The English and Media Department at Bullers Wood School For Boys consists of a hardworking and enthusiastic team of teachers. We teach in a suite of six dedicated English classrooms on one floor, on which the library is also situated. Each English classroom has its own promethean interactive screen We also have access to the Mac suite for GCSE Media Studies.

The overarching philosophy of the English and Media department, at Bullers Wood School For Boys, would be one of rewarding high challenge for all. Whether it is the reading of or writing about one of our enduring heritage core texts or the close analysis of one of our curriculum linked diverse contemporary texts, our aim is that all pupils should fulfil their potential in English and leave the School with a love of learning about the subject.

The teaching environment within our calm English classes provides both challenge and enjoyment. The learning culture within our English classrooms is designed to support individual talents and ambitions and helps pupils to grow in their understanding of the world. We also place great importance on forging close relationships with parents and guardians to support them and their sons’ learning whilst here at Bullers.

We firmly believe, as a department, that students’ experiences within the classroom should be built upon through a varied programme of guest speakers and trips. We were recently visited by the Quantum Theatre company who performed in our theatre space a production of A Christmas Carol for our Year 10 boys. We have also arranged visits to the Globe theatre.

The department meets regularly and has developed systems that work for marking, assessment, feedback and progress. We also regularly discuss recent and relevant evidenced research that informs our teaching and evolving approaches to our curriculum.

We teach our pupils the value of constructive questioning , analysis and debate and give them the tools with which to interrogate the world and to form their own ideas and opinions, as well as appreciating and respecting those of others. We work hard to place a high value on the importance of independent reading for pleasure and a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, that hopefully will encourage our pupils to be life-long readers.

A typical English lesson at Bullers would start with a retrieval task of previous learning, a piece of challenging reading, discussion, and some individual extended writing in silence( with modelling/scaffolding as required) to end the lesson. We put a high emphasis on high quality discussion and questioning for many reasons including: its importance for learning and the preparation for writing.

We teach the AQA specification for English Language GCSE , English Literature GCSE and GCSE Media Studies.

Curriculum Overview Map

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Superstars - Autumn Term

Every term, staff nominate students who go above and beyond in lessons. Please view the superstars work below.

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Recommended reading list

The full list of CILIP Carnegie Medal Winners are listed below. These are all books aimed at young people. The prize is held every year. All of the books are highly recommended.

2019 Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X, Electric Monkey

2018 Geraldine McCaughrean, Where the World Ends, Usborne 2017 Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea, Puffin

2016 Sarah Crossan, One, Bloomsbury

2015 Tanya Landman, Buffalo Soldier, Walker Books

2014 Kevin Brooks, The Bunker Diary, Puffin Books

2013 Sally Gardner, Maggot Moon, Hot Key Books

2012 Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls, Walker Books

2011 Patrick Ness, Monsters of Men, Walker Books

2010 Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book, Bloomsbury

2009 Siobhan Dowd, Bog Child, David Fickling Books

2008 Philip Reeve, Here Lies Arthur, Scholastic

2007 Meg Rosoff, Just in Case, Penguin

2005 Mal Peet, Tamar, Walker Books

2004 Frank Cottrell Boyce, Millions, Macmillan

2003 Jennifer Donnelly, A Gathering Light, Bloomsbury Children’s Books 2002 Sharon Creech, Ruby Holler, Bloomsbury Children’s Books 2001 Terry Pratchett, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, Doubleday 2000 Beverly Naidoo, The Other Side of Truth, Puffin

1999 Aidan Chambers, Postcards from No Man’s Land, Bodley Head 1998 David Almond, Skellig, Hodder Children’s Books

1997 Tim Bowler, River Boy, OUP

1996 Melvin Burgess, Junk, Anderson Press

1995 Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials: Book 1 Northern Lights, Scholastic 1994 Theresa Breslin, Whispers in the Graveyard, Methuen

1993 Robert Swindells, Stone Cold, H Hamilton

1992 Anne Fine, Flour Babies, H Hamilton

1991 Berlie Doherty, Dear Nobody, H Hamilton

1990 Gillian Cross, Wolf, OUP

1989 Anne Fine, Goggle-eyes, H Hamilton

1988 Geraldine McCaughrean, A Pack of Lies, OUP

1987 Susan Price, The Ghost Drum, Faber

1986 Berlie Doherty, Granny was a Buffer Girl, Methuen 1985 Kevin Crossley-Holland, Storm, Heinemann

1984 Margaret Mahy, The Changeover, Dent

1983 Jan Mark, Handles, Kestrel

1982 Margaret Mahy, The Haunting, Dent

1981 Robert Westall, The Scarecrows, Chatto & Windus

1980 Peter Dickinson, City of Gold, Gollancz

1979 Peter Dickinson, Tulku, Gollancz

1978 David Rees, The Exeter Blitz, Hamish Hamilton

1977 Gene Kemp, The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler, Faber 1976 Jan Mark, Thunder and Lightnings, Kestrel

