Hillside High School

Excellence in the Heart of the Community

Wade Deacon Trust

    English
    Miss N Warren 
    Subject Leader
    Email: english@hillsidehigh.co.uk
    Departmental Twitter Feed: @hhs4english

    Aims

    The main aim of the English department is to equip pupils with the skills that they will need to function as confident, compassionate and literate citizens so that they can fulfil their potential and lead happy and successful lives.

    We also aim to:

    • make the curriculum accessible for all pupils regardless of ability, gender or race through the use of a differentiated schemes of work and ensuring that lessons are enjoyable, challenging and engaging to pupils of all abilities
    • provide pupils with a range of assessment opportunities encouraging them to reflect on their learning and strive to make further progress
    • Instil a love of literature in pupils to broaden and develop their understanding of the world in which they live.
    • Have high expectations of them and make them believe they can always be their best self.

    Key Stage 3

    The Key Stage 3 curriculum aims to develop pupils' reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through content which appeals to all pupils. A variety of assessment strategies ensure that all pupils are challenged, enthused and make good progress throughout the year.

    Pupils study a range of texts including fictional writing and non-fictional writing and learn how to write for a range of purposes such as to inform, describe, persuade and entertain. They also study a range of literature including novels, poetry and plays.

    Pupils are encouraged to become avid readers through being taken to the school library on a regular basis and we inspire pupils to become independent learners and thinkers who take responsibility for their own progress. The current KS3 curriculum reflects the skills that pupils will need when they begin their GCSE course. We ensure that from year 7, pupils are exposed to the Literature texts and Language tasks they will be asked to complete in KS4.

    Key Stage 4

    At Key Stage 4 pupils will study English Language and English Literature GCSEs. These GCSEs assess pupils' reading, writing and analytical skills through various examinations.

    Pupils study a range of texts including fictional writing and non-fictional writing and learn how to write for a range of purposes such as to inform, describe, persuade and entertain. They also study a variety of literature including novels, poetry and plays in preparation for their assessments and examinations. The English department work hard to ensure that pupils enjoy coming to lessons and adopt a love of Literature and appreciate the writer’s craft.

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