English

Understanding English language provides access to the whole curriculum. Through being taught to write and speak fluently, pupils learn to communicate their ideas and emotions to others; through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, spiritually and socially.

Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. Pupils learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively. Literature in English is rich and influential. It reflects the experiences of people from many countries and times and contributes to our sense of cultural identity.

Pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts, gaining access to the pleasure and world of knowledge that reading offers. Looking at the patterns, structures, origins and conventions of English helps pupils understand how language works. Using this understanding, pupils can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations, as well as appreciate and interpret the choices made by other writers and speakers.

Year 7 English

As they enter Penrice, students will build on their work at primary school in developing their skills of reading, writing and speaking (Spoken Language). During the year they will experience a range of Literature including extracts from Shakespeare, a range of poetry and engaging pre-20th century short stories. Additionally, they will explore an assortment of non-fiction texts in order to develop their critical reading skills. Across the year they will also focus on their Spoken Language skills to develop their ability to present in different situations.

Students will use the Accelerated Reader scheme to support their reading development. The programme will guide them to a book from the library which will both support and challenge them. We strongly encourage them to read at home for 20 minutes each night to best support their academic growth.

Year 8 English

Students will experience a rich variety of Literature and Language as they develop their skills in the subject. During the year they will explore a range of texts from different time periods including a modern novel and Gothic pieces that will be used to inspire their own writing. Additionally they will explore a Shakespeare play and a variety of non-fiction texts to develop their wider reading skills and critical thinking skills. Across the year they will also focus on their Spoken Language skills in preparation for GCSE.

Students will continue to use the Accelerated Reader scheme to support their reading development. The programme will guide them to a book from the library that will both support and challenge them. We strongly encourage them to read at home for 20 minutes each night to best support their academic growth.

Year 9 English

Students will follow the AQA English Language and English Literature syllabus and during Year 9 they will develop skills essential for both GCSE exams. During the year, pupils will explore a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, that will engage, inspire and challenge them. They will build their independence and confidence in critical thinking as well as developing their writing styles. In preparation for their end of year exams and GCSEs, pupils will sit exam style questions- this will include Spoken Language which is endorsed separately.

Year 10 English

Students will study AQA English Language and English Literature.

English Language- Pupils will sit two exams which will assess their reading and writing skills.  Paper 1 will focus on fiction; pupils will be expected to read an extract and answer a series of questions about it.  These questions will assess pupils’ ability to analyse language and structure as well as evaluate.  Pupils will also be expected to write a piece of description or narrative.  Paper 2 will focus on non-fiction; pupils will be expected to read two linked texts from different eras and analyse language choices as well as compare them.  They will also be expected to write a non-fiction text.

English Literature- Pupils will sit two exams which will assess their ability to critically analyse a Shakespeare play, a 19th century novel, a modern text and poetry.  During this year, pupils will develop their independence and critical thinking skills when responding to extracts and whole texts.  In their poetry exam they will be expected to compare poems from a GCSE anthology as well as respond to an unseen poem.

Pupils will also present their Spoken Language which is endorsed separately.

Year 11 English

Students will study AQA English Language and English Literature.

English Language- Pupils will sit two exams which will assess their reading and writing skills.  Paper 1 will focus on fiction; pupils will be expected to read an extract and answer a series of questions about it.  These questions will assess pupils’ ability to analyse language and structure as well as evaluate.  Pupils will also be expected to write a piece of description or narrative.  Paper 2 will focus on non-fiction; pupils will be expected to read two linked texts from different eras and analyse language choices as well as compare them.  They will also be expected to write a non-fiction text.

English Literature- Pupils will sit two exams which will assess their ability to critically analyse a Shakespeare play, a 19th century novel, a modern text and poetry.  During this year, pupils will develop their independence and critical thinking skills when responding to extracts and whole texts.  In their poetry exam they will be expected to compare poems from a GCSE anthology as well as respond to an unseen poem.

Pupils will also present their Spoken Language which is endorsed separately.

English Team

Mr C Heartford – Assistant Principal (cheartford@penrice.org.uk)

Mrs J Sigrist – Curriculum and Progress Lead (jcaddy@penrice.org.uk)

Mrs S Tooley – Teaching and Learning Lead (stooley@penrice.org.uk)

Mrs C Gurd – Teaching and Learning Lead (cgurd@penrice.org.uk)

Mrs K Taylor – (ktaylor@penrice.org.uk)

Ms S Hendy (shendy@penrice.org.uk)

Mr P Jackson (pjackson@penrice.org.uk)

Mrs J Trerise (jtrerise@penrice.org.uk)

Mrs A Baker (abaker@penrice.org.uk)

Mrs A Hague (ahague@penrice.org.uk)

Mr P Johnson (pjohnson@penrice.org.uk)

Mrs J Clarke (jclarke@penrice.org.uk)

Mrs K Deller (kdellar@penrice.org.uk)

Ms C Pitt (cpitt@penrice.org.uk)

Mrs E Morgan (emorgan@penrice.org.uk)

Ms J Cox (jcox@penrice.org.uk)