The English Department – What is our Vision?

The Castle Hall Academy English department is committed in ensuring all pupils make greater than expected progress across all Key Stages in the subject of English. We uphold and display the values of the Academy and encourage the pupils to be SELF-CONFIDENT at every possible opportunity within our subject area.
Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening – We believe in providing pupils with an engaging, varied and enriching curriculum. Reading and Writing are given precedence over Speaking and Listening to reflect the changes at GCSE. However, we use many forms of speaking and listening to enhance the learning taking place in every lesson. Writing is worth 50% of the GCSE Language exams and as such we have now introduced two formal opportunities every term for every student to complete writing for different purpose at the highest level they are able to. We also run writing competitions every half term that are linked to National competitions our students can enter.
Facilitating pupil confidence – The use of data and self-evaluation throughout the lesson planning process enables us to implement outstanding levels of differentiation. Higher order questioning will be facilitated through the use of BLOOMS taxonomy. We pledge that this will cultivate a learning environment where ALL pupils become confident in their own ability and creativity, feeling motivated to achieve above and beyond their target level. We also like to engage our pupils in student voice activities and actively seek their opinions on learning, and make changes, as necessary.

Our Long Term Plan (below) is designed to allow the study of a key Literature text or set of texts to facilitate the study of Language. This multi-strand approach allows the students to realize the cross-over skills of the two GCSEs they will study and be able to use those skills to the best of their ability.

In Language GCSE Revision for Paper 1 & Paper 2 we revisit:
• Identify, Synthesis & Interpret AO1
• Explain, Comment & Analyse AO2
• Compare ideas and perspectives AO3
• Evaluate texts critically AO4
• Write for different purposes AO5/6

For the Literature GCSE we revise all the set texts they have studied over the course. We highly recommend that every student has their own copy so they can have access to the texts at all times and write their own notes in them as they study them. They are all available on ParentPay.

Term 1: Lang – Paper 1. Lit – Modern Texts.
Term 2: Lang – Paper 2. Lit – Lit – Poetry
Term 3: Lang – Mock Papers. Lit – Mock Papers

Term 1: Lang – Paper 2. Lit – Conflict Poetry Anthology
Term 2: Lang – Paper 1. Lit – Macbeth
Term 3: Lang – Paper 1 & 2 Revision. Lit – 19th Century Text

Term 1: Lang – Paper 1. Lit – 19th Century: A Christmas Carol
Term 2: Lang – Paper 1 & Paper 2. Lit – World Literature
Term 2: Lang – Revision. Lit – Character & Voice Poetry

Term 1: Lang Paper 1. Lit -Modern Text
Term 2: Lang – Paper 1 & Paper 2. Lit – Different Cultures Poetry
Term 3: Lang – Revision. Lit – Shakespeare

Intervention in English

Teaching & Learning:

All students will receive quality first wave teaching to include:
• Planning for progress
• Differentiation based on specific knowledge of classes and individual needs
• Stretch and Challenge in every lesson
• Diagnosis, Therapy & Testing using our Feedback Analysis tool and PiXL resources.
• Use of faculty feedback sheets with a focus on progress
• High quality marking completed every four weeks using the academy marking policy of WWW, EBI & MRI and the faculty policy for reflection and peer or self-assessment. In between marking will focus on literacy and grammar.

KEY STAGE 3: Y7 & 8
• Testing to take place every half term to show progress, this will then be used to differentiate the support and planning of the class teachers.
• Specific groups of students will be targeted in numerous ways focusing on Literacy skills and raising achievement.
• Monday afternoon will also be a time for targeted Y8 & Y9 Boundary Leapers Intervention to help fill gaps in learning in preparation for their GCSEs.

KEY STAGE 4 (Y9-11)
• Monday afternoon will be intervention by invitation based on their results in the exam questions for Language. This will be a mixed group of 10 – 11 and will be based on the Diagnosis, Therapy and Testing formula using PiXL assessments.
• Monday afternoon will also be a time for targeted Y8 & Y9 Boundary Leapers Intervention to help fill gaps in learning in preparation for their GCSEs.
• Every week all 10 & 11 will have an exam question to prep, complete and reflect on.
• Form/Lunchtimes will be used to target specific students.
• Conferences and AC Days will still be used to help move a larger groups forward on particular key skills based on mock results.

Parental Involvement:
Parents will be kept informed regularly by the faculty staff based on the interventions and supported to assist your child in focusing on their own progress.

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Subject Staff

Head of Faculty / Teacher of English

  • Mrs Z Inman

Teaching Staff

  • Miss L Watson

  • Mrs A Lumb

  • Mrs D Griffiths-Brown

  • Miss S Kauser

  • Mr M Ketteringham

  • Miss S Zottola