-English

Curriculum

Intent:

In the English Department, we will share our wealth of knowledge and experience to imbue our students with a genuine passion for the study of language and literature and teach them to explore how the subject reflects and captures the world around us.  In doing so, students will develop their skills in reading, writing and oracy and be able to communicate effectively for different purposes and audiences and in different contexts.

Fundamental to the English curriculum, we will develop our students into critical and evaluative readers who are able to explore texts in detail and justify their ideas with accuracy and coherence.  They will mature into confident writers who are able to write with fluency, flair and sophistication.  They will also be able to use standard English to express complex ideas and engage in detailed discussions ranging from debates to presentations.

We will also provide students with a strong foundation of literacy skills which will enable them to access the wider curriculum across our school.  These skills will enable them to access the wide range of academic and vocational pathways leading to their future careers.

Implementation:

We are continually developing and refining a challenging and ambitious curriculum that enables students to acquire a broad range of skills, concepts and knowledge from the study of language and literature.  In doing so, we ensure that students have access to topics of contemporary relevance as well as traditional classical stimulus.

In delivering the curriculum, the English team will use a wide range of innovative and imaginative teaching and learning strategies to stimulate curiosity, discussion and reflection within our students.  The department also uses knowledge organisers, reading homeworks and promotes independent study to encourage our students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the wider curriculum beyond the classroom.

We use a wide range of interesting classical and contemporary literature texts to foster passion and enthusiasm in our students for the subject.  This enables them to understand and appreciate the profound impact of English Literature on the world around us.  We also use a diverse range of fiction and non-fiction language texts which enable students to make links with other curriculum areas and help them to understand the relevance of English and literacy in the local and wider communities.

The English curriculum is a seven-year pathway that prepares and develops knowledge and skills requisite for success in GCSE and A-Level examinations.  In support of this, we implement regular formative and summative assessment tasks to ensure that students understand their learning and we intervene to ensure that no child is left behind.  Assessments at all key stages reflect the content delivered in schemes of learning and ensure that progress is measured, continual and scaffolded effectively.

Impact:

We strive to deliver a curriculum that allows our students to make outstanding progress relative to their starting points on entry to Rainford.  We believe that the English curriculum will enhance our students’ knowledge and understanding of the subject, thereby enabling them to achieve high standards of progress and attainment in their GCSE and A-Level examinations.

Students will leave the English department with strong literacy skills in reading, writing and oracy that will equip them for further education and employment.  They will successfully use their knowledge and experience of the curriculum to develop social skills in empathy and compassion and mature into responsible young adults that make effective and worthwhile contributions to the local and wider communities.

Possible careers and opportunities:

English underpins every subject in the curriculum and is therefore central to every possible career.  Those who study English will find careers in management, public relations, the media, publishing and – of course – in teaching.

Staff:

  • Mr M Wainwright, Director of English, m.wainwright@rainford.org.uk
  • Mrs S Poole, Lead Teacher of English, se.byrne@rainford.org.uk
  • Mr I Murphy, Vice Principal, I.Murphy@rainford.org.uk
  • Mrs H Lancaster, KS3 Coordinator, h.lancaster@rainford.org.uk
  • Miss R Eaton, KS5 Coordinator, r.eaton@rainford.org.uk
    Mrs K Bray, classroom teacher, k.bray@rainford.org.uk
  • Miss R Drury, classroom teacher, r.drury@rainford.org.uk
  • Mrs S Kidd, classroom teacher, s.kidd@rainford.org.uk
  • Mrs J Seddon, classroom teacher, sdd@sthelenslife.onmicrosoft.com
  • Miss S Bates, classroom teacher, s.bates@rainford.org.uk
  • Mr S Drewry, classroom teacher, s.drewry@rainford.org.uk
  • Ms J McMurchie, classroom teacher, j.mcmurchie@rainford.org.uk
  • Ms L Moffit, classroom teacher, l.moffit@rainford.org.uk
  • Miss M Tully, classroom teacher, m.tully@rainford.org.uk
  • Mrs K Bray, classroom teacher, k.bray@rainford.org.uk

 Facilities:

The English Department is located in the East Block of the school and boasts nine generously sized classrooms.  Each classroom contains an interactive whiteboard and a visualiser to enhance the learning experience for our students.  There is a range of fiction and non-fiction texts in each classroom and literacy resources are always available to assist students in completing and developing the quality of their work.

Support:

Intervention sessions are available for selected students from every year group.  We also offer lunch time and after-school revision sessions for our GCSE and A-Level students throughout the school year.

Extra-Curricular:

We offer a range of extra-curricular activities at KS3 including poet and author visits to celebrate National Poetry Day and World Book Day.  At KS4, we invite theatre groups into school to perform the set texts studied at GCSE – A Christmas Carol, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, An Inspector Calls and Romeo and Juliet.  We have also established links with The University of Liverpool and we are delighted that esteemed academics from the institution have delivered GCSE workshops to our Year 10 and 11 students.  At KS5, we have strong links with Edge Hill University and there are opportunities to visit the institution for English Language and English Literature seminars and workshops.

