Students in Key Stage 4 are taught GCSE English from the AQA exam board, which enables students to experience analysing language and reading interesting literature texts. Along with a Shakespeare play, students study a 19th century novel, modern prose, a selection of poetry and non-fiction texts. Their work is assessed by their GCSE examination at the end of year 11. Students have found the course to be both challenging and relevant to their own experiences and future ambitions.
Key Stage 3 students are also taught a range of texts to ignite discussion and challenge their attitudes. Year 9 study Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird, both part of the American literary canon. Year 8 read the dystopian novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Noughts and Crosses by Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman. Year 7 read Carnegie Medal winner Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner and Ketchup Clouds, a novel about a young girl who writes to a man on death row about a terrible secret. Language skills are embedded within the literature lessons and all year groups study a range of non- fiction schemes. There is a great emphasis on writing skills and spelling, punctuation and grammar with the intention being that students become competent and confident writers. Throughout KS3 students develop the skills required in KS4 so the progression to GCSE study is seamless.
Students are encouraged to participate in a range of speaking and listening tasks, such as drama activities, to allow them to explore texts in a variety of ways. Students are regularly assessed for a range of skills in writing, reading and speaking and listening with teachers giving regular feedback to ensure students know how to improve.
The English team believe that ensuring students enjoy their lessons is imperative to their success in the subject. Therefore, staff always find new ways to develop innovative lessons using new technology and techniques, such as interactive whiteboards and using iPads. However, we also believe that students’ own creativity should be encouraged and they produce imaginative pieces of work. Literacy is encouraged in all aspects of the curriculum and an enjoyment of reading is encouraged. All Moreton staff share their current reading book with students by displaying reading posters on the doors of their classrooms. This has allowed a dialogue between teachers and students demonstrating how reading can be enjoyed by everyone.
Our team’s vision for English is to ensure students continue to achieve, but also feel challenged, appreciated and listened to in their lessons, where their opinions are valid and they will be taught skills that they will utilise when they have left school.
English Teaching Staff
Mrs. S. Cox – Head of Department
Miss E Garrity- Second in English Department
Miss P. Jones – Head of KS4 English
Mrs S Lister – Teacher of English
Miss A. Johnson- Teacher of English
Mrs R. Coward- Teacher of English
Miss L. McInnis – Teacher of English
Mrs E. Green- Teacher of English