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EnglishDronfield Henry Fanshawe's English Faculty aims to enable pupils to achieve their highest potential as readers, writers, speakers and listeners.


Aims of the English Faculty

The Faculty has several aims that we work together with our students to achieve. We aim to:

  • strive for all students to reach their potential
  • promote independent thinking, creativity and originality
  • encourage a lasting enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of literature
  • promote awareness and understanding of other cultures
  • encourage students to develop their ability to communicate confidently, accurately and effectively both in speaking and writing
  • prepare students fully for examinations and further study of English
  • develop a student's reading skills and equip him / her for the various reading demands of our society
  • stimulate lively and critical responses to theatre, cinema, television, journalism and other media / non-literary texts
  • develop confidence, empathy and imagination
  • build and develop resilience, responsibility and reflection

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Assessment Objectives

We use the following assessment objectives to focus our work from the start of Key Stage 3 right through to the end of Key Stage 4:

Assessment Objectives - English language

  • LAO1: Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas, select and synthesise evidence from different texts.
  • LAO2: Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views.
  • LAO3: Compare writers' ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts.
  • LAO4: Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references.
  • LAO5: Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.
  • LAO6: Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.
  • LAO7: Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting.
  • LAO8: Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback on presentations.
  • LAO9: Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.

Assessment Objectives - English literature

  • AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to: maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response, use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
  • AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.
  • AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

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Facilities

The English Faculty has its own suite of rooms in E block, together with further accommodation in A Block. Classrooms are well equipped with ICT facilities such as projectors and multimedia equipment.

The Faculty is well resourced for texts at all Key Stages and resources are regularly reviewed and updated, making use of recommendations from staff and students.

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Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 builds on the skills already developed in primary schools. During these three years, students are given a wide range of experience in all aspects of English, covering the full spectrum of National Curriculum requirements.

Organisation

Classes are taught in mixed ability groups in Years 7, 8 and 9. Work is differentiated and personalized to ensure that students are both challenged and supported in their work. This ensures that they are able to make progress at all levels.

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  • Year 7

    Students will cover a range of units including the openings of classic novels, study of Shakespeare and extracts of his plays, a novel, poetry and a drama text. We also work on a variety of skills such as descriptive and creative writing, writing to express an opinion and spoken language opportunities.

    Assessment will involve pieces marked for reading and writing as well as some spoken language assessments. Students will also have regular literacy and spelling work.

  • Year 8

    Students will cover the study of 19th Century short stories, a Shakespeare play, a spoken language unit, non-fiction work, and a poetry unit.

    Assessment will involve pieces marked for reading and writing as well as some spoken language assessments. Students will also have regular literacy and spelling work.

  • Year 9

    Students work on transitional units in order to prepare them for GCSE. Over the course of the year they will cover non-fiction writing, war poetry, creative writing, seminal world literature, a play by Shakespeare, a spoken language assessment, and study of 19th Century literature and context.

    Assessment will involve pieces marked for reading and writing as well as some speaking and listening assessments. Students will also have regular literacy and spelling work.

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Key Stage 4

Organisation

At GCSE students are taught in mixed ability classes where the work is personalized and differentiated according to need. It is expected that all students will be entered for both English Language and English Literature.

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  • Year 10 Year 11

    Students will follow the AQA English Language GCSE and AQA English Literature GCSE. These are both 100% examination assessments.

    English Language

    Students will prepare for two exam papers which are both worth 50% of the final GCSE. Paper 1 tests the reading of a literature fiction text and extended writing skills. Paper 2 tests the reading of non-fiction texts and extended writing skills. Students will also undertake a non-examination assessment which is a speaking and listening assessment.

    Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing: External Exam – 1 hr 45 mins / 50% of GCSE / 80 marks

    Section A – Reading
    • One literature fiction text
    • Four questions
    • 40 marks
    Section B – Writing
    • One extended writing question
    • 40 marks

    Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives: External Exam – 1 hr 45 mins / 50% of GCSE / 80 marks

    Section A – Reading
    • One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
    • Four questions
    • 40 marks
    Section B – Writing
    • One extended writing question to express a viewpoint
    • 40 marks

    Spoken language: Non-examination assessment / Teacher Assessment

    • Presenting
    • Responding to questions and feedback
    • Use of Standard English

    For English Literature

    Students will prepare for two exam papers which are both worth 50% of the final GCSE. Paper 1 involves study of Shakespeare and the 19th century novel. Paper 2 tests the knowledge and understanding of a modern prose or drama text, poetry that has been studied as well as unseen poetry.

    Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel: External Exam – 1 hr 30 mins / 40% of GCSE / 64 marks

    Section A – Shakespeare
    • Write about an extract
    • Write about the whole play
    Section B – 19th-century novel
    • Write about an extract
    • Write about the whole play

    Modern texts and poetry: External Exam – 2 hrs 15 mins / 60% of GCSE / 64 marks

    Section A – Modern texts
    • Write one essay from a choice of two questions
    Section B – Poetry
    • Write a comparative essay on one named poem and one other from the anthology
    Section C – Unseen poetry
    • Answer one question on an unseen poem
    • Answer one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem

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Key Stage 5

Organisation

There are a number of 'A' level Literature and 'A' level English Language groups in Sixth Form with a wide range of students taking one or both subjects. Classes are taught by pairs of teachers for five hours per week.

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  • Year 12 Year 13

    Students will follow the AQA English Language A Level, and AQA English Literature Specification B.

    English Language

    Students will study two components: 'Language, the Individual and Society' a two and a half hour exam paper which is worth 40% and 'Language Diversity and Change' a two and a half hour exam paper which is worth 40%. Students will also produce an investigation and a media text as coursework which is worth 20%.

    English Literature

    Students will study two components: 'Literary Genres: Aspects of Tragedy or Comedy' a two and a half hour closed book exam paper which is worth 40% and 'Texts and Genres: Elements of Crime or Political Writing' a two and a half hour open book exam paper which is worth 40%. Students will also produce two pieces of coursework which, combined, is worth 20%.

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Extra curricular activities

The English Faculty offers a variety of extra-curricular enrichment activities.

  • Theatre trips: Arranged for students as and when appropriate productions arise
  • 'A' Level Literature and Language: We offer opportunities for students to attend various study days at local universities. We also organise visits to conferences
  • Debating: When available and where time and interest permits, we run regular informal internal debates and take part in local competition.
  • Sponsored Readathon: Charity Fund Raising event for Year 7 students.
  • Buddy Readers: Supported reading for Year 7 and Year 8 students.
  • Film Club: Co-run by members of the English Faculty.
  • Writing competitions: We offer regular competitions through the year for all year groups.
  • World Book Day: Costume and character competition.
  • Harry Potter Night: A celebration of the books and films.

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Teaching staff

  • Allen, Rachel
  • Benson, Rachael
  • Bunten, Anna
  • Compai, Sarah
  • Gavin, Jenny
  • Glossop, Sarah (TA)
  • Haigh, Carly
  • Hanlon, Jo
  • Holdsworth, Jo (TA)
  • Jacklin, Alexandra
  • Lingard, Sarah (Head of Faculty)
  • McDonnell, Sharon
  • Morley, Helen
  • Sanderson, Charlotte
  • Smith, Sheridan
  • Vaughan, Iain
  • Watkin, Laura
  • Yates, Nicola

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Websites to help students learn about English

Please see the DHFS VLE for further links.

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