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Poetry Competition Winners
December 02, 2013
By Mrs C Jordan Jones, English and Media Teacher, Literacy Co-ordinator
The English Faculty had over 80 entries, from which the teachers shortlisted 3 in each category. The standard of entries was very high, and it was a difficult job to do, but Mr Croston has picked the winners! Read More
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Students Take Part in BBC School Report
March 27, 2013
By Fabio De Luca, Year 7 student
In the English department, the Gifted and Talented Year 7s and 8s have taken part in our first ever BBC News: School Report event, which took place on the 20th and 21st March.
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Year 7

Taught in form groups/mixed ability groups/ sets: Year 7 are taught in their form groups (making them mixed ability) for the first term. In January they are then re-arranged into broad ability sets, with the Year group divided into two halves each containing a higher, middle and lower ability set.

Main topics covered

September – October: Transition Unit - Spooks, Spirits and a Touch of magic
November – December: Introducing Dickens & Pantomime Unit
January – February: Class Reader (Holes or Skellig)
March – April: Introduction to Media
May – June: Introduction to Chaucer & Non-fiction Reading
June – July: Drama Text (Warhorse) & Poetry

Assessment Information

All students in Year 7 are formally assessed once per half term for Reading & Writing, based upon the unit being studied. One of these will form their National Curriculum level for that half term. Students will be formally assessed for Speaking & Listening 3 times over the course of the year for individual and group contributions. All year 7 students will sit a formal end of year reading assessment in June.

Year 8

In Year 8 students will continue in the banded groups allocated in the second half of Year 7. Band allocation is reviewed each term and students can be moved between bands if it is considered appropriate.

Main topics covered

September - October: Class Reader (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas or Stone Cold)
November - December: Narrative Writing (Short stories in a range of genres)
January - February: Journalism Challenge (newspapers & magazines)
March - April: Writing from Different Cultures
May - June: Introduction to Shakespeare
June - July: Module Choices (Students choose and English Topic to study)

Assessment Information

All students in Year 8 are formally assessed once per half term for Reading & Writing, based upon the unit being studied. One of these will form their National Curriculum level for that half term. Students will be formally assessed for Speaking & Listening 3 times over the course of the year for individual and group contributions. All year 8 students will sit a formal end of year reading assessment in June.

Year 9

All students in Year 9 are set according to their performance in Year 8. There are seven sets covering the whole of Year 9. These sets are based upon ability and previous levels of attainment. Set allocation is reviewed each term and students can be moved between sets if it is considered appropriate.

Main topics covered

September – October: The language of advertising
November – December: Class Reader (How I Live Now, Teacher's Dead or Roll of Thunder...)
January – February: Heroes & Villains
March – April: End of Key Stage 3 Reading Assessment preparation & Documentary film unit
May – June: Introduction to GCSE & GCSE Spoken Language study
June – July: GCSE Speaking & Listening - The Village project

Assessment Information

All students in Year 9 are formally assessed once per half term for Reading & Writing, based upon the unit being studied. One of these will form their National Curriculum level for that half term. Students will be formally assessed for Speaking & Listening 3 times over the course of the year for individual and group contributions. All year 9 students will sit a formal end of KS3 reading assessment in April.

From May we begin our GCSE course and all students will complete their first GCSE English Language controlled assessment task (Spoken Language study) in the summer term.

Year 10 & 11

All students in Year 10 are set according to their performance at KS3. There are seven sets covering the whole of Year 10. These sets are based upon ability, previous levels of attainment and GCSE target grades. Set allocation is reviewed each term and students can be moved between sets if it is considered appropriate. In Year 11 sets will be reviewed at and altered accordingly at the start of the academic year, after mock exams (November) and in the approach to final exams (February).


