English

Welcome to the Brymore English Department!

We pride ourselves on our record of ‘outstanding’ teaching (noted again by Ofsted in January 2012) which encourages boys to exceed expectations and achieve the best possible results. We encourage our students to think for themselves, to analyse language with originality and perception, to develop into confident, highly skilled  critics. There are no barriers. Boys are expected to work hard and commit totally to all aspects of the course. In return, we aim to inspire, encourage and praise, because enjoyment breeds motivation, which in turn, breeds success.

‘Boys will achieve their full academic potential. What makes English at Brymore unique? The fact that in many cases, they will go beyond this.’

Opening Minds: Brymore English Focus Day

Key Stage 3

All schemes of work are designed to be engaging, challenging and rigorous in order to develop and refine skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Students in Year 7 and 8 have dedicated lessons in the LRC where they have the opportunity to explore different works of fiction, read to staff and have the opportunity to develop into skilled and confident readers. Students also have reading journals where there are encouraged to log their reading and reflect on the text they have read.

Year 7

In year 7 students will develop their writing skills in the ‘Village People.’ Students create their own fictional village with residents and practise writing in different formats.  In the second half of the autumn term students study the popular contemporary novel ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo. Students will analyse language and literary techniques, demonstrating their comprehension through developing essay writing skills. In the spring term the concept of identity is explored through poetry followed by an introduction to Shakespeare where students will enjoy studying ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’ After Easter students will investigate the evolution of the English language from Chaucer to 19th century gothic horror. The summer term will conclude studying the art of creative and descriptive writing encouraging students to be creative.

Year 9

In year 9 students explore the world of media analysing contemporary texts and their effect on society. This will be followed by the study of the popular and much loved musical ‘Blood Brothers’ where we endeavour to ensure students experience a live theatre performance. After Christmas ‘Henry V’ will ensure skills in comprehending, analysing and appreciating Shakespeare are continued to be refined. This will be followed by reading ‘The Hunger Games’ and examining the concept of dystopian societies. The summer term will have students further building their skills in analysing poetry and command of English in descriptive writing as a final preparation for Key Stage 4.

What will GCSE English be like?

At GCSE students study English with Edexcel, learning to analyse poetry, media texts and write creatively in a range of styles from non-fiction report writing to creative, descriptive writing. They read three texts, ‘Of Mice and Men,’ ‘Macbeth’ and ‘A Journey’s End.’. Students now study Literature as a separate subject, which includes a modern drama text (Journey’s End) and a collection of poetry. Students examined after 2014 will take two GCSES, Edexcel English and AQA iGCSE English Literature.

A more detailed course breakdown for GCSE can be found here

Head of Department: Mrs J Taylor-Lane.

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