Our faculty is characterised by enthusiasm, passion for our subject and commitment to providing the best possible experience for all students in every English lesson at George Pindar School. Our main aim is to achieve the highest possible standards for all of our students, allowing them to attain their best grades in English. We hope that our students will enjoy their work in English, and we strive to ensure that our curriculum offers a rich and diverse range of learning experiences. As a team, we believe that all students should enjoy learning and that each student should have an equal opportunity to achieve their maximum learning potential. We encourage students come to English lessons with the expectation that they will be valued and encouraged but that their lessons will be demanding, rigorous and enjoyable.
Learners in English lessons will be:
- Engaged in suitable activities – to acquire or consolidate concepts and skills
- Challenged – in relation to their earlier work. Students should be able to understand and cope successfully with lesson content, but only with intellectual, physical or creative effort
- Productive – students should be working at the optimum pace
- Motivated – students should be seeking help when needed and staying on task
- Collaborative – students will work together to explore the subject
Teaching in English lessons will be:
- Discursive – characterised by high quality work
- Interactive – students contributions are encouraged, expected and extended
- Well-paced – there is a sense of urgency, driven by the need to make progress and succeed
- Confident – teachers have a clear understanding of their objectives – both short and long term
- Ambitious – there is an optimism about high expectations of success
We are constantly looking to hone and develop our English curriculum to ensure that it will inspire and engage students at both Key Stages 3 and 4. Our mission is to ensure that all students leave George Pindar School with the English skills that they need to succeed, both in education and in life beyond school.
Our Key Stage Three Curriculum covers a variety of topics, ranging from exploring Shakespeare’s plays to analysing poetry through rap lyrics. Students, regardless of their level, will develop the skills that they require to access the GCSEs for both Language and Literature.
All students at KS4 will study for their GCSEs in English Language and English Literature, on the AQA specification. The specification for both qualifications are available for download here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse.
For English Language, students will be exposed to a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts from the 19th Century through to the present day. In addition to this, students are required to complete a Spoken Language Endorsement. The English Literature course requires students to study a Shakespeare play, an anthology of 15 poems, a modern text and a pre-1914 text. Both courses are terminal and are assessed by 100% external examination