English


English

Louth Academy English Department believes in the power of English language. Its powers to liberate, connect, ennoble, empower and engage. We know that people in life who understand the way that language works; who can articulate their understanding and who can move others with the effects of their own writing, are the people who will change the world; live enriched lives and flourish on whatever path they choose to take beyond the school gate.

By engendering an appreciation of the written word through a study of literature we aim to show students that they can craft their own writing to affect the people who read their work. The maxim ‘read like a writer; write like a reader' is at the heart of the way students are taught. By studying good examples of writing, students are encouraged to make conscious decisions about the words they choose, the grammatical structures they employ, the tone, form and register of their own work.

The department believes everyone is able to appreciate the beauty and intensity of the canon of English literature. We aim to provide all students with a stimulating curriculum and working environment which allows each of them to voice opinions which they know are valued; explore issues and themes of a challenging nature and ultimately achieve the very best examination results of which they are capable: for this is how the world will judge their achievements.

Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own progress through the support and guidance of their teachers.

Please explore these pages to find out more about what we offer.


Ethos & Values

Our aims are:

  • To deliver an English curriculum of the highest standard. A curriculum designed to lead students through many different genres, both as readers and as writers. A curriculum which builds on skills year by year, encouraging thought and creativity and developing skills of analysis and criticism.

  • To put English skills at the heart of the school's curriculum. To encourage students to maximise their full potential in the three areas of language development: reading, writing, and speaking and listening and understand how these are relevant to all aspects of the curriculum and life beyond the school.

  • To ensure that learners build confidence, feel valued, motivated and informed about their own progress and are proactively involved in reviewing and evaluating their individual achievements.
  • To have consistently high expectations and match these with high quality resources and learning strategies.

  • To provide a range of learning experiences appropriate to the age, ability and needs of the students. Students are encouraged to actively participate in lessons, developing the ability to communicate effectively, accurately and with confidence, both orally and in writing, in a variety of styles and situations.

  • To support the English Curriculum and every student's progress through the development of independent learning at home.

Knowledge & Skills

  • All students are encouraged to develop their speaking, reading and writing skills, through their study of interesting and challenging texts, both fictional and non-fictional.

  • Students are encouraged and helped to broaden their vocabulary and understanding of the way language works.

  • Students are taught about explicit and implicit meanings and are taught the skills necessary for identifying and evaluating texts.

  • Students are taught to craft their writing for maximum effect.

  • All students learn how to structure their ideas for maximum effect.

  • Students develop their ability to read for different purposes - for information, research and personal enrichment.

  • Students develop their written communication and are taught to vary their style when writing for a variety of different audiences, in a variety of forms for a range of reasons. The need for accuracy in spelling, punctuation, grammar and paragraphing is emphasised and the opportunity for honing these skills is supported by the department's schemes of work and personalised feedback.

Resources & Facilities

  • Most lessons are taught in specialist rooms, most of which are equipped with an interactive whiteboard.

  • Contemporary and classic literature is used to support lessons. The English Department has access to an extensive range of literary resources across all Key Stages.

  • The Department has a wide range of original resources, developed by experienced teachers, which have been developed especially for our curriculum.

  • The Department is able to use the resources of Digital Theatre to bring an archive of live performances to the classroom.

Courses & Qualifications

Key Stage 3

We believe Year Seven should be exciting and challenging, and show children how the skills and knowledge they have learned at Primary school have prepared them for more sophisticated texts and ideas.

We also recognise that many students will not have grasped all of the word and sentence level work they have covered in KS2 and even KS1 – it is essential we revise skills and build upon knowledge and at no point blame students for not understanding or recognising a so-called 'basic' concept. We are enablers and it is our belief that each student is approached in an individual manner and that the fundamentals of literacy, far from being 'basic skills' can actually be quite complicated, tiresome and illogical. Students need to know that practising skills and revisiting concepts is positive and helpful.

Year 7

Over the course of Year Seven, students will read a range of exciting and challenging texts and extracts of texts as they explore different areas of English language and Literature study.

In Year Seven Language lessons students begin with an exploration of autobiographical techniques in the 'Life Writing' module. They also examine the way they are manipulated by advertising and the media before moving on to study the legends and myths which have helped to shape the canon of English literature. A module about Quest stories helps to develop creative writing as well as helping to make sense of their own life stories. The summer term asks them to look at the emotional aspect of letter writing as well as the functional skills required to set one out properly as we explore 'Letters of Note' before ending the year with a study of the language of newspapers.

Literature lessons allow students to enjoy a class novel – an adventure story, a range of classic poetry, a range of myths and a dramatic version of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' as a gentle introduction to the Gothic genre and science fiction.

Year 8

In Language lessons students begin the year with the module 'Out and About' examining descriptive techniques in classic modern literature and non-fiction texts. We move on to examine the science fiction genre and how it has been used to explore possibilities and imagine developments. We move on to a media module, and learn how to write articles and express opinion in an engaging, persuasive way. The next module focuses on the story of a refugee and her biographical writing. In the summer term we switch our attentions to Victorian literature written for children and the Romantic period in our 'Revolution' period as we examine historical ideas through literature. This starts the process of students thinking about the social and historical context of texts and how that affects our understanding of them.

In Literature lessons students read two whole class novels: one focuses on how relationships between characters unfold and one is a 'Who Dunnit?' to introduce children to the genre. They will also study key scenes from some of Shakespeare's plays and examine a number of pre-twentieth century poems written by people who were often marginalised by society: women, enslaved people and the poor.

