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 M Money - Subject Leader
Ms E Jacka - Second in charge
Ms C Durling
Ms E Belejova
Mr K Potapov
Mr J Charlton
Ms C Worthington
Ms F Hachich
Key Stage 3
Year 7 to 9 are taught in mixed ability groups. Text choices and approaches to learning are designed to build core skills that will be eventually examined at Key stage 4. The curriculum has recently been re-worked to ensure that the tenets of 'Exploration', 'Experience' and 'Ethical Principles' form the basis of how content is delivered and that the texts covered are diverse and culturally rich. 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 four 80-minute lessons over the weekly 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:
- Victorian England- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- Looking Back - Myths and Legends
- The Future in literature-Dystopian Visions of the future
- Creative writing
- Grammar for Writing
Year 8 students currently have four 80-minute lessons each week. Text choices offer suitable challenge and scope for wider reading and development with an increasing emphasis on the writer's craft:
- Gothic Literature Frankenstein and romantic rebellion
- Shakespeare’s Villains -Antagonists and inner conflict
- War and Conflict- Non fiction and Poetry
Year 9 students also have four 80-minute lessons each week. 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.
- Of Mice and Men- Identity Diversity and Community Anthology
- Romeo and Juliet- fortune’s fools- Choices and consequences
- Short Stories- Reader as detective
All Key Stage 3 classes spend one of their weekly lessons in either the library, in support of our Accelerated Reader Programme, or in class for Let's Think In English, developing engagement, inference and oracy through group work on texts.
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 four 80-minute lessons over the two weeks.
- 20th-century novel or play - 'An Inspector Calls' (LIT EXAM TEXT)
- 19th-century novel - 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde' (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.