Aims

 

By offering a rich and varied diet within English, we aim to enrich our student’s lives by teaching them to widen their ability to read, comprehend and react to a wide range of types of literary texts, to understand the ways in which writers achieve their effects, and to gain the skills required for literary study. We also would like them to acquire an understanding of social, historical and cultural contexts and influences in the study of literature as well as the capacity to construct and express meaning through speech and writing, matching style to audience and purpose. Besides this, more than anything else, we strive to open doors to them and help them fly away to imaginary lands, be the characters they love and think and act like them.

Staff and Resources

 

The English department has 7 dedicated classrooms.  The faculty is staffed by 11 full time teachers who between them have teaching experience of over 85 years.  The department has a consistent record in achieving high exam results in GCSE, AS and A2. The 2014 summer results were touted as the best ever for the department.

Key Stage 3 - Year 7-9 English

What do we learn about in Key Stage 3 English?

 

Studying English at Key Stage 3 gives students the opportunity to develop an academic approach to literature and the ways in which authors use language.  They will learn about the techniques and devices used by authors and consider the reasons for the specific language chosen.  Students will also enjoy developing a range of creative writing techniques while exploring the way that they use language to express themselves. 

At Key Stage 3 the English Department aims to provide students with a rich and diverse variety of texts as well as ensuring that our students have an excellent base for their GCSE studies. 

Year 7:

 

 During Year 7 students will cover the following topics and skills:

 

  • Autobiography and autobiographical writing

  • Grammar, sentence construction and spelling

  • Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’

  • Descriptive writing skills

  • Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

  • A collection of modern poems from non-British cultures

  • Non-fiction reading and writing skills

Year 8:

 

During Year 8 students will cover the following topics and skills:

 

  • World War One poetry

  • Modern drama or prose (Journey’s End, Animal Farm or a collection of modern short stories)

  • Argumentative and persuasive writing skills

  • Shakespeare (Henry V, As You Like It or Twelfth Night)

  • The detective fiction of Arthur Conan Doyle

Year 9:

 

During Year 9 students will cover the following topics and skills:

 

  • A combination of modern and pre1914 poetry

  • Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet or Much Ado About Nothing)

  • Modern drama or prose (The Crucible, Of Mice and Men, The Woman in Black or To Kill a Mockingbird

  • A pre1914 short story (The Yellow Wallpaper, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde or The Red Room)

Key Stage 4 - GCSE English

GCSE Course Overview: AQA

 

With the specification up for change in September 2015, these are indeed extremely exciting times for the Department.  Controlled Assessment is no longer the order of the day, and in its place are many exciting opportunities provided so our students can continue to excel and thrive within the subject. They will be studying for 2 GCSEs within the subject - Language as well as Literature.

 

GCSE English Literature

 

The Literature unit will comprise of two examinations as follows:

Paper 1:  Written examination: 1 hour, 45 minutes-64 marks (40% of Lit GCSE)

Section A.  Students will answer a question on the play they have been taught.  They will be asked to write in detail about the extract as well as the play on the whole. (34 marks)

Section B:  19th Century Novel. Students will answer a question on the Novel they have been taught.  They will be asked to write in detail about the extract as well as the Novel on the whole (30 marks)

Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry

Written examination:  2 hours, 15 minutes- 96 marks (60% of Lit GCSE)

Section A:  Modern Texts: Students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on a chosen Modern Prose or Drama text. (30+4 marks)

Section B:  Poetry : Students will answer one comparative question on one named poem and one of their choice from the chosen anthology cluster. (30 marks)

Section C:  Unseen Poetry: Students will:

1. Answer one question on an unseen poem (24 marks)

2. And then compare that poem with another unseen poem (8 marks)

 

GCSE English Language

 

 The English Language exam will also comprise of two units as follows:

Paper 1- Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Examination: 1 hour, 45 minutes- 80 marks (50% of Language GCSE)

Section  A:  Reading- one single literary fiction text (from the 20th or 21st century) in order to consider how established writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to capture the interest of readers.  (40 marks). Questions will focus on how established writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to capture the interest of readers.

Writing:  One extended writing task (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy). This will be inspired by the topic students have responded to in Section A. They will need to demonstrate their narrative and descriptive skill in response to a written prompt, scenario or visual image.  

 

Paper 2- Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

Examination: 1 hour, 45 minutes- 80 marks (50% of Language GCSE)

Section A: Reading: Two texts (2 linked sources from different time periods and genres in order to consider how each presents a perspective or viewpoint to influence the reader). Choice of genre will include high quality journalism, articles, reports, essays, travel writing, accounts, sketches, letters, diaries, autobiography and biographical passages or other appropriate non-fiction and literary non-fiction forms (40 marks)

Writing:  One extended writing task). to a specified audience, purpose and form in which they give their own perspective on the theme that has been introduced to them in Section A. (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy. 

