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English

Students’ achievement in English is outstanding. The proportions of students making and exceeding expected levels of progress are well above average.’ (Ofsted)

KEY STAGE 3

English lessons at Fairfield equip students with the skills and the confidence that they need to access the whole curriculum, and to be lifelong learners and successful in life beyond school. We aim to make English enjoyable and engaging by covering a wide range of texts from a variety of cultures. The English department is passionate about the subject and we hope that this is reflected through innovative and creative lessons where students are required to be actively engaged in their work.

At Key Stage 3 students are taught in mixed ability groups. All students are exposed to variety of texts from a range of eras, including newspaper and magazine articles, extracts from modern and classic fiction as well as short stories, plays and media texts.

To build on the work completed in lessons students will also be asked to complete homework – this is in line with the school’s policy and each task aims to consolidate learning which takes place in the classroom whilst developing students’ independence, organisational skills and curiosity for the subject.

Year 7

In Year 7 students are introduced to Key Stage 3 through a range of texts including The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, an introduction to the work and life of William Shakespeare, and a selection of non-fiction.

Year 8

Schemes of work in Year 8 include: a gothic literature module (with a vast array of extracts from modern, 19th century and pre 19th century texts), William Shakespeare’s most famous monologues, a contemporary novel and a non-fiction writing unit. Students will develop their ability to be critical readers who can analyse language well and question authorial intent.

Year 9

Over the course of Year 9 we will develop and foster the skills students will need to be successful at Key Stage 4. Assessments will prepare them for the new English Language GCSE exam which they will be sitting in Year 11. Students will study a range of non-fiction, William Shakespeare’s Othello, a range of 19th century extracts, contemporary poetry and the novel Of Mice and Men.

KEY STAGE 4

Fairfield are yet again celebrating a fantastic set of GCSE results: 74.6% of students achieved a 4+ in English (equivalent to a pass). We also obtained 8 grade ‘9s’ which are only awarded to two or three out of every hundred students and 12 grade 8s which are equivalent to the old A*.

Language

At Fairfield we aim to make English Language accessible, useful, interesting and enjoyable for all students, regardless of confidence in the subject.

Students are graded from 1 up to 9. There is no coursework or in-school assessments; everything is 100% based on exam performance, due to educational reforms. Students will sit two exams at the end of the two-year course.

Our exam board for GCSE English Language is AQA. The course is flexible and exciting as there are very few restrictions as to what content we can teach, making it ideal for a range of students and classes. Students study a range of fiction texts including: Fantasy and Dystopia, classic fiction from the literary cannon and modern short stories; as well as: non-fiction extracts, newspaper and magazine articles and media texts.

Students are also taught how to develop their creative writing skills, using structure and form for effect. Discursive writing is also on the curriculum with students able to write letters, leaflets, blogs, speeches and articles about a range of current affair topics that they feel strongly about.

Literature

English Literature has traditionally been one of our most popular and enjoyable subjects. Our aim is to encourage a love of literature and we teach a wide range of analytical skills to set them up for a lifetime of enjoyable reading.

As with the Language course, this is a new GCSE and students will be graded from 1 up to 9. There are no coursework or any in-school assessments; everything is based on exam performance, due to educational reforms. Students will sit two exams at the end of the two-year course.

Our students have opportunities to explore: a Shakespeare text (Romeo and Juliet), a range of contemporary and classic poetry, a 19th Century novel (Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) and a modern text (An Inspector Calls). Where possible, links will be made with other texts, writers and historical contexts, where applicable, to ensure students get a rounded and inspiring experience of English literature.

 

 

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