Curriculum - English

The English Department is currently made up of 17 staff, including full and part-time teachers. We work as a supportive team, jointly planning lessons to ensure a vibrant and varied curriculum for our students. Our aim is to maximise the potential of every student to ensure they make outstanding progress during their time at Chellaston. Each key stage is managed by a Key Stage Coordinator, who supports the Subject Leader in ensuring that members of the teaching team feel supported and empowered so that they can maximise the progress of all learners.


We occupy a suite of rooms in the central part of the school, and have two additional classrooms in the music and drama block. There is a state of the art computer room within this area, as well as ready access to the excellent ICT facilities elsewhere in the school, including a bank of laptops and a set of iPads that can be used within the classroom.  Each classroom has a white board and ceiling-mounted projector, along with a built in speaker system to enable the smooth integration of audio-visual resources into lessons.  Two classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards. We also have access to a well-stocked library.

 

 

 

 

The Department

Mrs Leahy

Ms Merrick

Ms Eley

Ms Carr

Mr Cartwright

Miss  Cunningham

Ms De Armon

Mr Sheppard

Mr Keeley

Ms Wright

Ms Voice

Ms De'one

Ms Drake

Ms Kupferberg

Ms Nelson

Ms Smith

Ms Vaughan

KS3 English

Students at KS3 study a skills focused curriculum ensuring they have the necessary skills to perform exceptionally well at GCSE as well as prepare them for English in every day life.

Using a variety of techniques, teachers diagnose areas for development in a student’s ability and then plan lessons accordingly. All students are expected to work to the best of their ability at all times, in and outside of the classroom. Two homeworks are set per week to develop students’ understanding outside of the classroom.  When possible, “flipped learning” is used to encourage the students to find information out at home before applying and using it in lessons.

 

Each term focuses on a different themed unit. Within this, there will be a checkpoint activity to check how well a student is applying their knowledge from the first part of the term. This will form a target that the student can then focus on for the second half before sitting an End Of Unit Assessment to monitor their progress across the term, as well across the year/Key Stage.

 

Students with reading ages significantly lower than their chronological ages are supported during Accelerated Reader lessons, an online, individualised reading scheme.

 

KS3 LTP:

 

Setting information:

 

Year 7

Students are separated into two half year groups, ‘Upper’ and ‘Lower’.  This is done according to which form group they are in and is not an indicator of a child’s attainment.

Students in each half year are then placed in whole-school sets – creative or non-creative.  Each half year contains five ability sets.

 

Year 8

All students in this year group are separated into two half year groups, ‘Upper’ and ‘Lower’.  This is done according to which form group they are in and is not an indicator of a child’s attainment.

Students in each half year are then placed into ability sets.  Sets 3 and 4 are parallel in terms of ability.

 

 

Year 9

All students in this year group are separated into two half year groups, ‘Upper’ and ‘Lower’.  This is done according to which form group they are in and is not an indicator of a child’s attainment.

 

Students in each half year are then placed into ability sets.  Sets 3 and 4 are parallel in terms of ability.

 

 

GCSE English

In Year 11 students are following the WJEC English Language specification.  Lessons are planned in order to challenge the most able students within these groups, and supportive strategies implemented to enable the remaining students to aspire to these levels. The progress of all students is carefully monitored and appropriate intervention offered, including an additional lunch time club, focused after school controlled assessment sessions and regular home-school communication.  Teachers regularly meet to standardise marking of controlled assessments and to jointly plan schemes of work.

 

Our Year 10s and all future GCSE groups will be following the AQA English Language and AQA English Literature specifications. As with all year groups, a systematic plan has been put together to teach the necessary skills for students to excel in these exams at the end of two years, but has also been designed to encourage and foster a love of English.

 

After KS3, students in each half year come together and are placed in eleven ability bands.  Sets 5-8 and sets 9+10 are parallel sets which each contain students with similar attainment and target grades.

 

 

ALevel English

AS/A2 is well subscribed and taught in various blocks allowing a range of subject pairings. We offer English Literature (AQA B specification) and English Language (AQA specification), with most teachers in the department teaching at least one KS5 class.

 

Students are expected to complete preparatory study prior to the start of their course and are then taught by two teachers who share the delivery of the syllabus.

 

Students aiming for A* grades at the end of Year 13 are invited to attend workshops in which they will explore sample responses and develop the independent skills needed to achieve a mark securely in the top band.   Students select their own questions for their A2 coursework, both for Language and Literature, ensuring that they can pursue their own areas of interest and knowledge.

 

Teachers regularly attend standardisation and moderation meetings, as well as inset training on successful strategies to stretch and challenge both ends of the ability spectrum.  Students participate in extra-curricular activities such as an English discussion group and visits to watch performances of both their set texts and any other performances/ activities that will widen their subject knowledge.

 

Long Term Plan

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Long Term Plans for English can be downloaded here.