Welcome to the English department
The English department strives to inspire students at Neatherd with a lifelong love of literature and to encourage creativity and imagination. We aim to equip all pupils with the spoken and written communication skills necessary to succeed in the modern world and we work hard to provide a supportive learning environment to ensure that our students achieve their full potential in all areas of this vital and exciting subject.
Years 7,8 and 9
During years 7 to 9, students follow the National Curriculum in English, which provides a broad and balanced programme of study. Students have the opportunity to analyse poetry, prose, fiction and non-fiction texts from a range of times and cultures. Students develop their writing abilities so they are able to write accurately and effectively for a wide variety of audiences and contexts.
Those students who need additional support to develop their reading and writing skills follow a phonics programme that is integrated into the English curriculum.
Complementing the English curriculum at Key Stage Three are fortnightly sessions of Accelerated Reader and Let’s Think in English. The Accelerated Reader programme encourages readers of all abilities to engage with a range of books at their level. Online quizzes challenge students to develop their reading skills. Let’s Think in English sessions focus on discussion as a means to develop the reasoning skills needed for success in English.
Years 10 and 11
Following recent reform of the Key Stage 4 curriculum, students beginning their GCSE studies in 2015 will take GCSEs in both English Language and English Literature.
In English Language, students will develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different fiction and non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Students will also develop the ability to write clearly, coherently and accurately for a range of different audiences and purposes.
The English literature course involves the study of novels, plays and poetry from a range of historical periods. Students are encouraged to develop their skills as perceptive and critical readers. Throughout the two-year course, students will study a 19th Century Novel, a collection of poetry from 1789 onwards, a Shakespeare play and a 20th Century fiction text.
The English department encourages students to get involved with extra-curricular events and enrichment activities. The Carnegie Shadowing group provides the opportunity for students to follow the judging process for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards; our students read, discuss and write online reviews for each of the books on the shortlist. The ‘Neatherd Festival of Literature’ is a week of events and activities to promote a school-wide love of reading. The English department runs trips to watch live theatre performances and author talks, and we often welcome visiting poets and writers to Neatherd.