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English

Studying English at Dormston is an exciting and challenging experience – in what other subject could you travel to different worlds? Dip into Dickensian London? Be transported to Jacobean England? Create gripping narratives? Discuss, explore and imagine?

The English Department runs the AQA English Language GCSE and the Eduqas English Literature GCSE. We are fortunately staffed with subject specialists who love their subject and are passionate and enthusiastic teachers. Staffing is as follows:

Mrs Moseley (Lead Practitioner and Curriculum Leader English), Mrs Millership (Second in Department), Mr Corns (English Lead Practitioner), Mr Fox (Literacy Co-ordinator and Year 10 Strategy Leader), Miss Cope (Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator), Miss Chaplin (Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator, Mrs Ainge, Miss Merrick, Mr Bourne and Miss Stevens. 

KS3

Here at Dormston we believe that success in Key Stage 4 is built on success at Key Stage 3. Students study a diverse and challenging curriculum throughout their first years at the school which is designed to develop key skills and guide learners towards becoming independent and motivated students ready for the GCSE course in Year 10.

YEAR 7
In their first year at Dormston students study a programme of learning that is designed to bridge the gap between primary and secondary school.
Throughout their first year with us, they will explore: A variety of fiction and non-fiction texts The novel ‘The Machine Gunners’ by Robert Westall A study of the environment and planet Earth with a GCSE Language focus A creative writing unit on the topic of Literary Villains A unit on ‘A Day in the Life’, where the focus is on the analysis of non-fiction autobiographical extracts.

Students are assessed regularly throughout the year by staff and are formally assessed at calendared points at each half term. These assessments are used to monitor student progress and tailor intervention, support and challenge as necessary.

YEAR 8
Students in Year 8 continue to build on the skills that they have developed in the previous year whilst moving towards a more rigorous approach in English. Our Year 8 course consists of: A variety of fiction and non-fiction texts A creative writing unit focused on the topic of Gothic Horror The novel ‘Darkside’ by Tom Becker A study of Crime and Punishment in the Victorian era with a GCSE Language focus Heritage poetry The year concludes in a fantastic showcase with the Shakespeare Festival – whereupon each group will condense and perform a Shakespeare play in front of an audience of their peers and parents.

Students are assessed regularly throughout the year by staff and are formally assessed at calendared points at each half term. These assessments are used to monitor student progress and tailor intervention, support and challenge as necessary.

YEAR 9
The final year of Key Stage 3 cements to transition from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 and equips students with the skills required to access and succeed at GCSE level.   Our Year 9 curriculum is constructed of the following components: A variety of fiction and non-fiction texts A study of the poetry of WW1 with clear links to the GCSE poetry they will study during KS4 The novel ‘Heroes’ by Robert Cormier Dystopian creative writing A unit on Teenage Life with clear links to the GCSE Language course A consolidation of the Year 7 and 8 Literature skills through the study of Romeo and Juliet

Students are assessed continually throughout the year by staff and are formally assessed at calendared points at each half term. These assessments are used to monitor student progress and tailor intervention, support and challenge as necessary.

GCSE

Here at Dormston we believe that success in Key Stage 4 is built on success at Key Stage 3. Students study a diverse and challenging curriculum throughout their first years at the school which is designed to develop key skills and guide learners towards becoming independent and motivated students ready for the GCSE course in Year 10. At the end of two years, students will receive two separate qualifications in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. GCSE qualifications are reported on a nine point scale from 1 to 9, where 9 is the highest grade. All course components are assessed via examinations at the end of the two year course. Students’ progress is tracked through a series of half-termly assessments, along with mock examinations at the end of Year 10 and during Year 11.

Students follow the Eduqas English Literature specification and the AQA English Language specification.

Section A (25%) – Reading (40 marks) This exam will be an unseen extract from one 20th century literary prose text with 4 structured questions. Section B (25%) – Descriptive or Narrative Writing (40 marks) This section is one 40 mark task and it will be inspired by the topic that they have responded to in section A. Pupils are required to demonstrate their narrative and descriptive skills in response to a written prompt, scenario or visual image.

