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English

The Department aims to provide students with an engaging, varied and challenging curriculum. We aim to teach students the skills required to become confident, critical readers of both fiction and non-fiction texts. We aim to develop their communication skills in both speaking and written form to enable them in future education and employment.

We have revised our Key Stage 3 programme to meet the requirements of the Revised National Framework. We use themed units of work that are contextually relevant to students to maximise engagement and co-ordinate cross-curricular links with History, P.E, and Geography.

We currently follow the Edexcel specification at GCSE (English Language and English Literature, English, Digital Communications), and AQA at AS and A2 Level (English Literature). A Level English Literature is a popular path for 6th formers, who often go on to study English Literature at University.

We offer students extra-curricular activities to fully support their study and enjoyment of English. We take students to the theatre to see productions of the texts they are studying at local theatres and in London. We have had many opportunities to see award-winning productions of ‘Othello’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Dr Faustus’ and local productions of ‘The History Boys’.  Members of the department are keen for students to develop a love of literature and the theatre, and offer trips to performances at every opportunity. We also offer an enrichment trip to the ‘Harry Potter Studio Tour’ to broaden students understanding of the career options available within literature and film.

The department comprises of 6 members of staff:

Subject Leader- Miss Emily Johnson
ejohnson@ursuline.kent.sch.uk

2nd in charge – Mrs Yvonne Horton
yhorton@ursuline.kent.sch.uk

Mrs Jennifer Cartland
jallibon@ursuline.kent.sch.uk

Ms Donna Steel
DSteel@ursuline.kent.sch.uk

Miss Ayesha Mobin
AMobin@ursuline.kent.sch.uk

Mrs Janet Denton
Jdenton@ursuline.kent.sch.uk

Year 7

Content Overview

In Year 7 we continue to develop a range of Literacy skills throughout the year. The year starts with a transition unit to help students settle into Secondary School and make links to their learning in Year 6.  Termly units are ultimately linked to building skills towards GCSE and consist of a the study of 19th century short stories; an introduction to Shakespeare; a modern play; poetry from other cultures; the study of a novel.

Assessment

There are 2 or 3 assessments each term, based around the key reading and writing skills. At the end of the year students will sit an examination. Assessment is designed to track students’ progress in the key skills required for GCSE.

Year 8

Content Overview

Year 8 continues to develop literacy skills, with focus on both non-fiction and fiction reading and writing. Termly units study a novel; pre-20th century poetry; a Shakespeare play; non-fiction writing; 19th century story extracts; a modern play.

Assessment

There are 2 or 3 assessments each term, based around the key reading and writing skills. At the end of the year students will sit an examination based on a reading and writing topic they have studied.

Year 9

Content Overview

Year 9 focuses very much on ensuring students are well prepared for their GCSE with units structured to which develop skills to tackle the rigorous nature of GCSEs. Language reading and writing skills focus on GCSE extracts and question papers. For the Literature examination we prepare students through the study of a complete Shakespeare play; a modern novel and poetry.

Assessment

Assessment towards the end of the year consists of sitting a GCSE Language example paper to help students get ready for the rigours of the GCSE expectations.