English plays a pivotal role across the school curriculum and the world at large. Over the two key stages, every Ruskin student will receive a rich and varied diet of English Language and Literature delivered in a challenging and engaging manner. It is our aim within the department to consistently:
Consider every student’s individual learning needs and accommodate accordingly to allow every student to make expected progress.
To challenge and engage all students in lessons ensuring sufficient breadth and depth of content to stretch the most able as well as allow all pupils to make good progress.
Assess students’ progress regularly, (in line with school policy) and to monitor progress using relevant data to inform planning and set personal learning targets.
To monitor and track every students’ progress regularly and put in meaningful intervention strategies if necessary to ensure good progress for all.
Encourage students to develop a life-long love and enthusiasm for language and literature in all forms.
Enable students to become both critical and creative in their thinking, reading and writing through the development of the skills and resources they will need to succeed in an increasingly literate and multimodal world.
Encourage a knowledge, understanding, appreciation and tolerance of the multicultural and multi-ethnic society and world in which we live.
- Mr Smith – Curriculum Leader
- Miss Allcock
- Mrs Buxton
- Miss Farrington
- Mr Hartley (Year 11 Achievement Manager)
- Miss Lucas
- Mr Putt
- Mrs Simmons
- Mrs Hamilton – Intervention
Unit 1: Transition unit and Modern Novel
Unit 2: Introduction to 19th Century Fiction
Unit 3: Multicultural Poetry
Unit 4: Creative writing
Unit 5: World Politics (Exam Preperation)
Unit 6: Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Unit 1 and 2: Noughts and Crosses
Unit 3: Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’
Unit 4: Gothic Horror Creative Writing
Unit 5: The world around us (Exam Preperation)
Unit 6: Love and Relationships Poetry
Unit 1:Of Mice and Men
Unit 2: Non-Fiction Unit
Unit 3: Blood Brother
Unit 4:GCSE Power and conflict poetry
Unit 5: An Inspector Calls – an introduction
Unit 6: An Inspector Calls (Exam Preperation)
Overview of Key Stage 4
All students will follow the EDUQAS GCSE English Language course. This comprises of a spoken language element,, alongside reading comprehension and writing across two exam papers.
All students will follow the AQA English Literature course, taking the examination at the end of year 10. This comprises of a Shakespeare play, Poetry, a 19th Century novel and a modern text accross two exams papers.
We provide a range of enriching experiences for students to extend their vision of the arts. Writers and poets are invited to perform and run workshops for students. These successful events are regularly arranged by our Library Manager who actively supports the English Department. Students can attend Creative Writing Club; they are often entered in writing competitions and enjoy being successful in this.
Any other information
The English department is keen for all students to achieve well and we have a designated programme of intervention for those who require it. Some students are given special circumstances.