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Welcome to the English Department at St Aloysius' College


Ms. E. Doorly (Head of Department)
Ms. N. Cull (Literacy Co-ordinator/2 i/c)
Mr. P. McAuley (Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator)
Miss S. Chambers (Year 11 Intervention Co-Ordinator)
Mr. A. Mugglestone (Head of Year 11)
Mrs. F. Sogojeva (Head of Year 8)
Mr. B. Fowler (A Level Philosophy)
Mr. J. Leahy (EAL Link)
Mrs. C. Cox (Librarian)
Ms. S. Eldridge (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
Ms. S. Kienzel

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8):

During the course of the year, your son will study a novel, non-fiction texts, poetry, drama, a media unit and Shakespeare. He will study both modern and pre-twentieth century texts. He will take part in a range of speaking and listening activities to include individual, paired and group work in order to develop independent thought. The units chosen by the teacher are dependent on the class make-up and text availability.

To improve literacy, one English lesson per week focuses on reading and spelling skills as well as higher order thinking. Years 7 and 8 now have a spelling booklet with strategies to help them learn and record their weekly spelling test results. The best practice is for parents/guardians to test students each week at home before their in-class test. Parents/guardians should sign the booklet each week to confirm their son/ward has been practising. The spellings are commonly misspelt words at KS3. Please download the KS3 Spelling Advice and List below.

Year 9 (transition from KS3-4):

In Year 9, your son will build on previous English skills and prepare himself for the GCSE course, which begins towards the end of Year 9. From September to the February half term, the boys will study a range of modern and pre-twentieth century texts including: non-fiction texts, drama and a novel to lay foundations for the GCSE course.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE Years 10-11):

As a core subject, English is a compulsory GCSE where students are given the opportunity to gain two GCSE qualifications (Language and Literature). All students will study a range of texts including Shakespeare, early and modern Poetry, contemporary playwrights and modern novels.

The department teaches the AQA specification.

All assessment is now terminal at GCSE for both Language and Literature. All students study both GCSE's. There is no controlled assessment or coursework.

Year 10 Course Outline:

Please see Language and Literature tabs for information.

KS5 (Years 12 and 13):

Please see A'Level tab

2016 GCSE Results:

English Language 72%

English Literature 91%

Helping at home:

Reading - Students should be encouraged to read as much quality fiction as possible throughtout their school life. A categorised reading list of books recommended by other boys in the school is available from the Library which includes Challenging Reads. A reading book is part of the students' everyday equipment; there will be an opportunity to read during registration and for Key Stage 3 at the start of some English lessons. There is a proven link between regular reading and high GCSE English results.

In order to improve their reading of non-fiction, students shouls be encouraged to read and discuss articles from magazines, newspapers, blogs and websites in addition to 'junk mail' which can be examined in terms of its text type, purpose, audience and type of language.

Planners - Towards the back of the students' planners, there are key spelling words, spelling strategies and explanations of the way punctuation marks and key grammatical terms (e.g. verbs, nouns and adjectives) shouls be used. Please help your son to prepare for spelling tests.

Homework - Homework is set by class teachers every week(days will vary across the department and schemes of work). Homework tasks are varied and my include: research tasks, preparing for spelling and other tests, essays, creative writing, collecting resources, revision, reading and book reviews. The planner should be used to organise homework and ensure deadlines are met. Students are given sufficient time to complete tasks and it is their responsibility to tell the class teacher if they are unsure of what to do or have lost the sheet etc before it is due in. It is pivotal that students have somewhere quiet to do their homeork: the library is available before and after school, and at break times on a year group rota. There are computers available in the library if internet access is required for research homework.

Equipment - Pens, pencils, ruler, rubber, sharpener, highlighters, reading book (essential), mini-dictionary, mini-thesaurus.

At KS4 post-it notes and ring binders are also required.

Extra-curricular activities:

There are a wide range of activities including our poetry club, and the Year 11 catch-up club. Please see our English teachers for details.

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