English

Today a reader; tomorrow a leader – Margaret Fuller.

Reading is not just about acquiring knowledge, it is about building a vocabulary and the skills for communicating effectively our ideas, processes and goals. In the English Department at Outwood Academy Easingwold, we want all pupils to acquire the skills necessary to be a confident individual who can successfully use language, and the lessons they have learned through literature, to navigate positively through life.

Meet the Team

Claire Andrew, Head of English
James Knight, Second of English
Anita Amess, English Teacher
Rebecca Jeffries, English Teacher
Mary Kennedy, English Teacher
Jade Delaney, English Teacher

Key Stage 3

The English course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the EDUQAS course in Key Stage 4. In Year 7 and then 8, students have the opportunity to experience key messages and exam techniques in preparation for to access the GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature courses. Through studying a range of texts, students will develop their analytical and evaluative skills and transfer attributes learned by examining writer’s craft into their own writing.

We also run the reading programme Accelerated Reader through these two years which builds on individual reading ability and develops comprehension. Students are expected to read fiction and non-fiction books selected from the library independently for a minimum of fifteen minutes a day in order to fully utilise the Accelerated Reader initiative.
Importantly, we want to foster a love of reading, language and learning in our classes that will last throughout our students’ lives.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact:
Mr James Knight at j.knight@easingwold.outwood.com

Key Stage 4

EDUQAS GCSE (9-1) English Language and Literature

Students will study both English Language and Literature across three years. This means that all students will have the opportunity to achieve two GCSEs in English though the exam board EDUQAS.
GCSE English Language is assessed in the following way:

Controlled Assessment (0%) Examination (100%)

The Language course consists of studying in preparation for two examinations which covers reading both twentieth century fiction and nineteenth and twenty-first century non-fiction extracts as well as writing tasks which include narrative and transactional writing.

GCSE English Literature is assessed in the following way:
Controlled Assessment (0%) Examination (100%)

For the English Literature specification, students will read and analyse Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J B Priestley. The exam also consists of a test of students’ understanding of prepared and unseen poetry.

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Miss Claire Andrew at c.andrew@easingwold.outwood.com

H3. Enrichment Opportunities for English

All year 11 pupils are welcome to join the department for enrichment after school on Thursdays where they will consolidate their learning.

Key Stage 5

AQA GCE A Level English Language and Literature

English Literature is assessed in the following way:
Controlled Assessment (20%) Examination (80%)

Students will study tragedy through Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’, ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ by Thomas Hardy and ‘Death of a Salesman’ by Arthur Miller. Study of political and protest writing including ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood and the poetry of William Blake. Non-examined assessment is coursework based on independent reading.

English Language is assessed in the following way:
Controlled Assessment (20%) Examination (80%)

Students study the language of the individual and society; diversity and change and undertake the non-exam assessment which is a piece of original writing and a language investigation of their choice.

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessments for these courses please contact: c.andrew@easingwold.outwood.com