalaureate. They complete work in the following categories – Speaking and Listening – pupils work in both formal and informal situations and carry out tasks such as role play, hot-seating and group debates.   Reading – pupils are expected to read and respond to literary texts (novels, plays, poems) and media texts (leaflets, newspaper articles and magazine articles). Writing – pupils produce extended writing tasks based on media and literary texts, such as stories, letters and leaflets.  Pupils also work from the Heinemann Edges textbooks to improve their basic skills.

At GCSE, pupils are taught the following areas:  Studying fiction and non-fiction texts; Writing to express ideas and information; Creative writing for narrative and descriptive passages; Developing Speaking and Listening skills; Producing scripted and improvised presentations;                 Proof reading; Editing; Analysing data;   Dealing with context questions set on specific novels and plays; Writing personal responses to unseen poems;  Making close reference to texts to support opinions I have expressed; Literary and linguistic features in texts; Tracing character and plot development; Speaking and Listening Skills; Drama tasks based on novels and plays.

In year 10, pupils learn to deal with context questions set on books that they have been reading.  They also write personal responses to unseen poems and practise making close reference to texts and quoting to support opinions that they express.  Students also produce one piece of coursework for English Literature:  a comparison of a Shakespeare text with poetry. Examination questions are also practised.

Year 11 students study both fiction and non-fiction texts in preparation for the examination and the controlled tasks. They learn to write for a variety of purposes and audiences, including descriptive, narrative and closed writing. In speaking and listening work, students perform both individually and in a group and produced two pieces of coursework for English language, as well as practising answering comprehension style examination questions.

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