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12/04/19

Retweeted From de Stafford DofE

Well done to ⁦⁩ students at the DofE training day today, lots achieved learning campcraft in preparation for the expeditions! 👨🏼‍🍳⛺️ https://t.co/jaCyTYLTob

09/04/19

Retweeted From de Stafford DofE

Following the success of the practice day walk at Newlands Corner we are looking forward to seeing ⁦⁩ students develop their campcraft skills at the training day this Friday 12th April (9:00-12:00)! Please check SMHW for details ⛺️ 👨🏼‍🍳 https://t.co/QyHGsWEwDz

07/04/19

The Naples trip has just landed, however we will need to collect our baggage as it was put in hold! ✈️🧳

07/04/19

Boarding and all on time at this point! A fantastic few days in Naples, Sorrento and Capri and the students have been absolutely amazing throughout! ✈️ https://t.co/PHwyhFhcoq

07/04/19

Taking in the views on our last morning in Sorrento! ☀️🌋 📸 https://t.co/1vhaB5BX90

06/04/19

A lovely afternoon learning what you can do with a lemon! Thank you I Giardini di Cataldo for allowing us to taste some amazing drinks, cakes and jams 😋 https://t.co/fnPBiSRyzH

06/04/19

Team photo before exploring Capri! https://t.co/BNnttW2M8c

06/04/19

Setting off on a boat trip around Capri to see the coastal geography! 🛥☀️ https://t.co/AHpQm0IYqZ

05/04/19

Mr Starke doing his thing at the top of Vesuvius 🌋 https://t.co/1GfgEF6qi9

05/04/19

A reminder to parents/carers that the school will close at 1:40pm today and students return on Tuesday 23 April (week 2 timetable). Read all about this half term in our latest newsletter here: https://t.co/dfq5fAfUdO. We would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter! https://t.co/SD03Ftnppy

05/04/19

The sun is out as we start the climb up Vesuvius 🌋 https://t.co/q6tBbOcAaV

04/04/19

A fantastic first day on the Naples trip, an underground tour and an insight into Roman life in Herculaneum where the eruption preserved the town 🌋 https://t.co/8pQK3kVhsd

04/04/19

The sun is starting to come out as the students take a tour of Herculaneum where just 1/5 of the city has been excavated https://t.co/APVGlk8E2a

04/04/19

Congratulations to Odin Jeffrey-Dyer, Lucy Vella and Katie Conway, our award winners in the Prix de la Paix essay writing competition. They can be seen here receiving their prizes from Rotary Club members Geraint Jenkins and Dr. David Beckitt. https://t.co/llPLCkOrzV

04/04/19

We are on our way! ✈️ A slight delay but all in good spirits and ready to go! https://t.co/BkKcZG2Gm2

03/04/19

Retweeted From Dayspace

Another fab assembly school. Thanks to yr 9/10 for listening & helping us to create a more inclusive community. Remember "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept and celebrate those differences" https://t.co/oBFIEaeTke

03/04/19

Year 11: Don't forget to book your ticket to the Prom! Payment can be made online or via the Finance Office https://t.co/V8EXzXEuxX https://t.co/724SUllsGa

02/04/19

Well done to the Year 7 students who attended the Science Fair yesterday. You were excellent ambassadors for and presented some brilliant projects. https://t.co/YmfL3vFRa2

Head of Department: Jess 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.