English

Welcome to the English Department. We are an experienced and enthusiastic team of teachers who are dedicated to ensuring that every pupil achieves their best and enjoys their studies.

During their time at Test Valley, pupils in English are expected to read fiction and non-fiction texts regularly in school and at home and aim to complete their Library booklets to a high standard. They must be willing to plan, draft and proof-read their work, as well as responding positively to feedback given about how to improve the quality of their written and spoken work, by re-working key sections.

Key Stage 3

Across Key Stage 3, pupils read a range of texts and practise different styles of writing as well as developing their speaking and listening skills. The curriculum is designed to ensure that all pupils are able to make progress at KS3 whilst developing the skills needed at KS4.

The curriculum has been designed to inspire and motivate pupils, embedding the core skills required to achieve progress throughout their school career. Pupils are encouraged to use new media types to enrich their communication skills.

Key Stage 4

Subject English Language
Examination Board WJEC EDUQAS
Specification WJEC EDUQAS GCSE (9-1) in English Language
Assessment 100% Examinations
English Baccalaureate Yes

What does a pupil need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

How to :

  • Read a wide variety of texts.
  • Write accurately, in a variety of ways for different purposes and audiences.
  • Compare how texts have been written
  • Listen to a variety of types of speech.
  • Speak in a variety of ways for different purposes and audiences.

What will pupils learn on this course?

How to :

  • Read a wide variety of texts and analyse how writers have matched style with purpose and audience.
  • Compare how modern and older texts are similar and/or different.
  • Plan, write and proof-read a variety of texts matched to different purposes and audiences.
  • Listen to a variety of types of speech and analyse how other people speak and listen.
  • Speak in a variety of ways for different purposes and audiences.

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

  • Two examinations on Fiction and Non-fiction texts with reading and writing tasks.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

  • Research
  • Planning
  • Reading of fiction and non-fiction texts
  • Drafting own writing
  • Proofreading and checking own writing
  • Rehearsing speeches
Subject English Literature
Examination Board WJEC EDUQAS
Specification WJEC EDUQAS GCSE (9-1) in English Literature
Assessment 100% Examinations
English Baccalaureate No

What does a pupil need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

  • Read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • Be aware of a writer’s purpose and viewpoint when writing and the effect of the words and phrases used on a reader.

What will pupils learn on this course?

How to read and respond to a range of texts, such as:

  • Shakespeare
  • Poetry from 1789-Present Day
  • Post 1914 Drama
  • Post 1914  Novels
  • 19th Century Novels

How will pupils be assessed on this course?

Two examinations on Shakespeare, Poetry, post-1914 texts and 19th Century texts.

What kind of work will pupils need to do outside of lessons?

  • Reading
  • Research
  • Essay planning
  • Exam practice writing

Additional Information

Copies of GCSE Revision guides can be purchased through the school office as can Literature exam texts.

Pupils are encouraged to make use of BBC Bitesize and GCSEPod websites to enhance their learning as well as using materials available on Moodle.