English (Academic Year 2015 - 2017)
Our vision in English: Our students will be equipped with the tools to understand, to question and to communicate effectively for a brighter future.
English at DSLV Senior and Sixth Form provides students in all three Key Stages with a full and varied access to the National Curriculum. Throughout their time at DSLV, students will explore a broad range of texts through a wide variety of classroom activities including role-play, group discussion, individual work and the use of ICT.
Across the Key Stages, students can expect to study a range of novels, plays and poetry as well as learning how non-fiction and texts work. Teaching and Learning is focused on Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening.
The English department promotes British Values through the curriculum and the methods we use to teach the students. Students encounter a range of text types from different periods including Shakespeare, writers from the canon and those from the present day who are regarded as successful. Obviously cultures and contexts are taught within the texts and students are expected to respond to these with understanding and respect. We ensure that the writing that students complete has a real purpose and audience. We engage in national events such as World Book Day and the Radio 2 500 words creative writing competition; anything that we believe will promote our passion for improving reading and writing. Schemes of Learning are prepared with many of the lessons containing group work; enabling students to develop their ability to work well with others. These activities are often discussion-based, requiring students to respond sensitively to controversial topics and to show unde
Key Stage 3
The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been rewritten in order to link to the new 9-1 GCSE that has been introduced from September 2015. In Year 7, areas of study include the study of novels, the analysis of a William Shakespeare play, and poetry. Year 8 areas of study include the study of novels, creative writing for a specific audience, and an in-depth exploration of Macbeth by William Shakespeare.
Homework tasks can include reading, writing or research tasks and will often link to the area of study. All work is marked using the academy's Marking and Feedback Policy which praises effort and offers targets for improvement.
Year 9 & Key Stage 4
Our students will follow the AQA GCSE specifications for both English Language and English Literature. Current Year 11 students will continue with the existing Edexcel A*-G GCSE, with Controlled Assessments taken throughout the academic year. A group of students will also continue with the Cambridge Schools IGCSE First Language English. Current Year 9 and Year 10 students will begin work on the newly created 9-1 GCSE, which will be an all examination-based linear course, with final examinations taking place at the end of Year 11. New GCSE texts include Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, An Inspector Calls and Romeo & Juliet.
Key Stage 5
DSLV students follow Edexcel AS and A Level English Literature, whilst there is one Year 13 group which follows the AQA English Language & English Literature course. English remains one of the most popular subjects to continue to study in KS5.
On the Literature course, Year 12, students complete two units, looking at drama, poetry and prose which are assessed via an exam and one coursework unit of 2500 words.
In Year 13, students study war literature: ‘Spies’ by Michael Frayn and a range of poetry which is assessed in an exam. Coursework consists of one 3000 word assignment, comparing ‘The Color Purple’ with ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ On the new AQA course in Year 12 students complete two units looking at prose and a theme based anthology. In Year 13 students complete two units, one which is a drama based piece assessed externally and the second assesses the student's ability to transform two texts into a different genre.
Iain Green – Director of English and Literacy