Our intent is to enable all students to progress in English based on their individual needs, providing the personalised support they need to improve their reading, writing and spoken communication skills, in order to access all areas of the curriculum. Through motivating and culturally varied topics students will learn to write accurately, clearly and imaginatively, equipping them with the necessary skills to produce all manner of texts common to adult life. At the same time they will be exposed to a range of different fiction and non-fiction types so they can become confident readers with well-developed analytical and inferential skills. When they leave Falconer School they will be able to understand and process meaning in a wide range of texts. Woven through all of this is the exposure to a variety of culturally important writings ranging from Shakespeare through War Poetry to current youth fiction. All our topics allow students to explore the world around them, their own feelings and experiences and those of others around the world.
Key Stage 3
Many of the pupils who come to Falconer School have had several years of difficulty in the subject of English and we believe that it is our duty to ensure that they are given every opportunity to be as successful as possible in the future. In order to do this, and due to our small class sizes, we are far more flexible in our approach to each class than a mainstream setting. This allows for greater differentiation to appropriately meet the needs of the group.
We passionately believe that the very best English lessons provide engagement, motivation and progress in the crucial skills of communication. English at KS3 is both skill and knowledge based and the pupils develop their Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening skills as they develop their understanding and knowledge of both fiction and non-fiction.
Each year is divided into half termly modules in which they will be assessed across all skills, but which will have a focus on the development of one particular skill. We work with a variety of texts ranging from classic literature to contemporary media and drama and popular fiction for young adults. We strive to perfect hard edged skills of analysis whilst simultaneously encouraging creativity!
Each half term, students complete two formal assessments based on the KS3 assessment foci. Students are aware of their levels and are encouraged to take responsibility of their own learning by evaluating their own progress, setting their own targets and completing improvement tasks.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 all pupils have access to a range of Level 1 & 2 qualifications from differing exam boards. We use our knowledge of the different assessment focuses in order to match the individual pupil to the most suitable qualification.
AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature
The English Language GCSE will enable students of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures. Paper One explores fiction and Paper Two non-fiction and both papers are worth 50% of the final mark, with reading and writing having equal weighting.
The English Literature GCSE covers four areas of literature: 19th Century novel, Shakespeare, Poetry through The Ages and a play. Through two closed text exams, using extract based assessment students are able to engage with some of the old and new classics. Both exams are worth 50% of the final mark.
The skills you will learn in year 10
In Year 10 we focus on creating a solid grounding in the skills needed to pass these exams. Through varied and engaging schemes of work students will build their reading skills in inference, language and structure analysis, critical analysis and comparing and contrasting. By studying these texts they will then learn to apply these elements to their own writing.
In English Literature we will be studying The Strange Case Of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, An Inspector Calls and some of the poetry from our chosen anthology Power and Conflict.
The skills you will learn in year 11:
In both Language and Literature, Year 11 is where students begin to apply the skills they have developed in Year 10 to the exam. We teach them how to structure their responses to the questions, develop strategies that enable them to make the most use of the time allowed. We use walking/talking mocks in lessons to give them as much real exam experience as possible.
In Literature we will be revisiting the texts and poetry studied in Year 10, as well as returning to Macbeth.