The English Department is a large one with 15 specialist, energetic and enthusiastic staff.
We believe that our role is to guide each student to develop her Reading and Writing, Speaking and Listening skills to the highest potential and to help her to develop as an independent, thinking and questioning learner. We strive to inspire enjoyment of the subject through Schemes of Work which we create together, as well as through a broad and varied programme of activities beyond the classroom.

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KS3 English

The English Department is a large one with 15 specialist, energetic and enthusiastic staff. We believe that our role is to guide each student to develop her Reading and Writing, Speaking and Listening skills to the highest potential and to help her to develop as an independent, thinking and questioning learner. We strive to inspire enjoyment of the subject through Schemes of Work which we create together, as well as through a broad and varied programme of activities beyond the classroom.

We teach every student in Years 7 to 11 and we also deliver A Levels in English Literature, English Language, Creative Writing and Media.

Our extra-curricular activities at the Lower school include a Reading Group and a Debating Society.  We also encourage students to enter writing competitions as well as an internal Poetry by Heart Competition.  Because our students respond well to visiting writers, publishers often offer us author visits.  It is always interesting for students to hear from new writers so we take advantage of this as far as possible.

Outings to various theatre productions are arranged including an annual visit to the Globe theatre, with tickets sponsored by Deutsche Bank for all Year 8 students. 


Year 7

Autumn Term 1Myths and Legends

Students will explore a range of myths and legends and have a go at writing their own.

Autumn Term 2: Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Spring Term 1:  Exploring Non-Fiction

Students will both read and write a range of non-fiction forms.

Spring Term 2: Poetry - The Romantic Poets

Summer Term 1:Victorian Writers

In this unit students will be introduced to key Victorian writers through the study of a range of extracts.

Summer Term 2: ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell

 

Every class will also have a Reading Lesson once a fortnight. In this session students will have the opportunity to independently read and discuss their reading with the class and teacher.  Students will also be provided with an accompanying reading booklet with a range of fiction and non-fiction extracts for the class to explore. These lessons also provide the opportunity to track reading and to share reading recommendations. 


Year 8

Autumn Term 1:  The Female Voice

Students will explore a diverse range of female writers through the ages encouraging them to find their own writing voice.

Autumn Term 2:  Class Reader: ‘Maggot Moon’ by Sally Gardner

Spring Term: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

Summer 1:  Writing to Argue

Students will both read and write a range of topical non-fiction texts to develop their persuasive skills.

Summer 2: Poetic Voices

In this unit students will be introduced to a range of diverse poetry focusing on key analytical skills.

 

Every class will also have a Reading Lesson once a fortnight. In this session students will have the opportunity to independently read and discuss their reading with the class and teacher.  Students will also be provided with an accompanying reading booklet with a range of fiction and non-fiction extracts for the class to explore. These lessons also provide the opportunity to track reading and to share reading recommendations. 

 


Year 9

Autumn Term 1:  Love Poetry: An Anthology  

Students will explore a diverse range of poems around the theme of love and relationships.

Autumn Term 2: Drama Text

A play to be chosen from:

Blood Brothers, An Inspector Calls, Educating Rita, Noughts and Crosses

Spring Term 1: Non-Fiction Reading and Writing: Perceptions of Youth

In this unit students will both read and write a range of topical non-fiction texts around the theme of perceptions of youth.

Spring Term 2: Creative Writing

Students will explore a range of genres and writers to develop their own imaginative writing skills.

Summer Term: 19th Century Novel, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte

Students will explore the novel over the whole term in preparation for the study of a 19th century novel at GCSE.

 

Every class will also have a Reading Lesson once a fortnight. In this session students will have the opportunity to independently read and discuss their reading with the class and teacher.  Students will also be provided with an accompanying reading booklet with a range of fiction and non-fiction extracts for the class to explore. These lessons also provide the opportunity to track reading and to share reading recommendations. 


The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms J Foster, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at ecsgeneral@enfieldcs.enfield.sch.uk or telephone 020 8363 3030.

KS4 English Language GCSE

Click here for the AQA English Language webpage and here for the 8700 SPECIFICATION.

The good practice established in Years 7-9, such as wide individual reading, thorough planning, and checking of work, as well as producing accurate work under exam conditions, remains vitally important for success in the subject.

All students study for 2 GCSEs in English and English Literature, through one integrated course. 

Throughout the course students will work to further develop their skills in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. Work on Literature covering a range of periods and genres will also be assessed. 

These courses are assessed by examination and will be graded on a 9 point scale where 9 is the highest grade.

Click here for the GCSE English Reading List.


The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms J Foster, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at ecsgeneral@enfieldcs.enfield.sch.uk or telephone 020 8363 3030.

KS4 English Literature GCSE

Click here for the AQA English Literature webpage and here for the 8702 SPECIFICATION.

The good practice established in Years 7-9, such as wide individual reading, thorough planning, and checking of work, as well as producing accurate work under exam conditions, remains vitally important for success in the subject.

All students study for 2 GCSEs in English and English Literature, through one integrated course. 

Throughout the course students will work to further develop their skills in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. Work on Literature covering a range of periods and genres will also be assessed. 

These courses are assessed by examination and will be graded on a 9 point scale where 9 is the highest grade.

Click here for the English GCSE Reading List.


The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms J Foster, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at ecsgeneral@enfieldcs.enfield.sch.uk or telephone 020 8363 3030.

KS5 English Language A Level

(Click here for the Specification Edexcel A level 9EN0)

Course Length:  A level 2 years

Student Course Criteria

The course is suitable for those students who wish to develop their knowledge about language.  There will be the opportunity to study modern texts, including media texts, and texts from the past. Students will need to be prepared to study concepts and frameworks for the study of language and to develop their skills in speaking, analysing and writing for different purposes and audiences.

