English

The English Department

 

Meet the author visit with Robert Muchamore  Meet the author visit with Robert Muchamore 

 

Staff

  • Elle Coney (CON), Head of English
  • Liz Burr (BUR), Teacher of English and Sociology
  • Sarah Chambers (CHM), Second in English and Head of Drama
  • Jenny Fletcher (FLE), Teacher of English, member of SLT (Senior Leadership Team)
  • Keith Owen (OWE), Teacher of English, Drama and Literacy, SENco (Special Education Needs Co-ord.), member of SLT (Senior Leadership Team)
  • Georgina Soanes (SOA), Teacher of English and Media
  • Philip Smedley (SME), Teacher of English and Media
  • Rosalind Thacker (THA), Teacher of English and History, Literacy Co-ordinator

 

 

Curriculum

 

KS3

We aim to keep our KS3 curriculum fresh and are introducing up-to-date resources to the key stage. English offers the opportunity to explore a range of issues and we need to respond to the demands of an ever-changing world through the provision of relevant and interesting activities and materials.

 

 

KS4

AQA GCSE English (4700), English language (4705) and English literature (4710)The new syllabi provide pupils with a rich and varied experience. The department is particularly excited by the new English language qualification which involves the study of spoken and written language.

 

 

SUMMER READS look at our Blog http://rhscgoodreads.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

Recommended Learning Links for GCSE:

http://www.thinkalink.co.uk/

http://bloggingshakespeare.com/

http://findingshakespeare.co.uk/

http://60-minutes.bloggingshakespeare.com/

http://gettingtoknowshakespeare.com/

http://yearofshakespeare.com/

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/english

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/

http://literatureguides.philipallan.co.uk/studentgcse.aspx

http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcses/english/index.php

http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes 

 

KS5

AQA GCE English language (2705 - 1706/2706) The English language course is a rigorous but varied course which provides students with valuable transferrable skills. In addition to working on original writing, students will also explore language use in a range of situations – language and gender, language and power, language and technology – and develop sound analytical skills. For A2, students face the challenge of producing a linguistic study and a media text as well as exploring language change and child language acquisition.

 

 

AQA GCE English literature (2704 – 1741/2741) Our team of highly enthusiastic and specialist teachers wanted to provide students with an exciting range of challenging texts and so decided to offer the Victorian option for the AS level. We all feel that the breadth and variety of this era’s literature provides a sound foundation for literary study and it relates perfectly to the A2 topic of “Love through the Ages”.

 

 

Recommended Learning Links for A level English language:

http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/english/english-language-b-updates.php

http://englishlangsfx.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/contents.htm#langa

http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes 

 

Learning Links for A level English literature:

http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/english/english-literature-a-updates.php

http://www.gutenberg.org/

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/english-literature

http://literatureguides.philipallan.co.uk/studentalevel.aspx

http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/contents.htm#lita

http://www.helpmewithenglish.co.uk/page_1532622.html

http://www.helpmewithenglish.co.uk/page_1532622.html

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Lessons

We aim to provide challenging and inspiring lessons in which all students are fully-involved in their learning. Students will find themselves involved in individual tasks as well as group work and undertake a wide variety of learning activities.

 

 

Successes

We are very proud of our results – for example, August 2011 saw five A2 English literature students achieve A* grades, including one who is now studying at Cambridge University. Ultimately though, we aim to equip all our students with the literacy skills they need for success in life.

 

 

Experiences

We always look for opportunities to enhance students’ learning with experiences outside the classroom. Students have participated in activities such as workshops from local writers and theatre companies; theatre performances in school, Norwich, Cambridge and London; talks by famous authors such as Charlie Higson and Darren Shan; events for National Poetry Day and World Book Day; public speaking competitions and many extra-curricular revision classes.

 

Recent Events 

Year 8 were recently visited by adventure horror author, Alexander Gordon Smith. AGS spoke to the whole of Year 8 about writing and bringing ideas onto the page before leading workshops with a selection of Year 8 pupils. It was a very special experience to be able to have a published author guide you in crafting your writing for an audience.