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Woodbridge High School

Woodbridge High School

English

‘Some books are to be tasted; others to be swallowed; and some few to be chewed and digested’  

Francis Bacon

Ethos of the English Department

As a department, we are committed to:

Planned mixed ability teaching groups where every pupil is given the opportunity to make a contribution and develop as a confident speaker, reader and writer

The provision of high quality teaching of stimulating lessons where careful planning ensures all pupils are valued and given opportunities to achieve and enjoy the learning experience.

A sustained climate of professionalism where each member of our dynamic team is valued, supported and empowered to contribute to the forward planning and shaping of the vision of the department and our role in the whole school curriculum.

The strong ethos of sharing and engaging in discussion about pedagogy which continues to be the main unifying force in our department. 

Practitioners who actively seek to improve our practice; always ensuring that the pupils are at the centre of what we do. We are proud of our results and continue to reflect on ways of encouraging self-improvement of our pupils and of ourselves.

Aims of the English Department

  • To nurture an interest in literature and all aspects of the English language.
  • To enable students to think imaginatively and create valued responses.
  • To enable pupils to understand the world around them through exploration of contemporary literature.
  • To develop critical thinking skills.
  • To encourage students to explore a range of different viewpoints on key issues that affect them and characters they discover.
  • To transform students into independent learners who will be able to meet the challenges of an ever changing world.
  • To enable pupils to explore English beyond the classroom.
  • To encourage students to become confident reflective thinkers.
  • To inspire students to want to do English at university.

Why study English?

 So, maybe you like reading great books or learning about how the English works, but you might still wonder why study English? English is undoubtedly one of the most important subjects you can study at school. The study of literature gives you an insight in human emotions and behaviour that very few other subjects can achieve. It is something that can be enjoyably explored through studying the works of Shakespeare or of writers, poets and playwrights of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. An appreciation of literature often develops into an interest in books and reading and this helps develop the expansive vocabulary and reading skills we need in all aspects of our everyday lives.

In addition to the study of literature, the study of language offers students the opportunity to develop their writing, reading and speaking skills to an exceptional level; something undoubtedly key in their future lives. Through understanding the effects of a well-chosen verb or a thoughtful subordination in a sentence, pupils begin to realise how they can form and adapt the language for situations they will encounter in everyday life, including later careers.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

 At Key Stage 3, the pupils develop a wide range of skills through a range of modules. The students will study Shakespeare plays and contemporary texts such as ‘War Horse’. During their studies, they will also cover a range of contemporary drama texts and poetry units, all designed to build their essential skills in writing, reading and speaking and listening. Throughout their, time, they will be assessed and given specific, personalised targets to help them improve in both their essential literacy and more general English study skills;In addition to the study of literature, the study of language offers students the opportunity to develop their writing, reading and speaking skills to an exceptional level; something undoubtedly key in their future lives. Through understanding the effects of a well-chosen verb or a thoughtful subordination in a sentence, pupils begin to realise how they can form and adapt the language for situations they will encounter in everyday life, including later careers.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

 At Key Stage 4, the students study for two GCSEs: English Language and English Literature. They will study a wide range of topics including Shakespeare plays and poetry, modern novels by international authors, fiction and non-fiction writing skills and they will study how spoken language is used and adapted. They will complete a range of assessment tasks including controlled assessments, exams and speaking and listening tasks. Both GCSEs are studied through the WJEC exam board and more information can be found at http://www.wjec.co.uk/

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)

 The English department offers two English A Level courses: English Language and English Literature. Both courses are highly successful and offer the pupils a superb opportunity to develop their enjoyment of English to a higher level. In Literature, the pupils study the literature of the 1stWorld War in Year 12 and the literature of love in Year 13. Whilst in Language, they develop their skills as linguistic s students in Year 12 and research the development of English in Year 13. Both courses develop the students’ independence as learners and prepares them for a wide range of opportunities post sixth-form. Both A Level courses are studied through the AQA exam board and more information can be found at http://www.aqa.org.uk/

Future Pathways

Students who have studied English at Woodbridge often go on to have successful careers in journalism, government, law and education.

Contact Head of English