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English

 

 

To study English is to study life – how we think, feel and behave in many different situations. It asks us profound questions about what it is to be human, about what we value and hold most dear. It is also a technical subject, where the study of language is explored in forensic detail. Mostly, it’s about discovering new worlds, new ideas and learning to develop strong, compelling arguments. The skills learned in English are critical. They help students across all their subjects, and get them ready for life beyond school.

Here at Claremont, we have a dynamic department which has been recognised by Ofsted who commented that our students perform ‘exceptionally well’ in our last inspection. Our Challenge Partners review in 2018 also praised the consistently strong teaching of the team. We aim to stimulate student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in English and our teachers create an atmosphere where students enjoy learning.

 

Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 and 9

 

Years 7 and 8

 

Effect of lockdown on our plans for teaching your child next year

Has the curriculum changed?

We have made some minor changes to the curriculum to allow for a more gradual start back into work. We are starting in year 7/8 with a creative writing based unit, called Autobiography to allow students to build on their existing writing skills and understanding of genre.

How will we determine which students need extra help?

Early on in the term, students will sit a creative and comprehension test in their normal lesson. From this, we will assess where your son/daughter is in their learning and what specifically we can do to help them. This will inform their class teacher’s teaching programme. Click here for revision exercises.

How will we cover any gaps in their knowledge?

There are a number of strategies we can use to plug any gaps, and it will depend on the topic. We might for example simply refresh students’ memories through starter activities, mini summaries, multiple choice, or by asking students to complete tests on Educake.

How will we give support out of lessons?

We will use the Team App to set targeted intervention work, and provide short video explanations for how to approach a topic. We will also signpost students to recorded Claremont English lessons, lessons available on the national Oak Academy website, BBC bitesize and other relevant resources.

 

Click here for the revised year 7 curriculum 

Click here for the revised year 8 curriculum 

 

Year 9

 

Effect of lockdown on our plans for teaching your child next year

Has the curriculum changed?

We have made some minor changes to the curriculum to allow for a more gradual start back into work. We are starting in year 9 with a creative writing based unit to allow students to build on their existing writing skills. From there, they will read short extracts for comprehension-based work, and analyse how good writers write.

How will we determine which students need extra help?

Early on in the term, students will sit a creative and comprehension test in their normal lesson. From this, we will assess where your son/daughter is in their learning and what specifically we can do to help them. This will inform their class teacher’s teaching programme. Click here for revision exercises.

How will we cover any gaps in their knowledge?

There are a number of strategies we can use to plug any gaps, and it will depend on the topic. We might for example simply refresh students’ memories through starter activities, mini summaries, multiple choice, or by asking students to complete tests on Educake.

How will we give support out of lessons?

We will use the Team App to set targeted intervention work, and provide short video explanations for how to approach a topic. We will also signpost students to recorded Claremont English lessons, resources on Sharepoint for both Literature and Language exams, lessons available on the national Oak Academy website, BBC bitesize and other relevant resources.

 

Click here for the revised year 9 curriculum

 

Intent for KS3

Pupils in Year 7 and 8 are introduced to literature that will challenge and interest them. In Year 9, students begin a Foundation year to prepare for Year 10. The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been especially designed to complement and build the skills needed for the new GCSEs.

Developing good reading habits early on is critical to their success, so we encourage home reading through our reading logs, reading challenges and library lessons. We also develop their speaking and writing skills through a series of assessments linked to their texts. Our students are encouraged to enter national writing competitions, as well as College competitions. We are proud of the quality of their entries and it is a joy to see children develop their ‘voice’. 

 Year 7 and 8 competition winners at the House of Commons with Dawn Butler MP

 

 

Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11

 

Year 10

 

Effect of lockdown on our plans for teaching your child next year

Has the curriculum changed?

We have made some minor changes to the curriculum to allow for a more gradual start back into work. We are starting in year 10 with Language Paper 1, which builds on the skills students developed in year 9 and practised during lockdown.

How will we determine which students need extra help?

Early on in the term, students will sit Language Paper 1 in their normal lesson. From this, we will assess where your son/daughter is in their learning and what specifically we can do to help them. We will also analyse the exam papers to see where a student needs to focus their attention, such as on a particular question type. This will inform their class teacher’s teaching programme.

How will we cover any gaps in their knowledge?

