Our intention: Through exposure to great works of culture we intend to create perceptive readers, articulate speakers and compelling writers who, via the exploration of the great moral questions of humanity, grow to be inquisitive, thoughtful and fully contributing members of society.
What will your child learn in our subject?
Students will explore a wide range of literary and non literary texts, learning about their world, their history and themselves in the process. From Shakespeare, through the Romantics, the Brontes, Dickens, Steinbeck, Miller, Tennessee Williams to modern writers such as Hosseini, Russell and more, we lead students on a journey of literature across time. In addition we explore the media and its ever-changing effect on our lives and how we perceive the world around us and the people alongside us. Students will gain essential skills in writing for a variety of purposes and audiences too. Speaking and listening, which will enable them to make the progress they need throughout their school lives to prepare them for the ever-changing working world in which we live, is at the heart of all our lessons and students are encouraged to formulate and express their own ideas and interpretations confidently and articulately. At KS4, students study AQA English Language and AQA English Literature. For A Level we offer AQA English Literature A, taking a historicist approach to Literature.
In English, students are given regular homework issued and collected on a set day to help students with organization. There are 3-4 pieces of homework set each week as detailed below: All students in year 7, 8 and 9 are expected to read for 20 minutes each night and complete a book report on their reading once every 8 weeks. All students in Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 complete 2 Bedrock vocabulary lessons per week. Bedrock is an online vocabulary learning program focused on helping students broaden their vocabulary range. Each week students have either an aspect of their Knowledge Organizer to memorize for an in-class quiz the following week or an unseen reading text to respond to and complete 5 questions. In year 11, the knowledge organizer quiz is accompanied by a Literature or Language examination practice plan or essay each fortnight to prepare students for their upcoming examinations.
Extra-Curricular Activities and Trips:
We ensure that students are given the opportunity to visit the theatre at least once a year. Already booked for the academic year 2018_19 are A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic; Macbeth at the Barbican Centre; Othello at The Globe Theatre and a number of conferences to support examination skills and learning. We are also keeping our eye out for other interesting and relevant performances later in the year. As well as theatre trips we offer opportunities for students to participate in national writing competitions as they occur.
What is special about us?
With 14 members of the English team, we have a wide variety of interests, subject related and otherwise, so a student can always find someone who does or will share their appreciation of sci-fi; war stories; teenage dramas; historical romance and many others! Every reader is welcomed here (and everyone is a reader or a reader-to-be when we find them the right book!) We as teachers have high expectations of our learners and encourage them to set challenging goals in order to drive ambition. We believe that both Parents/Carers and teachers working together give students the confidence, provision and support to become the best that they can be. Our ethos is that every child matters and we aim for every student to leave Marriotts School having achieved their full potential.