Our faculty is characterised by enthusiasm, passion for our subject and commitment to providing the best possible experience for all students in every English lesson at George Pindar School. Our main aim is to achieve the highest possible standards for all of our students, allowing them to attain their best grades in English. We hope that our students will enjoy their work in English, and we strive to ensure that our curriculum offers a rich and diverse range of learning experiences. As a team, we believe that all students should enjoy learning and that each student should have an equal opportunity to achieve their maximum learning potential. We encourage students come to English lessons with the expectation that they will be valued and encouraged but that their lessons will be demanding, rigorous and enjoyable.
Learners in English lessons will be:
Engaged in suitable activities – to acquire or consolidate concepts and skills
Challenged – in relation to their earlier work. Students should be able to understand and cope successfully with lesson content, but only with intellectual, physical or creative effort
Productive – students should be working at the optimum pace
Motivated – students should be seeking help when needed and staying on task
Collaborative – students will work together to explore the subject
Teaching in English lessons will be:
Discursive – characterised by high quality work
Interactive – students contributions are encouraged, expected and extended
Well-paced – there is a sense of urgency, driven by the need to make progress and succeed
Confident – teachers have a clear understanding of their objectives – both short and long term
Ambitious – there is an optimism about high expectations of success
We are constantly looking to hone and develop our English curriculum to ensure that it will inspire and engage students at both Key Stages 3 and 4. Our mission is to ensure that all students leave George Pindar School with the English skills that they need to succeed, both in education and in life beyond school.
Key Stage 3 English
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum covers a variety of topics ranging from exploring Shakespeare, George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ and John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ to looking at exploring a range of poetry. We are proud to be a partner school of the English Mastery English Programme which is giving the students more opportunity, regardless of their starting level, to develop the skills they need at GCSE level and beyond.
Key Stage 4 – English language & English literature
When studying English Language, students will consolidate and build on the literacy skills they will need in the wider world by developing their functional, persuasive, narrative and descriptive writing expertise. In addition, students will examine a wide range of non-fiction and fiction texts in order to progress their analytical skills.
Students will study a diverse range of texts by authors such as J B Priestley, Charles Dickens, William Golding and William Shakespeare. They will also learn how social, historical and cultural context impacts on these works, encountering issues such as prejudice, the changing roles of women and the dark side of humanity.
GCSE – Parental Knowledge Organiser
Are you worried about how you can support your child with their English work? These parental knowledge organisers give you tips on how you can support your child’s learning from home. They have reminders of what they are being taught in their classes, support tasks where they can revise and remind themselves of key themes and characters, extension tasks that your child can do to widen their understanding and knowledge and suggested further reading.
You can start to help your child prepare for September by looking at what they will be studying and then clicking the relevant downloadable files below:
Autumn: Oliver Twist
Spring: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Summer 1: Poetry
Summer 2: Danny Champion of the World or The Day Dreamer
Autumn: Sherlock Holmes
Spring: The Tempest
Summer: Animal Farm
Autumn: Of Mice and Men
Spring: Romeo and Juliet
Summer: An Inspector Calls or Lord of the Flies
Autumn: An Inspector Calls or Lord of the Flies
Spring 1: Language Paper 2 and the Spoken Language Endorsement
Spring 2: Power and Conflict Poetry – War and Nature Clusters
Summer 1: Power and Conflict Poetry – Identity Cluster and Unseen Poetry
Summer 2: Victorian Language Study – Papers 1 and 2
Autumn: Victorian Language study and A Christmas Carol
Summer: Revision and exam preparation for all papers
For all GCSE students, these student knowledge organisers are there to help your revision. They are separated into their correct papers and sections. Use them to help you recap the key concepts of each text.