There are a number of strategies we can use to plug any gaps, and it will depend on the topic. We might for example simply refresh students’ memories through starter activities, mini summaries, multiple choice, or by asking students to complete tests on Educake.

How will we give support out of lessons?

We will use the Team App to set targeted intervention work, and provide short video explanations for how to approach a topic. We will also signpost students to recorded Claremont English lessons, resources on Sharepoint for both Literature and Language exams, lessons available on the national Oak Academy website, BBC bitesize and other relevant resources.

 

Click here for the revised year 10 curriculum 

 

Year 11

 

Effect of lockdown on our plans for teaching your child next year

Has the curriculum changed?

We have made some minor changes to the curriculum to allow for a more gradual start back into work. We are starting in year 11 with Language Paper 1, which builds on the skills students developed in year 10 and practised during lockdown.

How will we determine which students need extra help?

Students will sit exams in October. From this, we will assess where your son/daughter is in their learning and what specifically we can do to help them. We will also analyse the exam papers to see where a student needs to focus their attention, such as on a particular question type. This will inform their class teacher’s teaching programme.

How will we cover any gaps in their knowledge?

There are a number of strategies we can use to plug any gaps, and it will depend on the topic. We might for example simply refresh students’ memories through starter activities, mini summaries, multiple choice, or by asking students to complete tests on Educake.

How will we give support out of lessons?

We will use the Team App to set targeted intervention work, and provide short video explanations for how to approach a topic. We will also signpost students to recorded Claremont English lessons, resources on Sharepoint for both Literature and Language exams, lessons available on the national Oak Academy website, BBC bitesize and other relevant resources.

 

Click here for the revised year 11 curriculum

 

Intent for KS4

We start our GCSE fully in year 10. Students will cover a number of modern and 19th century texts, not forgetting Shakespeare too. It allows them to understand how ideas in literature cross the centuries and how authors use language to create meaning. Our texts ask us questions about the human condition and students are able to relate to age-old themes about ambition, power, fear, friendship, charity, compassion and love.

 

 Years 9, 10 and 11 at the Globe Theatre, London

 

Reading widely is still at the top of our agenda in Key Stage 4, not least because the Language exam relies on students being able to access extracts, which may be from the 19th, 20th or 21st century writers.  To help you, we have prepared a pack of extracts from the 19th century for your child to read.

 

19 century lit 1

19 century lit 2
 

Key Stage 5

 

Year 13

Effect of lockdown on our plans for teaching your child next year

Has the curriculum changed?

No. We have not changed the curriculum, and will continue with the topics students were studying just before the end of term. This will allow a smooth transition into year 13 before we introduce new topics.

 How will we determine which students need extra help?

Students will sit exams in October. In particular, they will be examined for the first time on the Modern Texts part of the examination – ‘A streetcar named desire’, ‘The Help’ and  ‘Ariel’. From this, we will assess where your son/daughter is in their learning and what specifically we can do to help them. We will also analyse the exam papers to see where a student needs to focus their attention, such as on a particular question type. This will inform their class teacher’s teaching programme.

How will we cover any gaps in their knowledge?

There are a number of strategies we can use to plug any gaps, and it will depend on the topic. We might for example simply refresh students’ memories through starter activities, mini summaries, multiple choice. We will also ask students to complete self-assessment questionnaires so that they can diagnose where they need to focus their efforts. We expect to meet with students individually to help them to set their own workplan to make sure that they are prepared for the year ahead.

How will we give support out of lessons?

We will use the Team App to set targeted intervention work, and provide short video explanations for how to approach a topic. We will also signpost students to recorded Claremont English lessons, resources on Sharepoint for both Literature exams, lessons available on the national Oak Academy website, E-magazine, and other relevant resources.

 

Intent for KS5

At A level, we have a very strong team, with different areas of interest and expertise. Our focus is to produce independent, resilient, well-read young people who are ready for the next steps.

We have an exciting programme of modern American fiction, poetry and drama, plus staples from the English heritage including Shakespeare, pre-1900s poetry and a selection of Gothic texts. Students learn how to research, write and present complex ideas. We also have a programme of events to complement their studies such as writing competitions, theatre trips and lectures.

 

Year 12 students in the West End to see Othello

 

Please click here to see more details about Year 12

Please click here to see more details about Year 13

 

Learning Links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/english/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/

http://geoffbarton.co.uk/student-resources.php 

http://www.sparknotes.com/sparknotes/

https://www.youtube.com/user/mrbruff/videos