Department Mission Statement/ Aims:
In English we aim to create a community of independent learners in which all students will be able to take responsibility for their own learning. We also promote the ethos of working together as a team; all of our classrooms are designed for students to sit in ability or mixed ability groups, with everyone in the group having their own independent responsibility for certain aspects of the team’s work.
We aim for all students to leave Seaham with excellent communication skills and a mature attitude towards their learning with a view to success in the world of further education or the workplace
To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of a writer’s craft, instilling a love of Literature whilst developing communication skills through a variety of mediums.
Pupils begin their study of GCSE in year 9, covering both Language and Literature, meaning students leave Seaham High School with two qualifications in English.
In English Literature, pupils study a wide range of texts including a 19th century novel, a Shakespeare play, a modern text and a selection of poetry. They sit two final examinations at the end of year 11, paper 1 is worth 40% and paper 2 is worth 60% of their final grade.
In English Language, pupils study both fiction and non-fiction texts. They develop various reading skills and focus on analysing writers’ methods and how they convey ideas and perspectives. Pupils also develop their writing skills and write for a variety of purposes and audiences. In addition to this, students also build on their speaking and listening skills, completing a formal presentation on a topic of their choice.They sit two final examinations at the end of year 11 and each of these exams constitutes 50% of their final grade.
A good qualification in English is essential in impressing college admissions and will help in applications for all career or further education pathways. Success in English can also lead to successful careers as journalists, copy editors, librarians, publishers, writers or school teachers.
Students follow an exciting, skills-based curriculum designed to prepare them for KS4.
Units of work are themed and include Horror, Survival, Clashes and Collisions, Travel and Culture and Heroes and Villains. Students develop skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening during years 7 and 8. All students also take part in regular library lessons to promote a love for reading. ‘Take-away’ homework projects are set half-termly to support the skills being taught.
A range of opportunities are also offered outside of the classroom to enhance and personalise learning for students. These opportunities include extra-curricular clubs, national competitions, trips linked to the curriculum and intervention groups.
Homework reflects the needs of the student and the skill. Teachers will sometimes give homework sheets or tasks, whilst at other times students will be expected to complete on-line tasks; if accessibility to the internet is limited at home, we have homework clubs in the library where access to the internet is unlimited.
Examples of our Take away style of home work is shown on the links below.
- Gothic homework challenge Y7
- War homework challenge Yr8
- Persuasive speeches homework challenge Yr 9
The English faculty expects that all students will follow the school’s ‘6R’ initiative in and around the faculty. Also, we expect students to come prepared to lessons and commit to their studies in a mature and independent manner.
To improve English skills, try reading newspaper articles, leaflets and magazines, as well as reading novels for pleasure. During reading time it is always good to ‘talk’ about the text you are reading with others and having your own point of view about the topic you are reading.
Mrs J Hardy – Head of English – email@example.com