English

English

Faculty Leader: Ms C Conlan

At Friars we enjoy communicating in a variety of ways, developing skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing so that we can participate in employment and society.

At Friars we enjoy communicating in a variety of ways, developing skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing so that we can participate in employment and society.

Modern texts, ‘e’ books, DVD’s, CD Rom and further interaction resources like ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics programme have been purchases recently to enhance the curriculum, help with research and motivate pupil activities towards greater achievement. This helps us to develop our skills in a fun, practical and kinaesthetic way. Where possible, we access theatre groups to develop our knowledge and understanding.

Our programmes of study are:-

KS3
Year 7
Stories with familiar settings; traditional stories; extended stories. Recounts; instructions; dictionary; labels; captions; lists; information texts. Poetry:- Sensory; pattern and rhyme; poems on a theme. Word and sentence objectives. Texts studies include Kensuke’s Kingdom; Fantastic Mr Fox; Oliver Twist; Myths and Legends; Legends of the Lost Keys, Sound Collector poem, etc.

Year 8
Fantasy/imaginary world stories; stories from other cultures; stories/novels by significant authors. Word and sentence objectives. Instructions; explanations; information texts. Poetry:- Patterns; shape poetry; calligrams; poems to perform. Texts studied include The Odyssey; Danny Champion; Holes; Through the Dragon’s Eye; Private Peaceful, etc.

Year 9
Fiction genres; historical stories; dialogue and plays; letters; reports; recounts (newspapers/magazines); stories/novels by significant children’s authors; classic/narrative poems; creating images; exploring form. Texts studies include To Kill a Mockingbird; Elephant Man; Face; Anne Frank; Skellig; A Head full of Poems, etc.

KS4
Year 10
Film narrative; Shakespeare; stories which raise issues/dilemmas; formal writing; journalistic writing and poetry including the power of imagery. Texts studied include Romeo & Juliet; An Inspector Calls; Macbeth; Of Mice and Men; Boy; Advertising SOW, etc.

Year 11
Extended narrative; Recounts (work experience report and letter); Argument (Statement of Opinion and discussion); Practice papers (relevant exam boards); Biography/autobiography (Personal statement); letter of application, Record of Achievement. Texts student include War of the World; Lord of the Flies; Animal Farm; Kes; Blood Brothers; Poetry Unit, etc.

Sports College and English
As a Sport’s College, all pupils are encouraged to develop their skills and knowledge through sport and kinaesthetic learning techniques. This is done in a range of ways and throughout the school population/environment. In English, work on journalism and information texts etc. include sporting personalities and pupils can choose from a wide variety of sport-themed reading books and informative texts. Enjoyment, coupled with movement, in our children’s education is encouraged. As a result, positive progression when learning is regularly achieved throughout the school.

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