Head of Faculty: Laura Pyett
English plays a pivotal role across the school curriculum and the world at large. Over each key stage, every All Saints Academy student will receive a rich and varied diet of English Language and Literature delivered in a challenging and engaging manner. It is our aim within the department to consistently:
- Consider every student’s individual learning needs and accommodate accordingly to allow every student to make expected progress.
- To challenge and engage all students in lessons ensuring sufficient breadth and depth of content to stretch the most able as well as allow all pupils to make good progress.
- Assess students’ progress regularly, (in line with Academy policy) and to monitor progress using relevant data to inform planning and set personal learning targets.
- To monitor and track every students’ progress regularly and put in meaningful intervention strategies if necessary to ensure good progress for all.
- Encourage students to develop a life-long love and enthusiasm for language and literature in all forms.
- Enable students to become both critical and creative thinkers, readers and writers through the development of the skills and resources they will need to succeed in an increasingly literate and multimodal world.
- Encourage a knowledge, understanding, appreciation and tolerance of the multicultural and multi-ethnic society and world in which we live.
In addition to Academy documentation, all student exercise books will contain an ‘Expectation in English’ page which will be introduced and discussed during the first lesson of the academic year and referred back to regularly.
Long term plans and units of work are held in Academic Folders on the English area of the t-drive. All department colleagues are encouraged to share resources in this area.
- At KS3 (Years 7 and 8) long term plans and units of work are primarily designed to equip the students with the necessary knowledge and skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening to ensure they are GCSE-skills ready by the end of Year 8.
- At KS4 (Years 9-11) all students will follow the AQA GCSE English Language (syllabus code 8700) and AQA GCSE English Literature (syllabus code 8702). Both qualifications have extensive content and include the study of a pre-20th novel, a Shakespeare play, poetry and a modern drama.
- The English department currently offers AQA English Literature at KS5 (syllabus 7711/7712). This qualification builds on the skills secured at GCSE and includes the study of poetry, a Shakespeare play and a range of modern fiction.