Huish Academy


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The English Department is a lively area of the school where you can often hear students performing poetry, Shakespeare or having a lively debate. Students are positive about their experiences in English and work with teachers to achieve their potential. We want to produce well rounded students who can participate in all aspects of the English curriculum. The successful studying of English opens doors in life and we are there to support all students in achieving this.

English is taught across all Key Stages. In Yr 7 and 8 students have 6 lessons of English a fortnight while in Yr9 students have 7 lessons to help them to prepare for the GCSE in Yr10. All students will cover a range of topics such as poetry, novels, plays, Shakespeare, creative writing and media. The department has a computer suite which helps to complement the work of students in producing non-fiction and presentations.

In Yr10 and Yr11 students follow the AQA GCSE English Language and AQA GCSE English Literature course. Class teachers decide on the Literature texts to be studied from a choice of texts in order to best suit the interests of the class.

English are also developing a vocational Media course as an option subject for Yr10.

In Huish Sixth the English Department runs three A Level courses: AQA English Literature Spec B, Edxcel English Language and AQA Media

English Language GCSE
Course Overview This specification allows candidates to demonstrate their ability to investigate and analyse language, and to experiment and use language creatively. The course offers a skills-based approach to the study of English. This enables candidates to make 'fresh' and individual responses to each element of assessment. A range of texts will be studied for Language; these could include a play, a novel, and a selection of poetry as well as non-fiction texts.

English Literature GCSE
Course Overview This specification allows candidates to experience a range of Literature with a wide variety of appeal drawn from contemporary and modern texts, texts from across the globe and texts which have had a significant influence on our English (Welsh or Irish) literary and cultural heritage. Candidates will experience a range of literary genres. The specification is based on a skills-based approach to the study of Literature.

Mary Singleton

Ms Singleton teaches English across all key stages as well as leading a highly successful English department. Her book recommendations are Anne of Green Gables by L.M.Montgomery and In Cold Blood by T.Capote.

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