We are very fortunate to have an experienced team of English specialists here at De La Salle. Our aims are to develop a lifelong love and understanding of both Language and Literature. All of our pupils take both subjects at GCSE.
Key Stage 3
Students in Year 7 and 8 follow the AR program which uses technology to track their progress in reading and encourages them to read more and more widely. There are prizes for the most words read and the most progress made!
In Years 7-9 students are taught in half-termly modules from a range of topics including a Shakespeare play, the modern novel, poetry, gothic fiction, transactional writing, pre C20th prose, modern drama, media and film and the short story.
We build in the key skills for GCSE from the beginning of Year 7 and assessments are carried out each half term. From Year 9, pupils are studying texts of a GCSE standard. They are assessed using the GCSE style of questioning and marking criteria.
What can I do to help my child be more successful?
Ensure that you child is reading everyday on top of that which they do at school during every tutor-time. This can be a mixture of fiction and non-fiction and will help to develop their skills in every area of English. Work together on research homework and check through together for basic mistakes in writing. Play word games, vocabulary games and even attempt the crossword together.
Key Stage 4
Every pupil will word towards the GCSE(9-1) in both Language and Literature. We follow the Edexcel syllabus for both. GCSE assessment consists of two written exams for Language and two for Literature. There is a separate Spoken Language Endorsement whch must also be completed and is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.
For English Language, pupils develop their skills in analysing and evaluating fiction and non-fiction texts. They also work on their written communication in preparation for a transactional piece andf a creative narrative in the exam.
For Enligsh Literature, we study a range of interesting texts including Romeo and Juliet, An Inspector Calls, A Christmas Carol and a range of modern and traditional poetry. Pupils will analyse language closely, compare texts and make links between great works of literature and the time and place in which they were written.
What can I do to help my child be successful?
Continue the good habits formed during Key Stage 3!
Watch film versions of the texts that they are studying. Ask them questions and test them on their knowledge of content, characters and quotation from the key texts. Share newspaper and magazine article with them to keep them interested and engaged in the world around them. They are going to be asked to engage in big ideas and must have the material to write about. Talk to them about why a piece of writing is successful. Encourage them to evaluate the things that they see, hear and read. They must be able to recognise the bias in what is being presented to them in order to make them successful readers and writers.