The English Department at Noadswood prides itself on enthusing students with a love of the English language and Literature. Students are given the opportunity to engage with a range of texts from different cultures and historical periods.
During their time at Noadswood, students will develop the skills needed to communicate effectively through the use of spoken and written language and understand and respond to a variety of texts. There is a strong focus on the key skills of reading, writing and speaking and listening. We aim to improve students’ technical accuracy in written work, raise their critical understanding by developing their thinking and analytical skills, increase their cultural awareness through the exploration of a wide range of reading material and encourage their creativity through drama, independent reading and imaginative writing.
We believe that the study of this subject at Noadswood should not only prepare students for further study and the world of work, but also instill a genuine appreciation and enjoyment of English that stays with them for life.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, students are introduced to a range of engaging and diverse topics designed to develop reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Students will study poetry, works of contemporary fiction, non-fiction and media, scripts and literature from other times. We believe that the skills students develop in our subject will benefit them not only in English, but across the curriculum.
Key Stage 4
During Key Stage 4, students will study AQA GCSE English Language and AQA GCSE English Literature. The Literature course focuses on a 19th Century novel, a collection of 15 poems, a modern text and a Shakespeare play. The English Language course requires students to study a range of non-fiction and fiction extracts. These studies assess both the reading and writing of these text types. Work is assessed through a combination of exam style questions in class and in examination conditions throughout the key stage. These lead up to the final examinations in the Summer of Year 11. We offer students a range of support programs and revision sessions to ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We are proud of our recent GCSE results and believe these to be the result of the hard work and dedication of students and teachers alike.
Noadswood Read Aloud
Back in the 1980s and 90s (long, long ago!) young people wouldn’t rush home on their phones keen to spend more time on their phones! And some of us would be keen to sit down to watch a programme called Jackanory, where celebs of the day would read aloud the best in children’s fiction, transporting us to magical worlds, diverse and captivating. As we lost ourselves in the story, we’d be developing our vocabulary, our ability to shuffle language around to have the impact we wanted and our imaginations. We’d also relax in to these other worlds, and dial down our daily stresses as a result. At Noadswood, we’d love something of that experience for our young people at our school and at our local primary schools - what could be more important, now more than ever, than stories, read aloud that we can enjoy together? Use the link below to visit our dedicated page (click link)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is it that is so amazing about English?
English is the keystone of the educational system. It underpins the curriculum.
What do the English department pride themselves on?
- We give pupils an opportunity to engage with a diverse range of texts
- We encourage empathetic understanding
- We help pupils to make sense of the word and the world
Pupils enjoy expressing their opinions, they love good narratives which engage and challenge and they like writing in different forms
What support do you offer
- After- school revision
- Enrichment activities such as Blog Club and Creative writing
- Poetry Slam
- Visiting theatre companies
- Theatre trips
How rich is the curriculum?
We are incredibly proud of our rich and diverse curriculum. We are passionate about opening young minds to the merits of Shakespeare. We inspire them to find meaning in Poetry and we encourage them to question the worlds they are presented through modern texts. We study texts from all around the world and from different points in time.
What courses do you offer?
We offer two courses: English Language and English Literature. Both are compulsory.
What do students achieve?
We are really proud that 80% of students Grade 9-4 and 20% get grade 9-7
What does English look like in Year 7?
At Key Stage 3 our curriculum focus is an introduction to all the key focus areas for future success. We build a spiral curriculum from Year 7-11 fostering a passion for Literature and a love of language.
When does GCSE begin
We begin our pre-GCSE content in Year 9.
Do we study Shakespeare in Year 7?!
Yes – to demystify the Bard and continue the great work our Primary partners do in Key Stage 2 with Shakespeare’s great works.
Why is English important?
We offer a gateway to understanding the world – the key to everything is Literacy. To read, interpret, analyse and explore the world around you and the world presented to you. We wish to teach how our tools create enquiring, questioning minds of the future.
Will my child enjoy English?
You’ll love English at Noadswood if you like to have our say, explore new worlds real and imagined. If you like to argue your point and question the words of others. If you love to read and love to write.
My child struggled with English in primary. How will you help?
We offer lots of support if English hasn’t previously interested you
What do students go on to do with English?
So many things - college and university, the Arts Industry, the third sector, Teaching, Law, Global business
Do you set in English?
No, we teach in mixed ability groups for English. In some Year groups we create a top set, but keep the majority in mixed ability groups. We believe this is the best setting criteria for English.
Do you offer any clubs or enrichment opportunities?
Yes. We have a creative Writing club and we do debate competitions. This even took us to 10 Downing Street a few years ago.