English at Ingleby Manor School
The English department pride themselves on being a specialist, dynamic and creative team whose key aim is to drive literacy both within our subject and across the curriculum. Reading and understanding is at the core of our programs of study, along with equipping and refining students’ skills to communicate their understanding in a concise and precise way.
At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8), students’ learning is underpinned by the Reading Reconsidered philosophy, where students are taught the principles of close reading, breaking texts down and understanding the writer’s use of language. Students in Y7 will study Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, Boy by Roald Dahl alongside units introducing students to Shakespeare and developing their writing skills; in Y8, students will read Stone Cold by Robert Swindells, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend, and study Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare. Again, students will develop their written accuracy and communication via supporting writing units of work.To develop learning beyond the classroom, students in Y7 and Y8 will participate in wider enrichment projects that are linked to the fiction texts studied.
Alongside the Reading Reconsidered Schemes of Work, students will also study Shakespeare, 20th Century Drama and a selection of poetry, with each giving focus to embedding and developing reading and analytical skills.
Writing skills are developed through both creative/narrative and transactional writing, where students will learn to communicate in a variety of tones and formats, developing and embedding written communication and accuracy.
At KS4 (Y9, 10 and 11), students follow the Eduqas GCSE syllabus in both English Language and English Literature, where skills established and embedded at KS3 are further developed and refined. English Language demands that students are able to read and comprehend both non-fiction and fiction texts, demonstrating an ability to identify, comment, explain, evaluate and compare. Students are required to complete written tasks in both a narrative and non-fiction genre.
In English Literature, students will study the following texts in preparation for their GCSE examination:
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
A selection of poems from the Eduqas Anthology
Students will be given the opportunity to purchase both texts and accompanying revision guides to aid their study and exam preparation both in class and independently.