The English Curriculum Area at Wilsthorpe is proud to have a dedicated, passionate and committed team of teachers who are English subject specialists. Through high expectations, cooperative classrooms and engaging lessons, we challenge all of our students to be their best and empower them to be able to read analytically; write powerfully; speak articulately; and to understand the world around them. As a result of this, our students make excellent progress and develop their communication, independence, and critical-thinking skills. Students are taught in broad ability groups which we regularly evaluate and monitor.
Key Stage 3
Across a fortnightly timetable, students receive 5 English lessons, 1 Grammar lesson and 1 Library lesson. English lessons seek to deliver the Curriculum, whilst Grammar lessons enable students to develop and apply their literacy skills. This prevents literacy becoming a barrier to learning and gives students the knowledge to enhance their reading and writing skills. The Library lesson is a real treat where pupils can nurture a life-long love for reading and be rewarded for their reading.
Across KS3, content is delivered through a thematic approach as follows:
Each theme allows a wide exploration of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and writing for different purposes, to expose students to a wealth of texts and has been designed to build students skills in reading/analysis, writing and speaking. Students are assessed on the progress they have made towards specific skills every half-term.
View a summary of our KS3 assessments and skills here.
Key Stage 4
GCSE study provides students with the opportunity to study a diverse range of Literature; explore and analyse writers’ methods; evaluate and compare texts; relate texts to their contexts; and write for different audiences and purposes.
It builds on the skills and knowledge gained in KS3, with students studying AQA English Language and AQA English Literature. The grades for both of these qualifications are awarded as a result of four exam assessments – sat at the end of Year 11:
Students are not allowed copies of their Literature texts in their exams. A separate ‘Speaking and Listening’ grade is also rewarded to students, as a result of a presentation given at the end of Year 10.
Students receive 9-10 English lessons per fortnight; split into Language and Literature lessons, with different exam sections taught as half-termly topics and assessed by teachers.
View a summary of our KS4 teaching timetable and assessments here.
Regular revision is essential for success at GCSE; view our ‘Parent Guide to English Exams and Revision’ here.
The following revision guides are also available to purchase through ‘ParentPay’ – from £1.50 each:
Key Stage 5
At A-level, we offer AQA English Language and AQA English Literature Specification B. Students are encouraged to be independent, evaluative thinkers, in order to become ‘experts’ in their subject. Discussion and debate are central, alongside students engaging with critical theory and academic articles, preparing them for degree-level study and the workplace. Many of our A-level students go on to study at elite universities, previously including The University of Oxford and The University of Cambridge.
A- Level English Language
In A-level English Language, the course provides students with opportunities to explore a full range of communication, consider how language use reflects society and engage with a range of language debates. As a result of this, students also develop their own craft to become sophisticated writers.
For A-level English Literature, students develop analytical and critical thinking skills through the study and discussion of a variety of literary texts. The course is broken down into three components to allow students to experience a range of poetry, plays and novels from pre-19th century to the current day.
Film is a powerful and inspiring medium which in turn, inspires students to be both critical and creative. Therefore, we are proud to offer ‘Film Studies’ as an option subject at KS4 and KS5. The WJEC courses offer opportunities for students to watch, analyse, compare and discuss a set of diverse films reflecting various genres. Students are also given an opportunity to apply their learning and create their own work.
GCSE Film Studies
Using key terminology and theories we look closely at how films reflect genre, create narrative and appeal to audiences through cinematography.
A-level Film Studies
Students will critically evaluate film/cultural theory, applied to a range of film positioned within wider cultural movements.
The English Curriculum Area offers many enrichment activities and projects for young people, such as:
Literacy Leaders: leadership scheme
BBC Young Reporter
Poetry Society workshops
Readathon: supporting reading in hospitals
Word Power Project: vocabulary building
After-school revision sessions
We have lots of external links with organisations such as ‘The Premier League’.
Students can login to the English folder in the Google ‘Shared Student Drive’ for lots of extra learning resources.
The English ‘Wider Reading and Discovery List’ can be viewed here.
The Film ‘Wider Reading and Discovery List’ can be viewed here.
Literacy refers to the skills of reading, writing and speaking, and is promoted across the whole-school curriculum.
Click here to view our online ‘Literacy Guide’.