Our English team aims to inspire our students to be effective communicators, inspiring writers and lifelong readers. We have a full and varied curriculum that provides opportunities to explore fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama and spoken language. During students’ time at The Marvell College, the English department strives to provide opportunities outside of the classroom to enrich students’ experiences and promote students’ progress through competitions, themed activities, revision sessions and extracurricular clubs.
Year 7 and 8
Throughout Years 7 and 8, the English Department endeavours to foster and sustain a love of English through a varied and engaging curriculum. Students will study Adventure Fiction, a novel, poetry, non-fiction and drama texts. This varied curriculum is enhanced with a variety of opportunities offered outside of the classroom including a reading club and regular competitions.
Students will also have a 1 hour reading lesson focused on developing reading skills at a deeper level than they would study at primary school. Throughout Years 7 and 8, students will be exposed to a wealth of literature by some of the following authors: Louis Sachar, Anthony Horowitz, Roald Dahl, C. S. Lewis, Willy Russell, William Golding and William Shakespeare.
Year 9 students will study a similar curriculum to Year 7 and 8; however, these topics will include increasingly complex content in order to develop students’ familiarity with GCSE skills. Students will have an opportunity to learn new skills required to access GCSE level content in addition to consolidating skills embedded throughout KS3 in order to secure confidence and success at KS4. In Year 9, we feel it is still important that Year 9 students continue to have a 1 hour reading lesson in order to practise and develop informed personal responses to literature prior to starting their GCSE courses.
Throughout Year 9, students will study texts by a variety of famous and admired writers including John Steinbeck, Susan Hill, David Walliams, William Shakespeare, Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage. Students in Year 9 will also be exposed to a wealth of pre 20h Century fiction (including short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle) in order to enrich their vocabulary and gain awareness of the time period before Key Stage 4.
English at KS4
Students study a fully integrated course which allows for greater distinctiveness between the disciplines of language and literature.
English Language allows students to demonstrate their ability to use English in real life context and uses an investigative and analytical approach to language topics drawing on personal experience.
English Literature allows candidates to explore texts from a personal perspective and offers an experience of:
The English Literary Heritage (ELH)
These GCSEs provide an excellent bridge to A-level English courses offered within the centre, creating a smooth transition to Key Stage 5.
In September 2015 new English Language and English Literature GCSEs were introduced. These qualifications will be graded on a new grading system of 1-9 and these courses will be assessed by terminal examinations only.
The new English Language GCSE will be assessed by two examinations that will assess students' reading and writing skills. Students will be required to:
Respond to both fiction and non-fiction texts and include texts created before and after 1900
Write for a variety of purposes and audiences
This qualification will also include a compulsory assessment of speaking and listening skills although this element will not form part of the final GCSE award.
English Literature will be assessed by two examinations which will provide students with the opportunity to explore prose, poetry and drama. Students will be examined on each of the following:
A play by Shakespeare
A 19th century novel
Poetry including unseen texts
In Year 10, the content will contain extra challenge for students as they embark upon their English GCSE courses. Students will develop their reading and writing skills by examining a wealth of short extracts, both fiction and non-fiction, from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries focusing on developing retrieval, analytical and evaluative skills. We also explore ways to develop students’ creative and discursive writing abilities using various stimuli.
Additionally, we integrate some of the English Literature content into Year 10 as students use poetry and other literature to inspire descriptive, narrative and discursive pieces of writing.
Students in Year 11 will continue to consolidate their English Language skills that they have honed and developed throughout Year 10. This will complement the English Literature content that they will be exposed to this year. Students will study a play by William Shakespeare, a 19th Century novel, a drama text and an anthology of poetry. This teaching of the two courses will culminate in the summer of Year 11 during which time students will complete two English Language exams and two English Literature exams.