‘In English we will nourish students’ passion for our subject; equip them with the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to succeed in all walks of life.’

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Mrs J McDonald

Mrs J McDonald Head of Department j.mcdonald@danum,outwood.com

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Mrs L Stuart

Mrs L Stuart Second in Department l.stuart@danum.outwood.com

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Mrs A Twiby

Mrs A Twiby Literacy Co-ordinator a.twiby@danum.outwood.com

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Overview of the Year for English at Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 students have the ability to widen and explore their understanding of English as a subject beyond Key Stage 2. Students get the opportunity to study an eclectic mix of different text types from fictional novels to biographies, always taking into account the individual needs of our students. They will develop their analytical and evaluative skills, as well as their writing skills across the English curriculum.

Across Key Stage 3 we are about to launch run a reading programme called Accelerated Reader. Students are expected to read a book targeted at their reading level for the first 20 minutes in two of their English lesson. Students take quizzes on these books which allow teachers to monitor student progress even more closely. We have found this programme to be very successful not only in improving student’s ability in English, but it has created a culture and love of reading across the key stage.

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mrs McDonald Head of Department.


Overview of the Year for English Language and Literature at Key Stage 4

Students will study texts from the exam in the first part of the key stage, along with some of the poetry from the anthology. More texts and language preparation will be studied. The exam board is WJEC.


Overview of the Year for English Language and Literature at Key Stage 5

AQA A’ Level English Literature Specification B

In English Literature pupils will study a range of texts across the two year A’level course. In Year 12 their work will be based on the study of ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare, ‘Death of a Salesman’ by Arthur Miller and a selection of poetry by John Keats. They will also focus on elements of political writing in the following texts: ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’ by William Blake, Margret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini.

Pupils will take their examinations at the end of Year 13 and complete two pieces of written coursework based on their study of the AQA Critical Anthology.

English Language
AQA AS and A’Level English Language

In Year 12 pupils will study ‘Language and the Individual’ which introduces pupils to language analysis through a variety of different texts whilst analysing meaning and representation. ‘Language Varieties’ focuses on the analysis of language in its wider social and geographical contexts. In Year 13 pupils will learn to develop their skills from Year 12 in a more discursive and evaluative manner and produce two pieces of written non examination assessments.

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact Mrs Gale Head of KS5

Enrichment opportunities in English:

Literature Club KS4
Mrs Gale/Mrs Green

Year 11 language Exam club
Mrs McDonald

English Seasonal Stories – Key Stage 3
Mrs Agar

Creative writing – Key Stage 4
Mrs Twiby

Creative writing Key Stage 4
Mrs Sabir

Year 11 Skills Key Stage 4
Mrs Stuart

Literacy Club Key Stage 3
Mrs Willan