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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

  • Encourage reading and enjoyment of a variety of written and media texts.
  • Encourage both critical and emotional responses, to help pupils develop as independent readers.
  • Encourage the ability to listen and to speak with confidence in a wide variety of situations.
  • Encourage emotional development through imaginative and dramatic activities.
  • Encourage the use of language in creative ways and to develop aesthetic awareness.
  • Foster the ability of pupils to write in a variety of ways appropriate to purpose and situation.
  • Encourage students to reflect on the nature of language and its social, geographical and political dimensions.
  • Encourage independent and critical thinkers.
  • Assist students in achieving their full potential in language in order to equip them for a richer, fuller life after school.
  • To keep in mind the future of English in the 21st century and expand the use of ICT.

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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.

Portable video cameras and Dictaphones are kept within the faculty as are DVD adaptations of many of our most popular texts.

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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.

Please see the DHFS VLE for further details regarding the Key Stage 3 curriculum.

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  • Year 7

    Students will cover a range of units including the openings of classic novels, a letter back to their primary school, study of Shakespeare and some extracts of his plays, a novel or short stories, newspapers, poetry and a drama text.

    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.

  • Year 8

    Students will cover the study of a prose text, media analysis, a Shakespeare play, speeches, either a film study, spoken language unit, or an additional novel, and a poetry unit.

    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.

  • 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 choice of spoken language study, an additional prose text or a film study.

    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.

Further details of the Key Stage 4 course outlines are available on the DHFS VLE.

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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.

    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.

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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.

Please see the DHFS VLE for further details regarding course content and structure.

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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. Year 10 attend the Young People's reading debate when offered.
  • Sponsored Readathon: Charity Fund Raising event for Year 7 students.
  • Drama: Close links are maintained with the drama department and some English teachers teach drama at KS3.
  • Book Club: for able readers in Year 7.
  • Film Club: Co-run by members of the English Faculty.
  • Spilled Ink: School newspaper run by Miss Crane and Mrs Compai.
  • Writing competitions: Offered in school throughout the year as and when opportunities arise.
  • Derbyshire Literature Challenge: Teams from Year 9 have been entered to pit their wits against other schools in the county.

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Teaching staff

  • Allen, Rachel
  • Benson, Rachael
  • Bunten, Anna
  • Compai, Sarah
  • Crane, Charlotte
  • Entwistle, Sam
  • Gavin, Jenny
  • Glossop, Sarah (TA)
  • Haigh, Carly
  • Holdsworth, Jo (TA)
  • Jacklin, Alexandra
  • Lingard, Sarah (Head of Faculty)
  • McDonnell, Sharon
  • Neale, Amanda (TA)
  • 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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