Key Stage 4

Our priority at Louth Academy is to deliver an exciting and enriching KS4 which uses the GCSE courses to underpin an inspiring, life-enhancing, serious study of literature and language. We teach students to express themselves fully, powerfully and individually using the spoken and written word. We believe that English Literature is a necessary part of a meaningful existence, separate from GCSE examinations. We know it is vital that we encourage wider reading, beyond the remit of the GCSE specification.

Year 9

Year Nine is our transition year, preparing students for starting their GCSE course material. Our aim is that all of our students achieve the very best GCSE grades they are capable of achieving at the end of KS4. We know that the way to do this is by developing a genuine interest in, and engagement with the language of non-fiction texts and works of Literature, and not to foccus on the individual style of questions that the GCSE examinations will ask at the end of Year Eleven.

In their Language lessons Year Nine will study the short story genre in the first module, 'The Art of Story-telling' as well as how autobiography can be used as the basis of creative writing in the module, 'Shaping Moments'. The modules, 'What it is to be Human' and 'Points of View' allow for the study of themes such as Justice, Truth and Equality as well as writing to argue, persuade and give opinions. Skills and ideas which will be invaluable in life, and in their GCSE examinations. In the summer term, 'The Art of Articles' returns to opinion-based reportage and the way professional journalists shape their work to engage and persuade their readers. We end the year with the study of a novel which students will not be studying at GCSE but will be looking at it in ways which fore-shadow their GCSE study.

In Literature lessons Year Nine begin the year by examining a range of poetry, building on their knowledge of how poetry works and why it is written and learning to annotate and analyse in more detail. We move on to study the poetry from the Power and Conflict section of the AQA GCSE Anthology. The year ends with the study of J.B. Priestley's 'An Inspector Calls'.

Year 10 and 11

All students undertake the study of two separate GCSE courses for English. They continue to be taught by two specialist staff: one for English Language and one for English Literature. The focus of lessons is preparation for the examinations at the end of the course, but ideas and skills are delivered in an engaging way as we examine Perspective and Viewpoint through modules such as 'Changing Perspectives', 'Points of View', 'Literary Fiction' and 'Travel Writing'.

In Literature lessons students will study Shakespeare's 'Macbeth and Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' in Year Ten and in Year Eleven examine the themes of 'An Inspector Calls' as well as reacquainting themselves with the Power and Conflict poetry by making thematic links and learning to make comparisons.

Courses

AQA English Language: this GCSE consists of two examinations, each being 1 hour and 45 minutes long. Across the two equally weighted papers, students will answer reading assessment questions on texts from the 19th, 20th and 21 centuries, followed by answering one writing task on each paper.

AQA English Literature: Paper 1 assesses understanding of a Shakespeare text and a text from the 19th century, chosen from a list prescribed by AQA. At 1 hour and 45 minutes long, it is worth 40% of the final grade. Paper 2 is 2 hours and 15 minutes and consists of four questions based on a modern text, an anthology of poetry and an unseen poem.


Learning Outside The Classroom

Touring theatre companies are used to enhance students' dramatic experiences and ensure that all students are able to see at least one live performance of a play during their time at the school.


Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

As English underpins all other subjects in the curriculum, it plays a major role in preparing students for further study, working life and being a content human being who is able to contribute to society.

Focussing on the skills of analysis and evaluation, as well as developing the ability to empathise with others and imagine viewpoints and perspectives different to our own, means that English study and qualifications prepare individuals for participation and success in every area of work; for life-long learning and for having a sense of one's own unfolding story.

An English Language qualification at a pass grade or above is a pre-requisite for entry on to many courses at college or university. However, it is important we value all grades achieved as they all show a level of ability.

An English Literature qualification is an excellent way of showing the analytical and evaluative skills many employers and colleges are looking for.


Further Information

KS3 Websites to enhance English studies

GCSE English Language Revision Websites:

  • www.bbc.com/bitesize - This website has a variety of activities to support the study of the AQA English Language GCSE course. You can explore model responses, support with sentence starters, success criteria for each question and much more. Paper 1 & Paper 2.
  • www.youtube.com – 'Mr Bruff' Language tutorial videos range from Level 4 support if you are struggling with the basics and offers a range of high-ability videos if you are reaching for the stars and pushing yourself.
  • lifemoreextraordinary.com/revision/revise-english-language-gcse-aqa/ - An engaging video tutorial of Language support exploring the top tips and must have exam skills.
  • www.englishbiz.co.uk - An engaging website that offers a wide range of GCSE English Language skills and resources to practice at home.

GCSE English Literature Revision Websites:

  • www.bbc.com/bitesize/ - This website has a variety of activities to support the study of all the Literature texts students are studying at GCSE. Make sure you know your Marley from your Scrooge!
  • www.revisionword.com – This website has a variety of activities to support the study of all the Literature texts students are studying at GCSE. Make sure you know your Macbeth from your MacDuff!
  • www.studywise.co.uk – Various links to revision sites and tuition videos.
  • www.quizlet.com – Variety of flashcard activities focusing on Literature texts e.g. Characters, key quotations, themes etc.
  • www.youtube.com – 'Mr Bruff' Literature tutorial videos range from Level 4 support if you are struggling with the basics and offers a range of high-ability videos if you are reaching for the stars and pushing yourself.
  • www.sparknotes.com/nofear/shakespeare/macbeth/ - Spark Notes provides a modern day 'translation' of Macbeth which facilitates your understanding of the play as a whole, including support notes and annotations to further develop your critical analysis of the text. Have No Fear!

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Louth Academy
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Martin Brown
BA (Hons).

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