Welcome to the English and Media Studies department. Our goals are to provide an exceptional experience of English and Media Studies, to share our passion for Language, Literature, and Media Studies, and to embed the confidence and skills that underpin success in every aspect of the curriculum and beyond. Supporting our students to become creative, confident writers, engaging speakers and passionate readers is at the heart of our approach to teaching and learning.
In Year 7 and 8 students study Language and Literature in an integrated way. They study a wide range of high quality texts including a C19th novel such as ‘Frankenstein’, a play by Shakespeare, poetry from a range of eras, a modern drama and at least one contemporary novel. Alongside their study of significant works of literature, they are taught how to develop their own writing in a range of forms and genres.
Students also enjoy a 100 minute reading lesson in the LRC combining Accelerated Reader, independent reading and a shared class reader; this approach supports their growth as engaged and informed readers. There are also regular opportunities in lesson to develop students’ discursive and public speaking skills supporting them to become confident and expressive public speakers.
Students in Year 9-11 study Edexcel GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Again, Language and Literature are taught in an integrated way, allowing students to consistently develop skills in both GCSE subjects, making good use of the high quality models from the GCSE Literature course to help shape their own distinct writing styles and analytical skills as readers.
Students study a wide range of texts from a choice set by the exam board; for students in Year 9 and 10 these will include a C19th novel, ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by Shakespeare, a collection of fifteen poems from the Edexcel Time and Place Anthology and Susan Hill’s post 1914 British novel, ‘The Woman in Black’.
As well as studying these texts in class, wherever possible students will have the opportunity to see texts in performance and to participate in in-school workshops, to fully develop their understanding and interpretations of their set texts.
Whilst challenging, the new GCSE curriculum affords students an unparalleled opportunity to study significant, engaging and thought-provoking texts, supporting their grown as confident, engaged students of English Language and Literature, equipping them with a highly prized set of analytical and creative skills that are vital for their future successes.
Students who choose Media Studies follow the AQA GCSE Media Studies course. It is an exciting, challenging, and creative course that encourages students to become informed users and imaginative creators of a full range of media text types.
Students complete 3 significant Controlled Assessment assignments throughout the two year course, each piece combining a practical piece as well as an analytical and evaluative response. In addition, students in Year 11 study TV games shows in preparation for the examined component of the course, whilst Year 10 students will be examined on their knowledge and understanding of TV drama.
Our Media Studies teachers have industry experience, enriching the experiences of the students and helping to ensure that students have a firm grasp of real industry practices and career opportunities in a range of fields.
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