Exam Board and Syllabus number:

WJEC English Language / English Literature (www.wjec.co.uk/english)

Assessment Information

Controlled Assessment accounts for 60% of the WJEC English Language course



Pastoral Year 10

Students will complete four controlled assessment pieces during the course of Year 10. These will take place at various points throughout the year and will follow a period of preparation ranging from two to six weeks, depending on the assessment.


Pastoral Year 11

The exam board for GCSE English is WJEC.

There are specific guides that individual teachers suggest to help with specific parts of the course (e.g Pre 1914 poetry for the Literature Exam) but, generally, most guides are useful and it depends how much you want to spend.
Help for students is available by arrangement with the individual English teacher.
The English department runs both a targeted intervention programme and a ten week revision programme prior to the exams.
Recommended websites are: Universal Teacher / BBC bitesize / WJEC


Head of English: Mr S Connor.
You can contact a member of staff by calling 01707 650702 or by email.
The format of the email address is surnameinitial@chancellors.herts.sch.uk, for example Mr J Smith's email address would be smithj@chancellors.herts.sch.uk.

Year 12 & 13

Exam Board and Syllabus number: AQA A English Literature (Year 13)
  AQA B English Literature (Year 12)

Assessment Information

Year 12:

Coursework (40%)  1500 word essay on Much Ado about Nothing & 1500 word essay OR recreative task on Educating Rita

Final Examination (60%) 2 hours
Section A: Analysis of one core text
Section B: Analysis and comparison of three core texts

Year 13:

Coursework (40%)  Comparison essay – Shakespeare play, Pride & Prejudice or Atonement & independent novel (3000 words)
Final Examination (60%) (2½ hours)
Analysis and comparison of unseen extracts covering poetry, prose and drama on the theme of Love Through the Ages

Main topics covered

In both Year 12 & 13 students will cover a wide range of texts, both in class and as part of their independent studies.

In Year 12 the core texts are as follows:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare)
  • Educating Rita (Willy Russell)
  • Browning / Rosetti poetry
  • The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
  • Birdsong (Sebastian Faulks)

In Year 13 the core texts are as follows:

  • Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare)
  • Atonement (Ian McKewan) / Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  • Independent Novel Study
  • Love through the Ages poetry
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (Williams)
  • Orange Are Not the Only Fruit (Winterson)


Pastoral Year 12 + 13

Exam Board: AQA
Course Title: AS/A2 Advanced Level GCE in English Literature Specification A

Entrants to this AS/A2 course will need to have achieved a grade B in English Literature. This course will appeal to students if they have an interest in reading a wide variety of examples of literature and enjoy expressing their opinions and justifying their comments in text. It will also help develop critical analytical and creative writing skills. There are four units over the course of the two years.

Unit 1 Aspects of Narrative is worth 30% of the total mark and is examined through a two-hour exam taken in May.
Unit 2 Drama Study / Creative Study worth 20% of the total mark is a coursework unit.
Unit 3 Reading for Meaning worth 30% of the total mark and is examined through a two and a half hour exam taken in June
Unit 4 Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study worth 20% of the total mark is a coursework unit.
Entry Requirements: A minimum of a grade B in English Literature

Staff

  • Miss G. Smith (Head of English Faculty)
  • Mrs. E. Haywood
  • Ms. R. Bozwood-Davies
  • Miss. J. Croft
  • Miss. A. English
  • Miss E. Seymour
  • Mrs. C. Jordan-Jones
  • Mr. M. Holleran
  • Ms. C. Kenney-Greenwood
  • Miss. N. Perryman

Facilities

English is taught in D & E blocks in our own dedicated teaching rooms. All rooms are equipped with digital technology for use of visual and audio resources. We possess a very wide range of novels and textbooks for use in our lessons. In addition we have timetabled lessons in the library for all KS3 classes - this allows us to utilise all of the resources available in the library, including the computer suite. We have recently invested in a software package called Accelerated Reader, a computer programme that helps us to monitor and develop student's independent reading skills. All students in Year 7 & 8 are enrolled on this.