- Key Stage 3
- Key Stage 4
- WJEC GCSE English Language and Literature
- WJEC AS/A2 English Literature
We are a highly successful department, with the aim of encouraging all our students to enjoy the subject as much as we do through interactive lessons and engaging subject material.
We offer theatre visits; performances from travelling theatre companies and professional story-tellers; World Book Day celebrations; Book Club; Readathon (sponsored read); Bookworm (book review programme with the South Wales Argus); school newspaper.
English is taught in Key Stages 3, 4 and in the 6th Form. Students follow the National Curriculum, WJEC GCSE English Language and Literature and WJEC AS/A2 English Literature. Students are taught in Form Groups in Year 7 then set according to ability in Years 8 to 11.
KS3 and KS4 English is comprised of three strands:
Speaking and Listening – individually, in groups and in role. This is where students demonstrate their ability to speak effectively, using standard English and a wide vocabulary. They also learn to listen closely and respond appropriately to others.
Reading – fiction (poetry, prose and drama) and non-fiction. Students will enjoy whole class reading of novels, plays and poems, where they will be encouraged to think actively about how the texts work and the effects they can have on the reader. Classes will explore possible meanings and examine techniques used by writers for specific purposes. Students will also study non-fiction texts such as leaflets, brochures, websites, advertisements, newspaper/magazine articles, reviews and letters. As above, they will be taught to examine these texts and explore how they achieve their purpose and suit their target audience.
Writing – fiction and non-fiction. Students will learn to write accurately and effectively. They are taught how to use standard English spelling, punctuation and grammar and encouraged to apply this to their writing to make it effective. They are also taught techniques of writing and how to match their style of language to purpose and target audience.
We are very proud of our results at all key stages.
KS3 2011: 87% of our students achieved level 5 or above, with 49% achieving level 6 or above.
KS4 2010: 76% of our students achieve grade C or above