1975 Robert Westall, The Machine Gunners, Macmillan

1974 Mollie Hunter, The Stronghold, H Hamilton

1973 Penelope Lively, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, Heinemann 1972 Richard Adams, Watership Down, Rex Collings

1971 Ivan Southall, Josh, Angus & Robertson

1970 Leon Garfield & Edward Blishen, The God Beneath the Sea, Longman 1969 Kathleen Peyton, The Edge of the Cloud, OUP

1968 Rosemary Harris, The Moon in the Cloud, Faber

1967 Alan Garner, The Owl Service, Collins

1965 Philip Turner, The Grange at High Force, OUP

1964 Sheena Porter, Nordy Bank, OUP

1963 Hester Burton, Time of Trial, OUP

1962 Pauline Clarke, The Twelve and the Genii, Faber

1961 Lucy M Boston, A Stranger at Green Knowe, Faber

1960 Dr IW Cornwall, The Making of Man, Phoenix House 1959 Rosemary Sutcliff, The Lantern Bearers, OUP

1958 Philippa Pearce, Tom’s Midnight Garden, OUP

1957 William Mayne, A Grass Rope, OUP

1956 C S Lewis, The Last Battle, Bodley Head

1955 Eleanor Farjeon, The Little Bookroom, OUP

1954 Ronald Welch (aka Ronald Oliver Felton), Knight Crusader, OUP 1953 Edward Osmond, A Valley Grows Up, OUP

1952 Mary Norton, The Borrowers, Dent

1951 Cynthia Harnett, The Woolpack, Methuen

1950 Elfrida Vipont Foulds, The Lark on the Wing, OUP

1949 Agnes Allen, The Story of Your Home, Faber

1948 Richard Armstrong, Sea Change, Dent

1947 Walter De La Mare, Collected Stories for Children, Puffin

1946 Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse, University of London Press 1944 Eric Linklater, The Wind on the Moon, Macmillan

1942 ‘BB’ (D J Watkins-Pitchford), The Little Grey Men, Eyre & Spottiswoode 1941 Mary Treadgold, We Couldn’t Leave Dinah, Cape

1940 Kitty Barne, Visitors from London, Dent

1939 Eleanor Doorly, Radium Woman, Heinemann

1938 Noel Streatfeild, The Circus is Coming, Dent

1937 Eve Garnett, The Family from One End Street, Muller

1936 Arthur Ransome, Pigeon Post, Cape

Some recommended non-fiction…

100 Things To Know About History

100 Things To Know About Geography

100 Things To Know About Science

100 Things To Know About Space

100 Things To Know About Planet Earth

100 Things To Know About Numbers, Computers and Coding

100 Things To Know About Food

100 Things To Know About the Human Body

All of the above are excellent for acquiring interesting general knowledge that will help with reading comprehension in all subjects. They are all published by Usborne.

The list below contains wonderful books we think ambitious year 8-9 students will enjoy: they are books that open doors onto the world of literature. The list includes novels, short stories, and some poetry, too. The works listed were written mostly between the seventeenth century and the twenty-first (although there is one work from the eighth century!) Enjoy reading!

1. Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

2. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun

3. W.H. Auden, Selected Poems

4. Jane Austen, Emma

5. Murray Bail, Eucalyptus

6. Beowulf(writer unknown-Anglo Saxon Epic poem)

7. Raymond Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

8. Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

9. A.S. Byatt, Possession

10. Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller

11. Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda Michael Chabon,

12. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

13. Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep

14. S. T. Coleridge, The Ancient Mariner

15. John Donne, Songs and Sonnets

16. George Gissing, The Nether World

17. Günter Grass, The Tin Drum

18. Albert Camus, L’Etranger (The Stranger)

19. Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations 20. Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

21. Henry Fielding, Tom Jones

22. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

23. Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career

24. Jostein Gaarder, Sophie’s World

25. Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm

26. Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure and Tess of the D’Urbevilles 27. Jaroslav Hašek, The Adventures Of The Good Soldier Švejk 28. John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

29. M.R. James, Collected Ghost Stories

30. Tove Jansson, The Summer Book

31. John Keats, Odes

32. Katherine Mansfield, The Garden Party and Other Stories 33. Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude 34. Toni Morrison, Beloved

35. Alice Munro, New Selected Stories

36. Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials Trilogy

37. Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea

38. Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front 39. Dorothy L Sayers, Murder Must Advertise

40. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus 41. Zadie Smith, White Teeth

42. Art Spiegelman, Maus

43. John Steinbeck, East of Eden

44. Robert Louis Stevenson, Jekyll and Hyde

45. Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels

46. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, ‘The Passing of Arthur’ from Idylls of the King 47. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

48. Voltaire, Candide

49. Evelyn Waugh, Decline and Fall

50. Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit 51. Virginia Woolf, Orlando and To the Lighthouse 52. William Wordsworth, The Lyrical Ballads 53. Markus Zusak, The Book Thief B

54. The Outsiders, SE Hinton

55. The Diary Of A Young Girl, Anne Frank

56. Figures In A Landscape, Barry England

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