English & Media


Head of Faculty: Miss E Clapton

Faculty Introduction

The English and Media Faculty consists of fourteen members – thirteen teachers and one professional assistant. There is a range of experience within the faculty and a high number of “outstanding” teachers. We work very closely as a team to ensure that English and Media lessons are consistently challenging and engaging. We also set high expectations that encourage us to constantly be striving to look for where we can develop and improve our practice to ensure the best education for all of our students.

English

Curriculum:

Please click on the relevant year group to find information about curriculum delivery timeline, subject to change.

 
 
     

Extra-curricular:

In English, we offer a range of extra-curricular activities. Once a week we hold a Creative Writing Club that is very popular with students from all year groups. Students gather together to share writing they have done and get feedback, as well as creating new pieces of writing with given prompts and stimulus. Alongside the club, there is an annual creative writing competition where both students and staff can enter stories or poems they have written based around a particular theme. There are some excellent young writers in the school and these opportunities have enabled them to develop their craft.

Within year 9 lessons, students have the opportunity to take part in learning about debating. This then provides them with a further opportunity to attend an external debating competition against other schools across the country. Selected volunteers are able to attend extra sessions to develop their debating skills and improve their understanding of how to create an effective argument.

We also organise a range of trips throughout the year to support students’ learning outside of the classroom. Recent trips have included: visiting the Globe Theatre in London to see a production of “Much Ado About Nothing”; a visit to a production of “Lord of the Flies”; attendance at a poetry conference focused on the GCSE poets and a week-long trip to the Open University to study Media skills.

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Year 7

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Introductory lesson and baseline testing
  • A Christmas Carol and Creative Writing
Autumn
2nd half term
  • A Christmas Carol and Creative Writing
Winter
1st half term
  • Poetry anthology and Creative Writing
Winter
2nd half term
  • Literary fiction and Creative Writing
Summer
1st half term
  • Exam Prep
  • Shakespeare – The Tempest
Summer
2nd half term
  • Shakespeare – The Tempest
  • Independent project

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Year 8

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Introductory lesson and baseline testing
  • Non-Fiction Reading and Writing
Autumn
2nd half term
  • Of Mice and Men and Non-Fiction Writing
Winter
1st half term
  • Of Mice and Men and Non—Fiction Writing
  • Prose and non-fiction
Winter
2nd half term
  • Prose and non-fiction writing
Summer
1st half term
  • Exam Prep
  • Blood Brothers
Summer
2nd half term
  • Blood Brothers
  • Gothic Horror

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Year 9

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Introductory lesson and baseline testing
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Creative Writing
Autumn
2nd half term
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Creative Writing
  • Debating
Winter
1st half term
  • The 19th Century Novel
  • Unseen Poetry and Creative Writing
Winter
2nd half term
  • Poetry anthology and Creative Writing
Summer
1st half term
  • Poetry anthology and Creative Writing
  • Exam Prep
Summer
2nd half term
  • Transition to GCSE

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Year 10

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • AQA Poetry Anthology
  • Unseen Poetry
  • Language Paper 1
Autumn
2nd half term
  • AQA Poetry Anthology
  • Unseen Poetry
  • Language Paper 1
Winter
1st half term
  • 20th Century Text - DNA
  • Language Paper 2
Winter
2nd half term
  • 20th Century Text - DNA
  • Language Paper 2
Summer
1st half term
  • 19th Century Text
    • Jekyll & Hyde
    • The Sign of Four
  • AQA Anthology and Unseen Poetry
Summer
2nd half term
  • 20th Century Text
    • Lord of the Flies (Revision)
    • DNA (Revision)
  • English Language
    • Papers 1 & 2

