We believe the skills students learn in English are crucial to success at school and in future life. The aim of the English department is to work successfully as a team to create and deliver a stimulating, varied and challenging curriculum for all our students. We want our students to enjoy their lessons, and we aim to create an environment which will foster a love of literature, debate and discussion.
We work closely with the librarian to promote reading through the Accelerated Reading Programme: We know that able readers tend to be high achievers. Therefore as English teachers, we give independent reading a high profile and monitor their participation in the scheme.
All teaching rooms in the English Department are equipped with interactive whiteboards and we have a wide stock of texts to engage our readers. We have a wide stock of texts to engage our readers and continue to review and update this at KS3. At GCSE our students are encouraged to purchase their own texts to annotate and make notes in preparation for terminal exams.
Ms C Durling - Subject Leader
Ms M Money - Second in charge
Ms D Afriyie
Ms E Barbosa
Ms E Belejova
Ms H Elsharif
Ms E Jacka
Mr K Potapov
Mr E Walker
Key Stage 3
Year 7 are taught in mixed ability groups on first arrival. From Year 8 onwards, classes are then set in broad ability groupings. In each year group, text choices and approaches to learning are tailored to suit the needs of the students but all essentially follow the same curriculum with shared emphasis on particular skills and core outcomes for assessment. We track students across the key stage against the AET 'age-related expectations' to ensure progress in reading and writing.
In Year 7 students have five double lessons over the two-week timetable. Some classes may have two teachers for English. The curriculum is divided into thematic ‘units’, offering opportunities for different genres of reading and writing for a range of purposes. The curriculum covers:
- Grammar for Writing
- Animal poetry
- Sci-fi and futuristic writing
- The magic of Shakespeare
- Literary short stories
- A class novel - 'Challenge or Change', 'Two Weeks With the Queen', 'Holes', 'Underground to Canada', 'Private Peaceful'
- Creative writing
Year 8 students currently have five 90-minute lessons over two weeks. Text choices offer suitable challenge and scope for wider reading and development with an increasing emphasis on the writer's craft:
- The Gothic tradition
- Shakespeare’s villains
- Contemporary Poetry
- Defective fiction
- A novel or play - 'Persecution', 'Witch Child', 'Abomination', 'The Crucible', 'Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', 'Stone Cold', Dickens extracts
- Film analysis
Year 9 students also have five 90-minute lessons over two weeks. The curriculum has been planned to challenge students in the lead up to GCSE both in terms of the Literature and Language AQA specifications. Their assessments at this point will be GCSE style and in the summer term we begin one of the Literature texts for GCSE.
- A class novel - 'Outsiders', 'I’m the King of the Castle', 'Of Mice and Men', 'The Curious Incident of the Dog' in the Night-Time
- A Shakespeare play - Romeo and Juliet
- War Poetry and ‘conflict’
- First Give Charity project- writing to argue and persuade
- Dystopian fiction
- Narrative/descriptive writing
- An Inspector Calls - Literature GCSE text
Key Stage 4
At Richmond Park Academy our students follow the AQA specification for English Language and Literature. They obtain two equally weighted, separate GCSEs in these subjects but study them together in a combined curriculum, with six 90-minute lessons over the two weeks. Some students may be entered early for Literature at the end of Year 10.
- 20th-century novel or play - 'An Inspector Calls' (LIT EXAM TEXT)
- 19th-century novel - 'A Christmas Carol' (LIT EXAM TEXT)
- Contemporary and literary heritage poetry (ANTHOLOGY AND UNSEEN FOR LIT EXAM)
- Writing to describe or narrate (ENGLISH EXAM)
- Comparing non-fiction texts (ENGLISH EXAM)
- Formal speaking and Listening Assessments (ENGLISH REQUIREMENT)
Our current Year 11 are completing the final year of the two-year GCSE course for AQA English Language and Literature. The English exam is assessed by two exams and the Literature also has two papers. The students complete their Literature set texts this year reading
- Shakespeare’s 'Macbeth'
- A selection of ‘Unseen’ Poetry
Much of Year 11 will be spent reviewing and practising skills for both sets of GCSE papers.