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19/06/18

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The Y8 District Athletics is underway with an excellent start in the Hurdles from Maddi & Lily! 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️ ⁦https://t.co/urXd6V2JcB

19/06/18

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An excellent effort in the 1500m & 2x PBs for Katie & Megan who came 4th & 6th! 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️ ⁦https://t.co/z3jrRMH660

19/06/18

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Huge congratulations to Max & Ammon who came 3rd & 4th in the 100m final at the Y8 District Athletics!👏🏼🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️ ⁦https://t.co/GWhT0cEirx

19/06/18

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The Y8 boys are flying in the 100m!! 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️ Awaiting the results for the finals, well done to Ammon and Max! ⁦https://t.co/HEgRtHJ35j

19/06/18

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A fantastic effort from the Y8 District Athletics team! Well done to all who represented ⁦⁩ this afternoon & thank you to ⁦⁦⁩ for hosting! Girls 8th & Boys 10th! 🎽🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/pWS5ZbH2Lj

18/06/18

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Alive N Kicking is on tonight 4:15-5:15pm! Come along, bring the family and learn about healthy eating & nutrition, food prep, food labels and try some fun activities!

15/06/18

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⁩ Y7s experiencing a new sport this morning with their first bowls session from Caterham Bowls Club! https://t.co/5lGiiY0vtc

13/06/18

Hello. Thank you for getting in touch. We would expect the assemblies to finish by 9:45am at the latest.

13/06/18

Parents/Carers we warmly invite you to join us for your son/daughters end of term Celebration Assembly. Please follow this link for details:- https://t.co/BHssH5anuB

12/06/18

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Y10 Yoga ⁦ 🧘🏻‍♀️🧘🏽‍♂️ https://t.co/6zGfchph2w

11/06/18

Congratulations to our Year 7 student Angelica Peinke who has read over 3 million words in the Accelerated Reader programme and is fast approaching the 4 million mark! This is an amazing achievement. -millionaire https://t.co/m1A885O45H

06/06/18

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Alfie doing well in the Y7 high jump! ✂️ https://t.co/ktZqdHKd2T

06/06/18

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Some big throws being recorded in the boys Y7 shot put at District Sports! 💪🏼 https://t.co/mPo81C0BBy

06/06/18

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Tough weather conditions for the girls 800m at District Athletics! 😅☀️ Go ! https://t.co/79tmpnr083

06/06/18

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Fun in the sun at the Y7 District Athletics! Thank you for hosting! 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♂️ well done to all students who took part! 👏🏻 https://t.co/bnNIMzrxU0

06/06/18

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Awaiting the results from the 100m heats at the Y7 District Athletics! 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♂️ https://t.co/stcvzxeP0j

05/06/18

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A fantastic effort from the Rounders team today at the Y8 District Rounders Tournament! Thank you for hosting! ⚾️🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/7PRDGpJZVc

05/06/18

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Behind the hoarding at our new reception has a fantastic new tiled floor. https://t.co/g4kDEelIPE

05/06/18

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Y8 students learning about a healthy active lifestyle and nutrition in assembly this morning with For more information go to https://t.co/5ACKpXmTMq 🤸🏼‍♀️⛹🏻‍♀️🏋🏼‍♀️🤾🏾‍♀️🏌️‍♀️🤺🏊‍♂️🚴🏻‍♂️ https://t.co/W4zvTUIMMP

05/06/18

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A fantastic bowls session today from Caterham Bowls Club! students will be learning new skills from some very experienced volunteers over the next 6 weeks! Give bowls a try - https://t.co/FHGyhKOWd6 and turn up on a Saturday at CBC 10-11am! https://t.co/jbip2dqOyX

Head of Department: Miss J Smith.
email: jessica.smith@destafford.org.uk

At de Stafford, the English team seeks to inspire a love of language and literature, and to provide all pupils with the skills necessary to communicate effectively, thus enabling them to reach their true potential.

