News from our English Department Nov 2018
We aim to prepare our students at Bordesley Green Girls School with the necessary skills needed to achieve mastery in oracy, written English and reading skills. Our programmes of study promote the pupils’ appreciation and love of reading and prepares them for the demands of everyday life and their future careers.
Our specialist English teachers deliver the new National Curriculum for English with enthusiasm and ensure lessons are taught in an inventive and inspiring way that encourages each pupil to develop their confidence in all aspects of Literacy.
Students in years 7-8, and 10-11 have eight lessons a fortnight. Students in year 9 have five lessons each week. Assessments are carried out on a half termly basis for all years. The GCSE English Language Paper consists of: Paper 1 (Communicating Information and Ideas) and Paper 2 (Exploring Effects and Impact).
At BGGS a significant number of pupils make three or more levels of progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 in English, which is significantly higher than the national average.
The curriculum has been developed with the aim of bridging the gap between KS3 and KS4. Students cover both language and literature and have assessments that are in line with the method of assessments at KS4. Students will learn to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of English, as illustrated through their schemes of work.
In Year 7 and Year 8, the students cover the following units:
- Writing autobiographies
- Pre-1914 Literary Heritage (author study)
- Literary Non-Fiction •Introduction to Shakespeare
- The Novel
- Language focus: 19th and 21st century fiction and non-fiction reading and writing
- Writing creative prose
- 20th century Seminal world literature
- Persuasive writing
- Post 1914 author study •Spoken language study
- Dystopian Literature
- Seminal World Literature
In Year 9 students will undergo transition to Key Stage 4; when the GCSE course commences. Both GCSE Language and Literature are un-tiered so all students have the potential to achieve well. The GCSE is 100% exam, and for Language there is a compulsory Spoken element that is 0% of the qualification. Students are assessed half termly.
The following topics are covered at KS4 (Years 9 -11)
- OCR Poetry Anthology – Conflict Cluster
- An Inspector Calls •Romeo and Juliet
- 19th - 21st century non-fiction; (including literary non-fiction) and fiction texts
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
- Writing for different purposes and audiences
- Unseen Poetry
- Speaking Practice
How Parents can Support
Parents can support their child by encouraging them to read a variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction. Regular visits to the library are a useful way for children to access a range of literature. There are also useful websites that have information to complement the English curriculum.