Section A (25%) – Reading (40 marks) The exam will be two linked sources from different time periods and genres in order to consider how each presents a perspective or viewpoint to influence the reader with 4 structured questions.
Section B (25%) – Writing (40 marks) This section is one 40 mark task and will test the ability to produce a written text to a specified audience, purpose and form in which pupils give their own perspective on the theme that has been introduced to them in section A.
Pupils may be required to write either a speech, a leaflet, an essay, a letter or an article.

(40 marks) Students will be required to complete one formal presentation or speech and will be assessed on responses to questions and feedback following the presentation. Spoken language will be reported on as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.

Section A (20%) – Shakespeare (40 marks) Study of Macbeth. One extract (15 marks) and one essay question (25 marks) based on the reading of the play. (Students are not permitted to take copies of the text into the examination) Section B (20%) Poetry from 1789 to the present day Two questions based on poems from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology. One question will be on a named poem (15 marks) and one which involves comparison of the named poem with another from the anthology (25 marks) (Students are not permitted to take a copy of the anthology into the
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Section A (20%) Post-1914 Prose/Drama (40 marks) An Inspector Calls (Priestley) One source -based question on a post 1914 prose/drama text. (Students are not permitted to take copies of the text into the examination) Section B (20%) 19th Century Prose (40 marks) A Christmas Carol (Dickens) One source-based question on a 19th Century prose text. Answers must include knowledge of the context of the novel. (Students are not permitted to take copies of the text into the examination).
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Two questions on unseen poems. One question is an analysis of one unseen poem (15 marks) and one which involves comparison of this poem with another unseen poem (25 marks)

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Studying English at Dormston is an exciting and challenging experience – in what other subject could you travel to different worlds? Dip into Dickensian London? Be transported to Jacobean England? Create gripping narratives? Discuss, explore and imagine?

English Department Keystage Three Summer reading J K Rowling’s The Ickabog

During lockdown, J K Rowling has released her tale of “The Ickabog”. The link to the website and also to an exciting competition to illustrate it can be found here.

We are aware as a Department of the importance of reading to continue to develop student vocabulary and word recognition as well as firing students’ imaginations. Therefore Team English have recorded themselves reading the tale on a series of videos. The text appears on screen so you and your child may like to listen – we will release enough videos toy keep your son/ daughter engaged in reading over the summer break. 

We have also added the most recent advice for parents from the Education Endowment Foundation who are working closely with the government to minimise the impact of loss of schooling. Their info graphics are a useful tool for parents to maintain their child’s interest and engagement with reading. Some of the statements are geared more to Primary children but they will give an idea of what conversations around reading could sound like.

Loom Videos

Instalment 1 with Mr Corns – Chapter 1 – Chapter 2 – Chapter 3 –Chapter 4

Instalment 2 with Miss Chaplin: Chapter 5 – Chapter 6 – Chapter 7 – Chapter 8

Instalment 3 with Miss Sadler: Chapter 9 – Chapter 10 – Chapter 11 – Chapter 12

Instalment 4 with Mr Bourne: Chapter 13 – Chapter 14 – Chapter 15 – Chapter 16

Instalment 5 with Miss Stevens – Chapter 17 – Chapter 18 – Chapter 19 – Chapter 20

Instalment 6 with Miss Merrick :Chapter 21 – Chapter 22 Chapter 23 – Chapter 24

Instalment 7 with Mrs Moseley

Instalment 8 with Mrs Millership: Chapter 29 – Chapter 30 – Chapter 31 – Chapter 32

Instalment 9 with Mr Fox: Chapter 33 – Chapter 34 – Chapter 35 – Chapter 36

Instalment 10 with Miss Chaplin: Chapter 37 – Chapter 38 – Chapter 39 – Chapter 40