English

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book”

J K Rowling

English instils in students an ability to appreciate, analyse and question the world around them, allowing them to develop socially, emotionally and academically through their studies.  As English teachers we believe that the imagination is a prime human faculty and that its development is of the utmost importance in the growth of the individual.  Imagination is understood in its widest sense to include sympathy, empathy, sensitivity, responsiveness and an urge to understand, communicate and participate.  In English lessons at Morton Academy students are encouraged to develop their imaginations.  They will gain an appreciation of the power of the written word and will explore a range of fiction and non-fiction texts which will inspire, inform and challenge them. In English, students will learn to become critical readers, accurate writers and will have the opportunity to communicate ideas with others during discussion and debate. 

At Morton Academy we aim:

  • To provide students with a set of useable and transferable literacy skills that can be taken into the workplace and the wider world.
  • To foster an enjoyment of literature in all its forms.
  • To provide students with the skills to decode the texts they are exposed to on a daily basis.
  • To help develop the confidence of students to talk effectively in a range of situations and for a range of purposes.
  • To provide students with the opportunities to gain appropriate and useful qualifications.

Who works in the English Department?

We are proud to say that we are a fully staffed department consisting of well qualified English specialists:

  • Victoria Sabuda – Director of English/Assistant Principal
  • Richard McGuire – Principal/English Teacher
  • Rebecca Miller – Part Time English Teacher/Inclusion Manager
  • Alex Adamson – Part Time English Teacher
  • Alex Cowie – Full Time English Teacher
  • Liz Craig – Part Time English Teacher
  • Linda Fitzgerald – Part Time English Teacher

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, all students receive five lessons of English per week. Our curriculum ensures that students secure a solid foundation for GCSE English. All students have the opportunity to study Shakespeare, 19thcentury texts, poetry and a wide range of media and non-fiction texts. Students are also taught to write successfully for a range of audiences, genres and purposes. Assessment in Key Stage 3 English is measured against the United Learning Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), which are the essential skills that prepare our students for future success at GCSE and beyond.

In Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA GCSE courses for English Language and English Literature.  Our curriculum meets the needs of the new GCSE requirements set out in 2015.  The key points of the new GCSE courses are as follows:

Grading scale
A grading scale of 9 to 1 is used, with 9 being the top grade.

Assessment entirely by exam
Assessment is by examination at the end of the course; all students sit the same examination papers. 

Students are required to sit 2 GCSE English Language papers and 2 GCSE English Literature papers. 

Demanding content
Students must now study a 19th century novel, a Shakespeare play, a modern drama and a range of poetry pre-selected by the exam board, as well as, a range of 19th, 20th and 21st century non-fiction. 

The more that you read, the more things you will know. 
The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!

– Dr. Seuss

At Richard Rose Morton Academy the English department uses enrichment opportunities to extend students’ English skills and develop imagination.

At Key Stage 4 we run successful intervention sessions during the school day and after school for those students who need further support in their GCSEs.

We are also planning to enter the BBC ‘School Report’ project, which will enable a student led group to research and to report the news from within school and the local community.  ‘School Report’ newspaper offers students the ability to enhance their writing and investigative skills through different roles such as:

  • Editor
  • Sub Editor
  • Feature Writers
  • Researchers
  • interviewers
  • Sports Writers
  • Journalists
  • Photographers
  • Cartoonists     

The School Library

The English department works closely with the school library to promote a love of reading.  We encourage students to use the library for pleasure as well as for educational purposes.  Students can use the library on a break, lunch time and after school to read, complete homework, chat quietly with friends or borrow from an extensive range of fiction and non-fiction titles.

The school library delivers literacy support to students with additional literacy needs and runs a successful reading intervention programme.  The frequency of literacy intervention is dependent on the need of the student and can happen on a 1:1, paired or small group basis depending on the need of the child. Intervention can take two main forms, withdrawal from lesson to work with the literacy team in the library or in the classroom.

We use a range of programmes including: ‘Toe by Toe’ a highly structured, multi-sensory, phonics based scheme of work and IDL, a dyslexia based programme which is highly effective for general literacy difficulties.

The library also runs a number of whole school initiatives to promote reading for pleasure.  We’ve adopted former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen’s 20 point plan for reading and used it inform our own reading for pleasure policy. This includes:

  • Encouraging students to write and share reviews, on books that they have read.
  • Forging links with the local library and booksellers.
  • The formation of a reading group that meets every Thursday for a biscuit and a chat about books that we have read.
  • Paired reading, with some of our more able Year 11 students, aiding and encouraging the more reluctant readers from Year 7.
  • A ‘Drop Everything and Read’ strategy that encourages the whole school to read together.
  • Regular author visits and trips.

The BBC Bitesize website is always useful for students with a range of clips, quizzes and activities for both Language and Literature revision.

Geoff Barton is a hugely successful English teacher and head teacher. He also writes text books for many exam boards. He publishes many of his lesson resources on his website, some of which you will find very useful.

A revision website built and maintained by an English teacher.

A revision website built around quizzes for students.

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