Key Stage 3 English

Students study English for 4 hours per week in Years 7 and 8. Years 7 and 8 spend one of their lessons undertaking Accelerated Reader. Moreover, the literacy skills taught during English lessons underpin learning across the curriculum. The students study the following topics:

  • A modern novel
  • A heritage novel
  • Seminal world literature
  • Short stories
  • A range of poetry, both contemporary and heritage
  • Two Shakespeare plays
  • Creative writing
  • Media and non-fiction
  • Speaking and listening

Each topic is designed to be enjoyable and engaging at the same time as maintaining academic rigour. The Key Stage 3 course dovetails slickly with the GCSE syllabi in Literature and Language through the use of common assessment focuses. 
Students are expected to complete at least one piece of homework each week. Part of this requirement will be fulfilled through the revision of spelling lists. 
Extra-curricular opportunities are various: the team regularly runs competitions in creative writing and poetry; there is an annual Carnegie Prize shadowing club; where possible, students are invited to attend theatre productions that are relevant to class set texts.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

During the first half term, students undertake a creative writing project. This is called “Spirit of Adventure” and students use their imagination to construct descriptions. The next unit requires students to analyse contemporary relationship poetry. Following this, students read “Lord of the Flies” and complete an essay. Non-fiction is the theme for the Year 7 exam and this is taught after Easter. The works of Shakespeare are introduced with either “Merchant of Venice,” “Macbeth” or “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Year 8

To begin the year, students are re-introduced to non-fiction reading and writing. We undertake an introduction to the world of Media Studies prior to the students choosing their option subjects for GCSE. Media Studies and English have some important links, particularly in the areas of textual analysis and characters and themes. Year 8s are required to read and analyse poetry from different cultures in the spring term. The term is completed with a reading of the short stories of Roald Dahl, including “The Landlady” and “Lamb to the Slaughter”. Of course, spelling, punctuation and grammar are a focus throughout. The plight of the Jews is a focus in the reading of the play, “Kindertransport” after Easter. Here students learn to embed a consideration of context into their analysis of a text. “Of Mice and Men”- written by Nobel Prize winner, John Steinbeck - is an example of the seminal world literature that de Stafford students encounter.

 

Key Stage 4 English

English Literature and Language are studied by all students in Years 10 and 11 at de Stafford. Under the new GCSE grading system, a level 5 or above would indicate to most employers and further education institutions that the student has a level of literacy that is sufficient to enable them to progress to further study or work.

In Years 10 and 11, students study English for four hours per week. The Literature qualification for teaching from 2015 requires students to study texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Year 9

The exciting world of Gothic literature is introduced at the beginning of the year. The pre-1914 element for Year 9 is the study of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens which is the first set text for the GCSE. They will then encounter pre-1914 texts through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales of Sherlock Holmes. They are required to engage with voice, characters, structure, language and themes here. Following this, a “Romeo and Juliet” brief unit introduces the students to their second GCSE text. The reading and writing of fiction are taught after Easter. Finally, students engage with poetry from World War One which prepares them for analysing unseen poetry and the context for the anthology poems later on.

Year 10

We begin the GCSE course with a more comprehensive study of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. Students are taught the assessment objectives for their course and they are assessed throughout with these in mind. During the first term, students will be given an anthology of poetry which contains contemporary works and poetry from the British literary heritage. These, along with “An Inspector Calls”, are studied for the Literature GCSE. Our fourth half term is used to practise the analysis of non-fiction from 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. We finish the year with an analysis of unseen poetry and the reading of extracts from fiction since 19th century. Throughout the year, students continually practise writing fiction and non-fiction. Literacy is an important focus in English lessons.

Year 11

Year 11 in English is a consolidation year. We return to the set texts, re-reading and enhancing analysis skills for GCSE English Literature. Year 11s will begin their final year with practising the reading and writing skills that they will need to have mastered for their GCSE Language exams. They will delve deeper into “An Inspector Calls during this term. Repetition of reading and analysis enables the students to commit to memory the necessary information: this is extremely important with closed book exams. The students are taught to consider thematic and technical links between the anthology poems. We return to “A Christmas Carol,” which they read first in Year 9, just before the winter break. In the spring, students re-visit “Romeo and Juliet” and the English Language non-fiction paper. In the final term, students sit their GCSE exams.

 

The Literature and Language courses are assessed through a total of four terminal examinations and a separate oral assessment. The requirements for the new GCSE curriculum in English Literature and Language are met through studying the following topics:

  • A Shakespeare play
  • A modern play
  • A range of poetry which includes Romantic works
  • A novel from the English literary heritage
  • Spoken language
  • Non-fiction reading and writing
  • Fiction reading and writing

We currently follow the AQA syllabi.

Extended learning, which is completed outside of the classroom, is an important part of this GCSE course.

There are many extra-curricular activities which support students’ learning in this subject. Examples of these are the excursion to the World War I battlefields, the Carnegie shadowing club, Book Buddies and the Young Shakespeare production.

Studying GCSE English Literature and Language leads directly to A Levels in these subjects. It also prepares students to undertake further study in any subject which requires extensive written communication.