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Communication is critical in all aspects of life; the ability to express oneself both orally and on paper is absolutely essential. No matter what you want to do in life, English can help you succeed.

The English Faculty is made up of 9 English teachers. Within the team, we have a Lead Practitioner and a Coordinator for each Key Stage who all work alongside the Director of Study to lead the Faculty. We also work closely with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator and the Assistant Director of Special Needs who has responsibility for supporting the progress of students in literacy.

The curriculum at Key Stage 3 has been carefully designed to link with the requirements of the GCSE English Literature and English Language specification – everything the girls study from Year 7 onwards will help students to prepare for their English studies at Key Stage 4. However, this is not to say that the curriculum is not varied. On the contrary, students will write articles, stories, poems, letters and much more and will study the work of Shakespeare, Dickens, Armitage, Duffy and Browning but to name a few, as well as a range of modern dramatists and novelists.

At Key Stage 4, the girls will continue to hone their writing skills in preparation for the English Language exam, focussing specifically on points of view writing and narrative and descriptive writing. They will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st Century. During the two year course, they will read a modern drama or novel, a 19th century novel, a Shakespeare play and study a collection of poetry.

Our main aim in the English Faculty is to provide high quality learning and teaching. Our wish is that every girl leaves Fairfield having gained the highest level of qualifications and feeling proud of their achievements.

Year 7

Autobiography (A Scheme of Learning based on autobiographical and narrative writing)

War Poetry

Introduction to 19th Century Fiction

Introduction to Shakespeare

Charity (A Scheme of Learning based on non-fiction writing)

Modern Novel

Year 8

Dracula (play)

Narrative Writing

Much Ado About Nothing

Poetry (A Scheme of Learning unseen skills in preparation for GCSE)

Points of View Writing

Modern Novel
 

Year 9

Speeches (A Scheme of Learning based on non-fiction speeches)

A Christmas Carol

Creative Writing (based on the dystopic genre)

Love and Relationships Poetry (From the GCSE anthology)

Romeo and Juliet

 

 
  • Literature

    Year 10

    An Inspector Calls

    Romeo and Juliet

    A Christmas Carol

    Love and Relationships Poetry

    Unseen Poetry

     

  • Language

    Year 10

    An Inspector Calls

    Romeo and Juliet

    A Christmas Carol

    Love and Relationships Poetry

    Unseen Poetry

    Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

    Language Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

    Spoken Language Assessment

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