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English Department

Purpose of study

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English at Madani Boys School will give students the opportunity to read a variety of increasingly challenging texts for information and for pleasure. Students will continue to develop their knowledge of, and skills in, writing so that they can write academically and imaginatively equally well. Students will also be taught to control their speaking consciously and to use standard English.

Aims

We want our students to display a thirst for knowledge and understanding and a love of learning English; they will display this by:

  • reading easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • developing the habit of reading widely and often
  • acquiring a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciating our rich and varied literary heritage here in the U.K.
  • writing clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in, and for a range of, different contexts, purposes and audiences
  • using discussion in order to learn
  • being confident in making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

STAFF

Mr. J. Wright – English and Literacy Co-ordinator

Mr. M. Andrews – English teacher

Mr. E. Choudhury – English teacher

Key stage 3

 

Reading

Students will be taught to develop an appreciation for, and love of, reading, and read increasingly challenging material independently through:

  • reading a wide range of high-quality fiction and non-fiction from English literature (including Conan Doyle and Dickens), Shakespeare (‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Richard III’) and seminal world literature (‘Of Mice and Men’)
  • learning new vocabulary, making inferences and referring to evidence in the text, knowing the purpose, audience for, and context of, the writing
  • Checking their understanding.

Writing

Students will be taught to write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length for information and pleasure through:

  • writing for a wide range of purposes and audiences, organising and summarising material, applying their growing knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and text structure to their writing and drawing on knowledge of literary and rhetorical devices from their reading
  • Planning, drafting, editing and proof-reading.

Spoken English

Students will be taught to speak confidently and effectively using standard English in a range of formal and informal contexts.

Differentiation

Students whose linguistic development is more advanced will be challenged through being offered opportunities for increased breadth and depth in reading and writing; those who are less fluent will consolidate their knowledge, understanding and skills through additional practice.

Key stage 4

 

Awarding body/examination board for Years 10 and 11: Edexcel/Pearson from 2015 (to be first assessed in 2017).

GCSE English Language from 2015

Students will read a range of fiction and non-fiction fluently and with good understanding and write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately. The components of this qualification are:

  • Fiction and Imaginative Writing (40%), the stimulus for which will be 19th-century fiction
  • Non-fiction and Transactional Writing (60%), the stimulus for which will be 20th- and 21st-century texts.

GCSE English Literature

Students will read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding and make connections across their reading. The components of this qualification are:

  • Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature, the set texts for which are ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’
  • 19th-century Novel and Poetry since 1789, the set texts for which are ‘Great Expectations’ and a poetry collection on conflict from the ‘Pearson Poetry Anthology’.

How can I help my son?

 

We strongly recommend that you purchase the set texts (for independent reading at home and annotating in class) and accompanying revision guides from an established and reputable publisher (to consolidate knowledge and understanding).

Useful websites

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/english-language-2015.html (Years 10 and 11)

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/english-literature-2015.html (Years 10 and 11)

Key dates:

 

To be confirmed.

 

English Map of Learning 2016/2017

 

Year 7 English Teaching Schedule
Year 8 English Teaching Schedule
Year 9 English Teaching Schedule
Year 10 English Teaching Schedule
Year 11 English Teaching Schedule

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