English

The English curriculum in our schools is rigorous, with appropriate challenge and consolidation to allow students of all abilities to flourish, whilst offering opportunities for increased breadth and depth for more-able students and support and intervention for students who are less fluent.

Enrichment

In every one of our academies a vast number of after- academy enrichment activities take place each week. Students are provided with opportunities to add depth to their learning and develop personal skills through a rich and varied enrichment programme.

Students will have the chance to enjoy new experiences and consolidate their timetabled learning through this programme. Further detailed information on the opportunities available to students can be found in the academy’s Enrichment Brochure by clicking HERE

GCSE English and English Literature revision website

English teachers and directors from across the Trust have created a revision website which is closely tailored to the messages students receive in their English lessons. We have a wealth of expertise in delivering the WJEC/Eduqas specifications that all our academies use for English and our website ensures that students can access advice and materials which will help them to achieve the best grades they can at any time. Students will need their academy Google login details to access the website.

The website can be accessed by following this link: revision.english.outwood.com

Homework Expectations

For all Year 10 and 11 students, the English Department continue to place emphasis on reading as part of home learning. We continue to discuss reading with students and advise that reading and re-reading of the core GCSE Literature texts is completed. This allows students to revise key themes, characters and events as well as writing style and use of literary technique. Therefore, for Year 10 and 11 students, we advise that students become increasingly familiar with the following texts to support their GCSE learning:
  • ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens
  • ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare
  • ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J. B. Priestley
  • EDUQAS GCSE Literature Poetry Anthology
As well as Reading, Homework in English helps to prepare students for GCSE examinations. It may consist of short tasks such as SPaG activities, exam questions based on reading materials, Pieces of exam style extended writing and a research task.