Course Overview

Students will study a wide range of spoken, written and multimodal texts.  As observers, readers and writers, students will be inspired by learning about spoken and written language from real and imagined worlds and they will engage with the craft of writing to create their own texts.  The exams focus on Language Variation, Child Language and Investigating Language.  The coursework involves producing writing for different audiences and functions.

Course Assessment

The course is assessed through examinations and coursework.

Further Opportunities Following this Course

English language is a popular qualification for a wide range of courses in higher education or for further study; it is directly valuable in areas which require sound communication skills and an expert knowledge of different audiences such as publishing, journalism, media and education.

Securing a Place at Post-16

Those students who have studied GCSE English language and literature will find that the skills they have learned will prove a valuable foundation for further studies at this level.  We require GCSE grade 6 or above in English language and English literature.


The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher,Ms J Foster, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact them at ecsgeneral@enfieldcs.enfield.sch.uk or telephone 0208 3633030.

KS5 English Literature A Level

(Click here for Specification for AQA English literature A level)

Course Length:  A level 2 years

Student Course Criteria

It is appropriate for those students who wish to broaden their minds, enjoy reading and wish to pursue their own interests in literature.   Students who wish to develop their ability to assess texts, analyse prose and poetry as well as productions of plays and to communicate their ideas and opinions effectively in writing will benefit from the course.

The course is structured into two separate papers on two different themes- Love Through the Ages and WWI and Its Aftermath. Pupils will read a wide range of texts across the three key genres of poetry, prose and drama and have an opportunity to work independently on a coursework task.

The course is structured and assessed as follows:

Assessment Objectives

All Assessment Objectives are assessed in all questions. 
AO1 has a weighting of 28% in every question.
AO2 and AO3 have a weighting of 24% in every question.
AO4 and AO5 have a weighting of 12% in every question.

 

 

Paper 1: Love through the Ages (40% of A Level)
3 hours – 3 questions each 25 marks = 75 marks in total

Section A: Shakespeare (Closed Book) 25 marks

Answer one question about a Shakespeare play.
Extract provided. Answer based on extract and whole play.

Measure for Measure

Section B: Unseen Poetry 25 marks

Answer one question comparing two unseen poems.

Section C: Comparing two studied texts (Open Book) 25 marks

Answer one question comparing two studied texts: one poetry and one prose.
One text must be pre-1900.

Pre-1900

Post-1900

AQA Anthology of Love Poetry through the Ages: Pre-1900

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

 

Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts. Option 2A: WWI and its aftermath (40% of A Level)

2 hours 30 minutes – 3 questions each 25 marks = 75 marks in total
One prose text, one poetry text and one drama text must be studied. One of these must be post-2000.

Section A: Set Text Analysis (Open Book) 25 marks

Choose one text from a list of core texts to study in preparation for close analysis.

Poetry

Ed. Brian Gardner: Up the Line to Death

 

Section B: Drama and Prose Contextual Linking
Section B Part 1: Extract 25 marks

Respond to a question based on an unseen extract.

Section B Part 2: Comparison of two studied texts (Open Book) 25 marks

Prose

Drama

‘Birdsong’ by Sebastian Faulks

David Haig: My Boy Jack (post-2000)

 

Independent Critical Study: Texts Across Time (20% of A Level)
2500 words – 50 marks

Students write a comparative critical study of two texts on a theme of their choice.
One text must have been written pre-1900. Two different authors must be studied. Set texts listed for A-level exam components cannot be used, even if they will not be used in the exam.

Recommended texts and prohibited texts are listed in the Specification.

 

Further Opportunities Following this Course

English Literature is a popular qualification for a wide range of courses in higher education or for further study; it is directly valuable in areas such as education, publishing, journalism, media and all professional careers requiring sound communication skills.

Securing a Place at Post-16

Those students who have studied GCSE English literature will find that the skills they have learned will prove a valuable foundation for further studies at this level.  We require GCSE Grade 6 or above in English language or English literature. 


The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms J Foster, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact them at ecsgeneral@enfieldcs.enfield.sch.uk or telephone 0208 3633030.

KS5 Creative Writing Diploma

GCE Creative Writing - Apprentice of Fine Arts (AFA)

The Writers' Examination Board (WEB) - Syllabus Code:  CW19

Please note that this is no longer an A Level qualification but a new diploma which is being developed by a group of schools co-ordinated by Bristol Grammar School.

Student Course Criteria

The course is suitable for those students who wish to develop their writing.  There will be the opportunity to produce work across different genres, experimenting with a range of different styles and approaches.  Students will need to be prepared to work co-operatively with others through workshops to offer and receive feedback.

Course Overview

Students will be required to read a wide range of texts, as potential models for their own writing, as well as texts about the craft of the writer as the course is based on the model of the writer as a reader.  They will engage with the craft of writing to create their own texts.

Course Assessment

The course is assessed through examinations and coursework.

Further Opportunities Following this Course

Creative Writing is a very popular option for courses in higher education or for further study; it is directly valuable in areas which require sound communication skills and an expert knowledge of different audiences such as publishing, journalism, media and education.

Securing a Place at Post-16

Those students who have studied GCSE English language and literature will find that the skills they have learned will prove a valuable foundation for further studies at this level.  

Access to the course is open – the desire and willingness to engage with it are the only qualifications required.

 


The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms J Foster, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at ecsgeneral@enfieldcs.enfield.sch.uk or telephone 0208 3633030.

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