Our main aims are to stimulate enthusiasm for literature and language and to encourage students to develop personal judgements and progressively more analytical views on the texts studied. We seek to enable students to develop their own voice and style through a range of writing activities, including regular competitions and enrichment opportunities.
We seek to encourage an exploratory atmosphere in the classroom, where students feel that their contributions are welcome and that intellectual enquiry and creative experimentation are enjoyable activities.
English lessons are delivered by a team of innovative subject experts who value scholarship and nurture engagement. We aim to challenge developing minds and support learning at every level. We aim to produce resilient students who embrace challenge and who will leave school, regardless of their A Level options, with an appreciation of the written and spoken word in all its forms.
What is studied at KS3?
Students have five/six hours a fortnight of English teaching, one of which is for independent reading, book talks and the checking of reading logs. Kendrick School has a thriving reading culture, supported by the well-stocked and welcoming library, and this is fostered throughout KS3.
We study a whole Shakespeare play every year in addition to modern and 19th century novels and drama, poetry across the ages, and a range of non-fiction texts. The aim in KS3 is to encourage an enjoyment of reading and thinking about different interpretations, as well as embedding the important skills required for success at KS4. This includes the awareness of what kind of learner is successful in the subject of English.
Texts recently studied at KS3 include novels, plays, poetry and extracts by George Bernard Shaw, John Steinbeck, Daphne Du Maurier, Gerald Durrell, Charlotte Bronte, J B Priestley, Joan Aitken, George Orwell, Louis Sachar, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Vernon Scannell, Diana Wynne Jones, U A Fanthorpe, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
What is studied at KS4?
All students are entered for both GCSE English and English Literature. Lessons are very interactive, with plenty of discussion, debate, group work and presentations. Students are encouraged to listen actively to each other as well as the teacher.
The English Literature syllabus calls for detailed study of a Shakespeare play, a 19th Century novel, a 20th century novel or play and a poetry anthology. Current options for the set texts (chosen by each group’s teacher according to their specialisms) include Macbeth or The Merchant of Venice, and Pride and Prejudice or A Christmas Carol, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time or The Lord of the Flies (all subject to change).
The English Language syllabus calls for students to be able to analyse and understand the genre, audience, purpose, style, tone, intention and effect in a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, and to further draw on this knowledge to produce their own creative work in fiction and non-fiction texts.
The language syllabus also includes a qualification in Speaking and Listening. The students produce and deliver a presentation on an issue which is important to them and that requires some form of persuasion. This provides a valuable opportunity to practise skills in formal public speaking.
The literature and language courses involve an overlap of skills, including close reading, analysis, and communication appropriate to the task. These skills are developed in some way in every lesson.
What is studied at KS5?
We offer English Literature A Level and AS Level at Kendrick School. Students who succeed in this course are keen readers who welcome the challenge of increasingly difficult texts. Reading is a highly active enterprise; it requires sustained and focused attention, as well as the skills of memory, creativity, interpretation and higher-order thinking. In addition to being active readers, successful English A Level students are eager to discuss their reading and ideas and to increasingly place the texts within a wider historical, cultural and social background, which might be informed by their other subject choices. They are also able to write fluent and confident essays, a skill that is regularly practised and developed. The skills that are learned in A-Level prepare students for a wide range of further study or employment in the future.
The current board used at Kendrick School for English Literature A Level is OCR.
The exam texts studied (all subject to change) are:
Y12 – A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, Paradise Lost (Books 9 and 10) by John Milton
Y13 – The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
In Y13 A Level students also write two pieces of analytical and comparative coursework on set texts, plus a text of their own choosing (this accounts for 20% of the A Level course). Students frequently find the reading, research, drafting and writing of the coursework a fascinating and fulfilling process.
Link to the course page
|Ms Jennifer Fieldsend – Subject Leader of English and Drama|
|Mrs Rosie Munns|
|Ms Katie Musgrave|
|Ms Claire Fallows|
|Mrs Ann Male|