The EDRON Academy

The English Department

Introduction

english1The English Department's is made up of five experienced, passionate teachers. All of our teachers are motivated to achieve the best grade possible for all of our students, which has been exemplified by outstanding results across the board. Our goal is to create independent thinkers, who can flourish in any English speaking job.

English Teachers

Ms Rachel Evans- Head of English
Mr Sam Levien- 2nd in English
Mr John Kelly- Academic Deputy of the Secondary and 6th Form
Mr Mick Flynn- English Teacher
Ms Olga Montenegro- English Teacher

Key Stage 3- Years 7,8,9

Key Stage 3 is taught using the National Curriculum Levels used in the United Kingdom. They are judged on their comprehension skills, as well as their ability to write grammatically correctly and fluently. All assessment grades are used to calculate their SEP achievement grades. All classes are mixed sets.

Year 7 Topics

Writing an Autobiography Drama- Introduction to Shakespeare
Myths and Legends Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Non-Fiction- Inform, Persuade, Advise Poetry

Year 8 Topics

Gothic Horror The Boy in Striped Pyjamas
Romeo and Juliet OR Julius Caesar Ballads
Jaws Advertising Chocolate

Year 9 Topics

Animals Farm OR Lord of the Flies Capital Punishment- Persuasive Writing
Macbeth Creative Writing
War Poetry

Years 10 and 11 IGCSE Language- Compulsory

Throughout this 2 year course, students are expected to produce 3 pieces of coursework and complete an exam. The coursework is worth 50% of the overall grade, while the exam is the other 50%. The 3 pieces of coursework consist of Persuasive Writing, Descriptive Writing and a Response to a Text they have been given by the teacher. SEP grades will be based on both class work (30%) and coursework (70%).
They complete mock exams in May of Year 10, and in November of Year 11.

Years 10 and 11 IGCSE Literature- Optional

In this full time 2 year course, pupils produce 2 pieces of coursework, worth 30% of the final grade, with the exam making up the other 70%. The types of texts students study are a selection of short stories, a Shakespearean play, a 20th century play and a selection of poems from an anthology. The first piece of coursework pupils produce is based on contrasting two short stories; these are usually 'Fly in the Ointment´ by V. S. Pritchett and 'The Son's Veto' by Thomas Hardy. The next coursework is on one play that students have studied; either 'An Inspector Calls' by J. B. Priestley or 'A View from the Bridge' by Arthur Miller. The exam is made up of 3 parts:
· An extract and one question on a Short Story.
· An extract and question about a Shakespearean play.
· A question on one of the poems in the anthology.

Similarly to the English Language course, SEP grades will be based on both class work (30%) and coursework (70%).
They complete mock exams in May of Year 10, and in November of Year 11.

IB English Literature

Students develop the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of literary works, building understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism. Students study 13 works at higher level and 10 works at standard level from a representative selection of genres, periods and places.

Assessment - Students are assessed through a combination of formal examinations, written coursework and oral activities:
o 2 exams (50%) - The formal examination comprises two essay papers, one requiring the analysis of a passage of unseen literary text, and the other a response to a question based on the works studied
o Coursework (20%) - Students produce a written assignment based on the works studied in translation
o Oral Assessment (30%) – Students perform two oral activities presenting their analysis of works read

Texts: Kafka The Trial, Camus The Outsider, Mann Death in Venice, Williams A Streetcar Named Desire, Shakespeare Othello, Marlowe Dr. Faustus, Mamet Glengarry Glen Ross, Orwell 1984, , John Donne Selected Poems, Shakespeare Macbeth, Poe Short Stories, Kesey One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Conrad Heart of Darkness , Burgess A Clockwork Orange , Euripides Medea, Strindberg Miss Julie, Ibsen A Doll's House.

IB English Language and Literature

An understanding of how language, culture and context determine the construction of meaning is developed through the exploration of a wide variety of texts, some of which are studied in translation. Students develop the techniques needed for the critical analysis of communication, becoming alert to interactions between text, audience and purpose. Students study 6 works at higher level and 4 works at standard level from a representative selection of genres, periods and places.

Assessment - Students are assessed through a combination of formal examinations, written coursework and oral activities:
o 2 exams (50%) - The formal examination comprises two essay papers, one requiring the analysis of unseen literary and non-literary texts, and the other a response to a question based on the literary works studied.
o Coursework (20%) – Creative - written tasks in a variety of genres (one HL critical essay).
o Oral activities (30%) - analysis of literature works read

Topics: gender stereotypes and the media, ideology and the media, political rhetoric , bilingualism and translation, evolution of language, advertising and audience manipulation, language and the individual, language and sexuality.

Texts: Camus The Outsider, Orwell 1984, Burgess A Clockwork Orange, John Donne Selected Poems, Coleridge Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Duffy The World's Wife.