English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society.
It is a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for students, understanding language provides access to the whole curriculum. Through being taught to write and speak fluently, students learn to communicate their ideas and emotions to others; through their reading and listening others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, students have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, spiritually and socially. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables students both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.
The English Department is made up of eight members of staff:
Head of Faculty: Miss J Pendergast
Second in Faculty: Mr C Tatton
Mrs G Hargreaves
Mrs S Taylor
Miss J Style
Mr A Turner
Mr D Ralph
Mrs C Watson
Key Stage 3
Our over-arching aim for English studies at West Craven High School is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping students with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. We aim to ensure that all students:
- Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in, and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
The programme of study each year is as follows:
Term 1 (Winter)
Term 2 (Spring)
Term 3 (Summer)
- Shakespeare and Me
- Spoken Language Presentations
- Don’t Get Me Started On
- Unseen Fictional Extracts
- Short Pre-1900 Story: The Speckled Band
- Spoken Language Presentations
- Transition to KS4
Key Stage 4
GCSE – Year 9
This year group are studying for the new style, linear GCSEs, and are on a two year GCSE English Literature programme, allowing them to sit this first GCSE at the end of Year 10. This year group will then progress on to study GCSE English Language whilst in Year 11.
GCSE – Year 10
This year group are also studying for the new style, linear GCSEs, and are on a one year GCSE English Literature programme, also allowing them to sit this first GCSE at the end of Year 10. This year group will progress on to study GCSE English Language whilst in Year 11.
GCSE – Year 11
This year group are consolidating their learning from Year 10, as well as perfecting their examination skills. This is all in preparation for their GCSEs in English Language and in English Literature, which will be sat at the end of Year 11.
AQA GCSE English Language
Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.
This specification will ensure that students can read fluently and write effectively. Students will be able to demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts.
Students will sit two external examinations for this qualification as well as taking part in a non-assessed spoken language task.
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing comprises a reading section that focusses on an unseen literature fiction text, as well as a writing section that focusses on descriptive or narrative writing. This paper is 1 hour 45 minutes long and is worth 50% of the GCSE.
Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives comprises a reading section that focusses on one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text, as well as a writing section that focusses on writing to present a viewpoint. This paper is 1 hour 45 minutes long and is worth 50% of the GCSE.
AQA GCSE English Literature
This course encourages students to develop knowledge and skills in reading, writing and critical thinking. Through literature, students have a chance to develop culturally and acquire knowledge of the best that has been thought and written. Studying GCSE English Literature encourages students to read widely for pleasure, and as a preparation for studying literature at a higher level.
Students will sit two external examinations for this qualification.
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel
This paper is 1 hour 45 minutes long and is worth 40% of the GCSE.
Section A revolves around a Shakespeare text. The students will answer one question on the play Romeo and Juliet. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.
Section B revolves around the 19th-century novel. The students will answer one question on A Christmas Carol. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from this novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.
Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry
This paper is 2 hour 15 minutes long and is worth 60% of the GCSE.
Section A revolves around a modern text. Students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on An Inspector Calls.
Section B revolves around poetry. Students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.
Section C revolves around unseen poetry. Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.