Note: Spoken Language section is below.
Aims and Ethos:
- To develop good literacy skills so that students leave us able to communicate effectively with fantastic reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.
- To develop an understanding of different genres of writing and literature (non-fiction, media texts, prose, poetry and drama.)
- To develop the ability to analyse and evaluate texts using language, structure and form terminology effectively.
- To develop creativity.
- To promote students’ Social Moral Cultural and Spiritual development by encouraging discussion, freedom of thought, appropriate behaviour, articulacy and sensitivity to the various themes and ideas within texts.
- To develop independence and resilience so that all students are able to take responsibility for their own learning.
Key Stage 3:
In Year 7 students study:
In Year 7 students have one dedicated library lesson each week. Students are motivated to read books for pleasure via the Accelerated Reader scheme in which students take quizzes each time they complete a book. This facilitates students’ passion for reading and improves their reading ages.
Across the year, students will be able to read a wide range of texts from different time periods and different genres.
- Biography – students will analyse excerpts from a range of high-quality biographies e.g. Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai and Jessica Ennis. Students will then apply their skills by creating their own biography on an allocated personality.
- Contemporary fiction about WW1 – Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo
- William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
In Year 8 students study:
In Year 8, culture and context becomes an important part of our work and students will read and work with a number of texts from different cultures and social/historical contexts.
- Contemporary Fiction about Discrimination – Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman, Wonder – R. J. Palacio, The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty – David Calcutt
- Different Cultures Poetry – John Agard, Grace Nichols, Lawrence Ferlinghetti etc.
- William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
In Year 9 students study:
In Year 9, it is time for students to get critical. Students will be taught to develop their critical voice and begin to engage with texts at a deeper level. From September 2016, Year 9 students will commence their GCSE course working towards GCSE English Language and Literature examinations.
- Literary Heritage Text – Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
- 19th Century Novel GCSE Literature Text – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Hyde – R. L. Stevenson
- William Shakespeare’s – Macbeth (GCSE Literature Text)
In Year 10 students study: AQA
Students will be working towards the AQA GCSE English Language and Literature examinations.
- Modern Drama – An Inspector Calls – J. B. Priestley
- Modern Poetry – Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology
- 19th Century Novel– The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Hyde – R. L. Stevenson
- Writing Skills – Students will also have the opportunity to develop their writing skills, practising imaginative writing, persuasive writing and transactional writing.
In Year 11 students study: AQA
Students will continue working towards the AQA GCSE English Language and Literature examinations.
- William Shakespeare’s – Romeo and Juliet.
- Creative Reading and Writing – Students will study a range of high-quality literature texts and evaluate the methods writers use; students will also learn skills to write creatively.
- Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives – Students will study a range of non-fiction texts and learn how to compare ideas and evaluate the methods writers use; students will also learn skills to write for purpose.
A Level AQA
For those who have enjoyed their English course and want to continue to explore both sides of English, this course offers a fantastic opportunity to do so. We offer a two year A Level course with students submitting their coursework (20%) and sitting their two examinations in Year 13. This course encourages students to develop their interest in English Literature through reading widely, critically and independently.
In Year 12 Students Study Towards Paper 1 – Love Through The Ages:
- William Shakespeare’s – Othello
- F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
- Pre-20th Century Poetry – La Belle Dame Sans Merci – John Keats, Remember – Christina Rossetti, The Flea – John Donne etc.
- Independent Critical Study – Texts Across Time
In Year 13: Students Study Towards Paper 2 – Texts in Shared Contexts: Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the Present Day
- Tennessee Williams – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
- Alice Walker – The Colour Purple
- Carol Ann Duffy – The Feminine Gospel
Additional Support in the English Faculty:
- Intervention 7 – Specific and targeted small group intervention for all year groups throughout the year.
- Enrichment 7 – Growth Mindset
- Lunch and Learn sessions – students can access additional support with classwork and homework
- Saturday Revision classes for Year 11
- Half-Term Revision classes for Year 11
Spoken Language (English)
Aims and Ethos
Spoken Language is an important part of life at DSTC with one lesson a week for all Year 7, 8 and 9 students, and forms part of their compulsory GCSE English Language spoken language section. Students are encouraged to use knowledge gained from this subject across the curriculum.
The aims of this subject are to:
- Help students to learn to work co-operatively with others.
- Help students to develop their confidence and ability to speak in front of others.
- To introduce an element of performance within speaking tasks.
- Enable students to be able to hold discussions, and to evaluate their work, and the work of others.
- Encourage students to listen effectively, and respond to what they hear constructively.
- Help students examine how they present themselves in a variety of situations.
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have one lesson a week. These lessons will help students to develop their confidence, the ability to enhance their knowledge of spoken language, and give them strategies to use in other subjects, and outside of school.
In Year 9 the lessons are designed to support the completion of their GCSE English spoken language assessment. This section is a compulsory unit, which must be recorded and completed by all students. The result of this section is printed onto their final GCSE certificate. Students are also able to study interview techniques, and examine how to present themselves in a variety of situations.
Students are assessed continually in lessons on their speaking, presenting and listening skills.
Year 7 students cover four topics per year: History of the English Language, The Art of Communication, Propaganda Speeches, and Commentaries.
Year 8 students cover three topics per year: Features of Spoken Language, Features of Storytelling, and Features of Speeches.
Year 9 students cover three topics per year: Debating Skills, Presenting Topics, Presenting yourself.