Welcome to the English department at Nobel. We are at the initial stages of incorporating many new curriculum changes that will benefit our students and enrich their experience in the English department. At the heart of these alterations is our belief that all students should be engaged through a varied and rigorous curriculum which is designed to prepare them, not only for future exams, but also for life beyond school.

In year 7, students encounter a range of units designed to cater for a variety of interests and abilities. These units include short story writing, media, poetry, plays and novels. Each unit covers a variety of skills including aspects of grammar, content, and how presentation as well as language can create meaning for the reader. Each unit of work is tailored to individual classes and students as we are passionate about differentiation and catering for the needs of all learners. All students have the opportunity to engage in rich tasks which allow teachers to assess students on both their reading and their writing skills, allowing students to make progress in both areas throughout the year.

In year 8 we focus on a modern play as well as a novel. Both of these texts are designed to challenge students and give them the opportunity to consider the role which the wider social and historical contexts play.

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Students also get the chance to use their imagination and flair by creating their own fictional travel destinations and designing their own ghost walk around Nobel school. These units also develop crucial writing skills and allow students to write for a variety of audience and purposes.

In year 9 students will start developing the skills needed to be successful at GCSE.  In this year, we focus on war poetry and pre-1914 literature, including a range of short stories.  We also look at how to analyse and create non-fiction texts.  This allows students to analyse the use of literary and grammatical devices as well as how language can be manipulated to create maximum impact on the reader.

Years 8 and 9 build on the foundation that is set in year 7.  We like to think of key stage 3 as a series of building blocks with each subsequent year developing the skills from the previous.  In this way by the end of key stage three students are well rounded and ready for the challenges of GCSE.

In years 10 and 11 students follow the AQA GCSE specification on one of two pathways.  Students will either complete GCSE English which is a single GCSE award or GCSE Language and Literature which results in two GCSEs at the end of year 11.  Both of these courses allow students to gain the highest possible grades and requires students to complete both controlled assessment tasks and a final end of year 11 exam.

In English we believe that students can gain invaluable insights, enjoyment and engagement form learning opportunities outside of the classroom.  We see these extra-curricular activities as an intrinsic part of developing our students, allowing them to reach their fullest potential.  These activities include meeting visiting poets, poetry workshops, creative writing clubs, competitive mock trials and whole school spelling bees.

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