English

Head of department: Miss K Charlton

Overview

English at Jubilee High is lively and exciting subject, taught by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic teachers who are committed to delivering excellent and engaging lessons.  In addition to learning and developing strong skills in reading and writing, our students are encouraged to explore and discuss a range of issues and ideas as we prepare them for life outside the classroom. Our students benefit from a modern suite of classrooms, each featuring an interactive whiteboard, and a dedicated ICT room and library.


Year 7

Year 7 students will explore and enjoy a range of exciting topics, including a whole play by Shakespeare, ‘The Graveyard Book’ by Neil Gaiman and media. Over the course of the year, they will continue to develop their skills in reading, writing and oral communication as they make the transition from primary to secondary school and we begin to prepare them for the demands of GCSE.  

Year 8

Students in year 8 will read Andy Mulligan’s novel ‘Trash’, the play ‘Noughts and Crosses’ and a selection of poetry. In addition to working with this challenging but engaging literature, they will explore a range of writing styles and create a writing portfolio to showcase their abilities as they prepare for the transition from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4.  


Year 9

In Year 9, our students study a selection of texts from the English Literary Heritage and seminal world literature as we prepare them for the challenges of GCSE. Novels studied may include George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’, Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck. In addition to this, they will read and explore ‘The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare as well as an anthology of poetry based on the themes of love and relationships.  


Year 10 & 11

Students in Years 10 and 11 will follow AQA’s new English Language and English Literature specifications which will be examined for the first time in 2017.

To prepare for the English Language examinations, students will be taught to respond to extracts from a range of high quality pieces of fiction and non-fiction. They will develop their written communication skills, something that will help them as they prepare for all of their written exams, and will also complete assessments in spoken language.

The new English Literature examination requires students to read and respond to different types of literature from different time periods. Texts studied may include ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare, ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley and ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro.


Homework

Homework in English is designed to extend and develop the learning in the classroom. The tasks set will be suited to a range of learning styles to ensure that all students are given the opportunity to capitalise on their individual skills and abilities. Examples may include creating an informative film or an artistic representation of a poem.


Enrichment

The English department have a range of exciting enrichment activities planned for this year, including a Carnegie Award book club, a performance of ‘Macbeth’ and the development of a school newspaper. In addition to this, a group of students from St. George’s College in Weybridge visits Jubilee High School to work with our more able readers in Year 7. To support learning, we encourage all students to read for pleasure as a means of developing and enhancing literacy in all areas.


Additional information

English plays an essential role in ensuring that our students leave Jubilee High School with the widest range of opportunities available to them.

Below is a list of websites that may be useful in supporting the learning that takes place in school:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/english/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english/

http://www.literacyshed.com/