 

Non-examination Assessment

 

Spoken Language.  (0% of GCSE)

The aim of the assessment is to allow students to demonstrate their speaking and listening skills by:

  • Giving a presentation in a formal context.
  • Responding appropriately to questions and to feedback, asking questions themselves to elicit .Clarification.
  • Using spoken Standard English.

This will be:

  • Set by the teacher throughout the course.
  • Marked by the teacher.
  • Will be a separate endorsement.


Key Stage 5 - A Level English Language

 

English Language at Key Stage 5

 

A Level English Language at Townley Grammar is both exciting and challenging. We have selected the Edexcel Board with a view to providing our students with the rigour and finesse required to excel in the course. Critical thinking, application of skills and creative writing are all aspects they will have an opportunity to hone, as they embark on the study of this exhilarating subject.

 

How will the course be structured?

 

English Language is one of the first A Levels to be reformed for studying in September 2015.  We have selected the Edexcel examination board, with a view to providing our students with an exciting range of topics, a well-structured assessment programme and the best chance for success.  Students will also have the opportunity to sit the AS examination at the end of Year 12, then also take the full A Level award at the end of Year 13.

 

Year 12:

 

Students will begin the new course with the study of how language shapes identity as well as have a glimpse into the fascinating world of Child Language Acquisition. This will culminate in an examination at the end of Year 12.

 

Year 13:

 

Students will build on their knowledge of Child Language Acquisition as well as plot how the English language has changed and evolved over time through the study of Language Variation. They will also work on two pieces of Creative Writing and accompany that with a Commentary. Alongside, with the aid of pre released material, students will work on a language focused Investigation. The exam at the end of the year will test all their skills picked up over the two years of study.

 

How will English Literature help me in the future?

 

 After studying English Language or Linguistics at University, one can hope to embark on any one of several careers including (but not restricted to) teaching, publishing, advertising, lexicography, banking, law and accountancy.

Key Stage 5 - A Level English Literature

 

English Literature at Key Stage 5

 

A Level English Literature at Townley is both challenging and rewarding.  Our students learn how to be analytical, enquiring and cogent in their analysis of texts. English Literature at A Level enables students to explore critically a wealth of literature, from Shakespeare to modern Drama, The Supernatural genre to Women in Society in fiction and poetry published both before and after 1900. In the English Department, we aim to foster independent thinking skills and the courage to make profound, insightful interpretations.

 

How will the course be structured?

 

English Literature is one of the first A Levels to be reformed for study in September 2015.  We have selected the Edexcel examination board, with a view to providing our students with an exciting range of texts, a well-structured assessment programme and the best chance for success. 

 

Year 12:

 

Students will begin the new course with the study of modern Drama, under the theme of either ‘Tragedy’ or ‘Comedy’.  This will be followed by an introduction to contemporary poetry and then the exploration of a prose genre, such as ‘Childhood’, ‘Crime and Detection’, ‘The Supernatural’ or ‘Women and Society’.  Students will investigate the conventions of this genre, through a comparison of one pre- and one post- 1900 text.

Students will be assessed at the end of the AS year, as follows (for the AS award):

  • Poetry and Drama written examination (2 hours: 60%)

  • Prose written examination (1 hour: 40%)

Year 13:

 

In their final year, students will be at liberty to research and execute a comparative essay for their coursework, on a genre, movement or era of their choice.  This will enable students to have the freedom to become ‘specialists’ in their chosen field. They will also complement their study of tragic/ comedic modern Drama from Year 12, with a comparable Shakespeare play and then explore pre-1900 poetry, in conjunction with the post-2000 collection of poems explored previously.

Students will be assessed at the end of the A2 year, as follows (for the full A Level award):

  •  Drama written examination (2 hours and 15 minutes: 30%)

  •  Prose written examination (1 hour: 20%)

  •  Poetry (2 hours and 15 minutes: 30%)

  •  Coursework (20%)

How will English Literature help me in the future?

 

English Literature is one of the most highly regarded A Levels, from the perspective of Russell Group universities. This is because, as an academically rigorous subject, it demonstrates students’ ability to think critically, develop intellectual curiosity and gain deep insight into why writers are driven to create literary works.  Furthermore, if you are interested in studying English Literature at university, the English Department will support you with writing your personal statement and give you a mock interview, with feedback, to ensure that you are fully prepared.

 

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