The English Department at Halliford aims to offer pupils a varied and enjoyable experience. We believe the key to success in English is reading and we offer a rich and diverse diet of boy-friendly texts. We aim to enrich their experience and understanding of the world whilst also empowering them with the tools to speak, think and write more effectively.
Years 7 - 9
At Key Stage 3 pupils study a range of different literary texts that will challenge and inspire them. We aim to provide a balance of texts, ranging from the classics like Shakespeare and Stevenson to more modern texts by writers such as Suzanne Collins and Louis Sachar. Through this diversity pupils gain a wealth of knowledge, experience and understanding.
Opportunities for revising and expanding on key areas of grammar and spelling are woven into the curriculum, alongside opportunities for the pupils to express themselves fluently and confidently and develop the ability to structure and craft their writing to suit a range of different outcomes. Library lessons continue in Year 7 to further support our pupils on their journey to becoming independent readers.
In Year 8 all pupils perform a selection of scenes from a Shakespeare play in a joint venture with the Drama department. Much of the preparation, especially in terms of speaking and understanding the subtleties of the lines, is undertaken in English lessons. It has proved an excellent introduction, making Year 9's study of a full text much more accessible to students.
At Key Stage 4 pupils will hone the skills acquired at Key Stage 3. The Edexcel IGCSE English Language course encourages pupils to read critically and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing. They will develop their vocabulary alongside their knowledge of grammatical terminology and linguistic convenctions for reading, writing and spoken language.
Pupils will complete two coursework assingments (40%) and one examinatin (60%).
The Edexcel IGCSE Literature course offers pupils the opportunity to engage with a range of different texts. They will further develop an appreciation of the ways in which authors achieve their literary effects, as well as explore the historical, social and cultural contexts of different works of literature.
'An Inspector Calls' by J B Priestley
'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare
'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck
Preparation for unseen poetry
Pupils will complete two coursework assingments (40%) and one examination (60%)
The A level literature course aims to encourage pupils to read widely and independently. Edexcel provide a varied and rigorous course that will engage them critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts. The course will develop pupils' ability to explore the historical, social and political contexts of the texts they are reading, as well as appreciate radings of literary works.
'A Streetcar Named Desire' by Tennessee Williams
Poems of the Decade
'Never Let Me Go' by Kazuo Ishiguro
'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley
'The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood
'Othello' by William Shakespeare
The English Language course aims to develop pupils' understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language. They will learn how to explore data and examples of language in use, as well as engage creatively and critically with a varied programme for the study of English.
Language: Context and Identify
Crafting Language (non-examination unit)