The English Department at Werneth is experienced, enthusiastic and innovative. English is delivered at Werneth School by thirteen teachers including a Senior Leader and Werneth’s teaching and learning lead teacher. In addition to the teaching staff, two full-time Teaching Assistants support lessons in both Key Stages and deliver a successful programme of intervention to small groups of students.
Key stage 3
In Key Stage Three, our English curriculum aims to build students’ breadth and depth of knowledge of English as a subject. To this end, we study a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts from different periods of time and genres. Students are also offered the opportunity to explore and produce a variety of forms of writing themselves.
dents also can tap into their creative sides with a wide variety of captivating poems and also several Shakespeare plays.
While the English curriculum develops the knowledge and skills that the students will need for their GCSEs in English Language and English Literature, it also aims to encourage creativity and develop engagement with the subject. We wish to see students enjoy and flourish as they develop in our English lessons.
Year 7 and 8 students also participate in fortnightly reading lessons in our school library. In this time, students read fiction and non-fiction, both as a class and individually, to encourage and develop an enjoyment of reading. We also offer reading support to students as necessary: some students follow the Lexia programme while others are offered small group literacy lessons. The emphasis on reading is crucial here at Werneth. We feel it’s essential to never let their passion for reading fade.
Key stage 4
Students in Year 10 and 11 follow the AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature specifications. The GCSE English courses have been designed to include the study of a range of prose and drama extracts in order to consolidate analytical and evaluative reading skills: one Shakespeare play, one pre-19th Century Prose novel, an anthology of modern poetry and one modern play. The course also involves the teaching of a plethora of writing skills in order to create confident, accurate and imaginative writers. Each KS4 class receives nine one hour lessons over a fortnight.
English is assessed solely through examinations which will take place at the end of Year 11; there is no coursework element.
Trips take place to local theatres to support the understanding and appreciation of texts and to also expand students’ cultural appreciation of plays in context. In addition to this, travelling theatre groups and visiting poets are welcomed into our school to perform and run workshops.
The English department also runs after school and lunchtime revision sessions for KS4 students.