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Lipson Cooperative Academy has a lively and interactive English Faculty with classrooms based around a central Open Learning Area. This space is used for intervention and small group work to support the students in their learning. In addition to portable IT such as Chrome books and Net books, the Faculty has two very well equipped IT rooms with capacity for 60 students in each.
The Faculty regularly promotes extracurricular activities such as theatre trips, Poetry Live performances and Debating events.
Key Stage 3
Students in Year 7 and 8 study a varied and engaging range of topics in English. As a Department we are committed to building on the skills students have developed in KS2, and developing them in KS3 to fully prepare them for success at KS4. This is so that our students will be particularly well prepared for the changes to the English exams from 2017 onwards.
Students begin Y7 English with a module called 'They've Got Talent' that consolidates and builds on the skills they learned in Year 6. Students watch clips from talent shows together, and work to improve their vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, grammar and figurative skills as they produce reviews of the acts they see. This module also offers the ideal conditions for your child to settle into a new environment and form positive bonds with peers through shared interests and opinions.
To develop English Language skills across years 7 and 8, students will learn to write for a wide range of purposes and audiences, as well as develop technical accuracy and fluency in their written work. Students will also read a variety of fiction and non-fiction and develop their comprehension and inference skills. To extend skills in English Literature, students will read and analyse a range of texts including two novels - suited to the ability and interests of the class they are in - poetry from cultures around the world, a modern play and two Shakespeare plays.
All of our Key Stage Three modules are linked to GCSE in terms of the skills students develop, so students are very effectively prepared to feel comfortable to step up to GCSE level study in Y9.
Key Stage 4
KS4 Exam Board
Students move on to KS4 in Year 9 and begin to work towards their GCSEs in English Language and English Literature. Year 9 is a challenging year where a student’s skills from KS3 English are developed creatively and rigorously in order to prepare for new style GCSEs from 2017. Students are studying a range of Victorian writers, a modern novel and a Shakespeare play in order to develop their skills of evaluation and analysis. Students are also reading and comparing a range of non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. They will also work on their writing skills and need to be able to write for a variety of different purposes with correct spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Our current Year 10 and Year 11 students are now studying the content for GCSEs in AQA Language (8700) and AQA Literature (8702). These are two year linear courses that are solely examination based. Students will be focusing on the study of modern play scripts (JB Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ and Stephens’ ‘A Curious Incident about the dog in the Night time’), 19th century fiction and a Shakespeare play. This is enhanced with a study of creative writing based on images and writing for a range of purposes and audiences.
Spoken Language Study
GCSE English Language has an endorsed component covering Spoken Language. This endorsement will be reported as a separate grade (Pass, Merit, Distinction or Not Classified) and will not contribute to the result of the GCSE English Language qualification. All students are required to complete a speech on a challenging subject and respond to relevant questions appropriately. Our students have completed their speeches on a diverse set of subjects including ‘Does Photoshop manipulate us’ and ‘What informs modern feminism?’
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Which books support the learning?
William Shakespeare 'Romeo and Juliet'
William Shakespeare 'Macbeth'
Charles Dickens 'Great Expectations'
A selection of Romantic, Victorian and Modern poetry.
Key Stage 5
KS5 Exam Board
At KS5 we currently offer students the opportunity to study A Level English Literature. This is a two year linear course with pupils sitting two exams at the end of their two year study alongside a Non- Examined Assessment (NEA) which comprises 20% of their final grade and is based on a critical essay. Pupils will study prose, poetry and drama throughout their study.
The first unit is based on ‘Love Through the Ages,’ and pupils will study:
- A selection of pre-1900 poetry from an anthology
- ‘Atonement’ by Ian McEwan or 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare
The second unit is based on ‘Modern Times: 1945 onwards and pupils will study:
- ‘The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood or 'The Help' by Kathryn Stockett
- ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee Williams
- ‘Feminine Gospels’ by Carol Ann Duffy