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The English and Media Faculty

The English and Media Faculty

Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly. – Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist.

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Staff

Craig Lowe   Director of Teaching and Learning for English
Kathryn Whitfield   2nd in English
Mark Sheridan    Teacher of English and Drama
Michael Jeffries   Teacher of English
Ben Fox   English Teacher

Curriculum

 

Year 7

In Year 7, students study a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts from a range of genres, including The Hunger Games and writing from literary canon. Literature includes prose, poetry and drama from both the pre and post twentieth century. Media, literacy and speaking and listening skills are also developed. All Year 7 students have one lesson of English Accelerated Reader once per week where they are encouraged to develop their wider, independent reading for pleasure. All Year 7 students complete an end of year examination that allows the department to measure the progress students have made over the course of the academic year.

Year 8

In Year 8, students work to improve their reading and writing skills. They study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts including an introduction to 19th century texts and develop spelling, vocabulary and written accuracy. Current literature texts studied include prose, poetry and drama from a range of time periods. All Year 8 students complete an end of year examination that allows the department to measure the progress students have made over the course of the academic year.

Year 9

In Year 9, students focus on developing the maturity and accuracy of their writing, and speaking and listening skills. Studying a range of challenging texts from different time periods and cultures, such as ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ which encourages them to become critical readers. All students prepare for a mock GCSE exam in June to ease the transition to GCSE and give a baseline of GCSE performance. All Year 9 students complete an end of year examination that allows the department to measure the progress students have made over the course of the academic year. English Reading GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptorEnglish Writing GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor

Years 10 and 11 Students are entered for both AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature. During this time, students develop the necessary skills to enable them to be successful in the world of work. Whereby, they refine their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. In addition to this, students also develop and refine their appreciation of a wide range of literary texts such as Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’, Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ and Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’.

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WJEC GCSE Film Studies-more information

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Years 12 and 13 In Years 12 and 13, students study Eduqas A ‘Level English Literature. During this time, Students read a wealth of English Literature including works by Tennessee Williams, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Larkin and Duffy. They also develop their appreciation of literary techniques and the ability to write critical analysis of unseen texts.

Eduqas A’ Level English Literature-more information

WJEC A’Level Media Studies-more information

 

In The Classroom

Extra-Curricular

The department offers a range of extra-curricular activities throughout the course of each academic year including such as:
  • Coursework Booster Club
  • KS3 Drama Club
  • School Production at Christmas
  • Entering public speaking competitions
  • Inviting visiting authors to run workshops
  • Christmas performance 2016

Gifted and Talented

At Fearnhill, we aim to cater for students of all abilities.  For our most able students challenge is provided through students being taught in ability groups.  Additionally, students are offered a variety of teaching activities to choose from in their lessons that provide extra levels of challenge in order to stimulate their imaginations.  In addition to this, an Easter workshop is run annually for our Gifted and Talented students in order to stimulate the necessary creativity and flair that is required in order for students to achieve the top grades.

FAQs

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact a member of the English Department.
 
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