The English faculty at Springwell pride ourselves in our varied and rich curriculum. We aim for all lessons to be engaging and relevant to our learners. On leaving Springwell, students will have a GCSE in English Language and a GCSE in English Literature. Our learning journey is designed to be interesting and prepare our students for their life after Springwell.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 English is designed to allow students to develop the skillset needed to succeed in later years. The schemes of work act as building blocks to support later learning for Key Stage 4 exams. Assessments take place on a half-termly basis, and the assessment papers cover the same objectives and structure as the GCSE examination papers, ensuring consistency and clarity. Students are encouraged to read every day and spellings are set each week.
Students begin the year with a unit dedicated to fiction. They will read, explore and critically evaluate ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo. This is then followed by a narrative writing unit, in which students develop the key technical skills required to write engaging narratives. Students then move on to a poetry unit, focusing on poems from different cultures. Next, students explore the skills of writing to persuade. This scheme is complemented with the use of technology to create a persuasive video. Students then study two short stories by Roald Dahl to prepare them for the skills required for GCSE English Language paper 1. The year is then completed with the study of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare.
Students start the year with the exploration of a fiction text. They will study either ‘Animal Farm’ or ‘The Woman in Black.’ This is then followed by a descriptive writing unit, in which students develop the key technical skills required to write descriptively. They will then study a series of non-fiction text to develop skills for Language Paper 2 in Year 11. Students will then study a selection of poetry. The focus of this unit will be to compare poems; an essential skill for GCSE. Following this, students will revisit the skill of writing to persuade in addition to writing to inform. This scheme of work will add extra challenge and build upon the foundations set in Year 7. Students will become acquainted with a pre-19th century text whilst enjoying a great detective fiction story ‘The Speckled Band’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The year is then completed with the study of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare.
Students begin the year with an introduction to a reading and writing paper, before reading a novel as a “taster” for the Literature novel they will read in Year 10. They begin their GCSE after Christmas, reading the poetry anthology and their Literature Modern Text (drama). Finishing the year preparing for a piece of spoken language.
Key Stage 4
Students are exposed to a broad and balanced range of different texts in Key Stage 4 English, including a Shakespeare text. They will read and annotate 19th Century and modern poetry. Students will read modern drama texts and 19th Century fiction. They will write for different audiences and purposes. They also present a formal speech on a topic of their choice.
The department has its own suite of classrooms equipped for the teaching of English. We have access to laptop trolleys and iPads to enable students to research as part of their learning. We also have an amazing Learning Resource Centre which is fully stocked with the latest novels from best-selling authors alongside copies of classic texts. Our extremely knowledgeable LRC Manager is always on hand to recommend books to our students.
The English Faculty run a themed book week to coincide with World Book Day. Students are also able to participate in a sponsored read to raise money for charity. The Faculty also have visits in college from award-winning authors and theatre companies. As a Faculty, we also participate in numerous competitions throughout the year such as a public speaking competition held by the local rotary club. After college, there are revision sessions every Wednesday 3.00 pm until 4.00 pm.