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Year 11

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
  • Shakespeare Text
    • Much Ado
    • Macbeth
  • Language Paper 1 (Revision)
Autumn
2nd half term
  • 19th Century Novel
    • Jekyll and Hyde
    • The Sign of Four
  • Shakespeare Text
    • Much Ado
    • Macbeth
  • Language Paper 2 (Revision)
Winter
1st half term
  • AQA Poetry Anthology (Revision)
  • Language Papers 1 & 2 (Revision)
  • Lord of the Flies (Revision)
  • DNA (Revision)
Winter
2nd half term
  • AQA Poetry Anthology (Revision)
  • Language Papers 1 & 2 (Revision)
  • Lord of the Flies (Revision)
  • DNA (Revision)
Summer
1st half term
  • 19th Century text
    • Jekyll & Hyde (Revision)
    • The Sign of Four (Revision)
  • Language Papers 1 & 2 (Revision)
  • Shakespeare Revision
Summer
2nd half term
  • TBC

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Year 12

Term Litrature Language/Litrature
Autumn
1st half term
A Streetcar Named Desire and Frankenstein The Great Gatsby.
Autumn
2nd half term
A Streetcar Named Desire and Poems of the Decade. Frankenstein and The Handmaid’s Tale. The Great Gatsby.
Winter
1st half term
Revision for mock exams and Poems of the Decade and The Handmaid’s Tale. Poetry - Rapture by Carol Anne Duffy.
Winter
2nd half term
Poems of the Decade and The Handmaid’s Tale. Revision.
Summer
1st half term
Revision for public exams Revision for public exams.
Summer
2nd half term
Othello and The Wife of Bath’s Tale. Reading coursework. Writing coursework.

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Year 13

Term Litrature Language/Litrature
Autumn
1st half term
Coursework text teaching, outline draft and writing. Coursework: A Streetcar Named Desire and The Great Gatsby.
Autumn
2nd half term
Othello and The Wife of Bath’s Tale. Coursework: A Streetcar Named Desire and The Great Gatsby. Poetry.
Winter
1st half term
Coursework writing.. Coursework: A Streetcar Named Desire and The Great Gatsby.
Winter
2nd half term
Revision of A Streetcar Named Desire. The Wife of Bath’s Tale. Coursework: A Streetcar Named Desire and The Great Gatsby.
Summer
1st half term
Revision Prose, Poetry and Drama. Revision.
Summer
2nd half term
TBC TBC

Media

Curriculum:

Please click on the relevant year group to find information about curriculum delivery timeline, subject to change.

 
 
     
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Year 10

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term

Television Component 1a

  • Media language and meaning
  • Media representations 
  • Mediation  
  • Stereotypes
  • Inequality in Themes and ideologies
  • Representation and context
  • Representation and audience.
  • Media industries
  • Media producers
  • Ownership and control
  • Media audiences 
  • Targeting audiences
  • Active audiences
  • Changing audience.
  • Contexts
Autumn
2nd half term
Advertising and Marketing Component 1B
  • Media producers
  • Ownership and control
  • Convergence
  • Funding
  • Industries and audience
  • Media regulation

Winter
1st half term &
2nd half term

Non Exam Assessment
(Coursework)
Summer
1st half term &
2nd half term
Component 1
Revision

 

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Year 11

Term Topic
Autumn 1st half term & Autumn
2nd half term
  • Moving Image
  • Radio / sound
  • Web based technology
  • Print
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Promotion of music
  • Gaming
Winter
1st half term & Winter
2nd half term
  • Assignments 1 and 2 Improvements
Summer
1st half term & Summer
2nd half term
  • Exam Revision
  • Exam Preparation

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Year 12

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
Audiences and Institutions. BBC radio and Minecraft. Media language. Music video.
Autumn
2nd half term
Coursework. TV drama. News. Exam technique.
Winter
1st half term
Exam technique. Coursework. The Jungle Book. The Big Issue.
Winter
2nd half term
The Jungle Book. The Big Issue. The Jungle Book. Revision.
Summer
1st half term
Revision
Summer
2nd half term
TBC

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Year 13

Term Topic
Autumn
1st half term
Collective identity.  Coursework.
Autumn
2nd half term
Question 1b and Coursework.
Winter
1st half term
Question 1a and Coursework.
Winter
2nd half term
Revision, Coursework and question 1a.
Summer
1st half term
Revision, Coursework and question 1a.
Summer
2nd half term
TBC

 
 
 

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