Year 7 Curriculum:

Autumn term:

 Macbeth               

  • Researching contextual factors
  • Analysis of a range of extracts from the play
  • Comparison of extracts
  • Non-fiction writing skills to explore themes of the text

Science Fiction

  • Exploration of a range of novel extracts
  • Detailed analysis of science fiction short story ‘A Sound of Thunder’
  • Language analysis
  • Whole text structure analysis
  • First person narrative writing skills

 

Spring term:

 Poetry from Different Cultures

  • Language analysis
  • Analysis of form and structure
  • Comparison of poems
  • Persuasive writing skills

Gothic Literature

  • Exploration of a range of novel extracts
  • Analysis of how writers create mood and atmosphere
  • Character analysis
  • Language analysis
  • Third person narrative writing skills

 

Summer term:

 Novel Study

  • Exploration of themes
  • Language analysis
  • Character analysis
  • Non-fiction writing skills to explore themes of the text

 Heroes and Villains

  • Exploration of a range of novel extracts
  • Comparison of methods in different extracts
  • Exploration of play script conventions
  • Play script writing tasks
  • Use of drama to explore texts
  • Analysis of own play script writing

Assessment – your child’s progress will be assessed against the English Progress Ladders. Your child will be assessed formally in our whole-school assessment fortnights three times a year. In addition, there will be a range of assessments covering language analysis, comparison of texts, fiction and non-fiction writing tasks.

Resources – to help support your child’s learning we have detailed knowledge organisers  on each topic we teach. To help develop your child’s vocabulary and foster a love for reading, we also set four reading homeworks a term which are published on Show My Homework. Further useful resources include: Rainford Connect, www.sparknotes.co.uk, www.genius.com, www.shmoop.com and www.bbc.com/bitesize

Year 8 Curriculum:

Autumn term:

 Victorian Literature

  • Researching contextual factors
  • Exploration of a range of novel extracts
  • Comparison of non-fiction texts
  • Descriptive writing skills

 

The Tempest

  • Researching contextual factors
  • Analysis of a range of extracts from the play
  • Comparison of extracts
  • Non-fiction writing skills to explore themes of the text
  • Monologue writing skills

 

Spring term:

Travel and Holiday

  • Exploration of the viewpoint of a text
  • Comparison of persuasive methods in travel writing
  • Writing for specific purpose and audience
  • Developing vocabulary

War Literature

  • Researching contextual factors
  • Exploration of a range of war poetry
  • Exploration of a range of novel extracts
  • Exploration of a range of non-fiction extracts
    Language analysis
  • Exploration of form and structure
  • Non-fiction writing to explore themes

 

Summer term:

Novel Study

  • Exploration of themes
  • Language analysis
  • Character analysis
  • Non-fiction writing skills to explore themes of the text

    Detective Fiction
  • Exploration of a range of novel extracts
  • Analysis of how writers create mood and atmosphere
  • Character analysis
  • Language analysis
  • First of third person narrative writing skills

Assessment – your child’s progress will be assessed against the English Progress Ladders. Your child will be assessed formally in our whole-school assessment fortnights three times a year. In addition, there will be a range of assessments covering language analysis, comparison of texts, fiction and non-fiction writing tasks.

Resources – to help support your child’s learning we have detailed knowledge organisers on each topic we teach. To help develop your child’s vocabulary and foster a love for reading, we also set four reading homeworks a term which are published on Show My Homework.  Further useful resources include: Rainford Connect, www.sparknotes.co.uk, www.genius.com, www.shmoop.com and www.bbc.com/bitesize

Year 9 Curriculum:

Autumn term

 Novel Study

  • Researching contextual factors
  • Exploration of themes
  • Language analysis
  • Character analysis
  • Descriptive writing skills to explore the text

 

Love and Hate

  • Poetry analysis
  • Exploration of a range of fiction and non-fiction extracts
  • Narrative writing skills

 

Spring term

 

Power and Conflict

  • Poetry analysis
  • Exploration of a range of fiction and non-fiction extracts
  • Non-fiction writing skills

 An Inspector Calls

  • Researching contextual factors
  • Analysis of a range of extracts from the play
  • Exploration of the writer’s methods
  • Exploration of themes
  • Non-fiction writing skills to explore themes of the text

Summer term

An Inspector Calls

  • Researching contextual factors
  • Analysis of a range of extracts from the play
  • Exploration of the writer’s methods
  • Exploration of themes
  • Non-fiction writing skills to explore themes of the text


Romeo and Juliet

  • Researching contextual factors
  • Analysis of a range of extracts from the play
  • Exploration of the writer’s methods
  • Exploration of themes
  • Non-fiction writing skills to explore themes of the text

Assessment – your child’s progress will be assessed against the English Progress Ladders.  Your child will be assessed formally in our whole-school assessment fortnights three times a year. In addition, there will be a range of assessments covering language analysis, comparison of texts, fiction and non-fiction writing tasks.

Resources – to help support your child’s learning we have detailed knowledge organisers on each topic we teach. To help develop your child’s vocabulary and foster a love for reading, we also set four reading homeworks a term which are published on Show My Homework.  Further useful resources include: Rainford Connect, www.sparknotes.co.uk, www.genius.com, www.shmoop.com and www.bbc.com/bitesize