|Year 9 Take On Shakespeare||"CHECKING OUT ME POETRY!"|
The English Department occupies a suite of teaching rooms and is fully staffed with eight full time teachers. All rooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards. Extra-curricular activities take place throughout the year.
|KEY STAGE 3||KEY STAGE 4|
|Year 7 Super Curriculum||Year 10 Super Curriculum|
|Year 8 Super Curriculum||Year 11 Super Curriculum|
|Year 9 Super Curriculum||GCSE Recommended Reading List with non-fiction|
English KS3 Long-Term Plan
Healthy Eating and the Media
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sport and Media
Creative Writing and Writing to Present a Viewpoint
Romeo and Juliet
Of Mice and Men
An Inspector Calls
A Christmas Carol
English Language Paper 1 – Section A: Reading
English Language Paper 1 – Section B: Writing
English Language Paper 2 – Section A: Reading
English Language Paper 2 – Section B: Writing
Pre-Public Exam – English Language Paper 2
Pre-Public Exams Revision
Pre-Public Exams - English Language Paper 1
Literature Paper 1
Literature Paper 2
Power and Conflict Poetry
GCSE Exam Revision Period
Summer Exams – English Language
‘CHECKING OUT ME POETRY!’
In February, Year 11 pupils attended the GCSE Poetry Live event at the Apollo Theatre, Victoria.
Against the surreal backdrop of the musical ‘Wicked’, poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, as well as Owen Sheers and Imtiaz Dharker read out some of their poetry and participated in a short question and answer session with the pupils. Oxford University’s Professor of Poetry, Simon Armitage then delivered a variety of his work along with his usual amusing anecdotes, explaining his influences and many of the ideas behind his poems which are in the AQA GCSE Anthology. Each poet also discussed how certain writers had influenced their own creations.
The AQA examiner also took to the stage and gave a masterclass in “how to achieve a Level 4, or above, in your English GCSE.” He took the pupils through an essay, explaining what the examiners are looking for in a pupil response to poetry. The Hurstmere boys furiously scribbled down notes which will hopefully aid them in their revision and success in June!
The star of the show was, as always, John Agard. Greeted like a rock star by the pupils, his enthusiasm for and joy of writing poetry is infectious and he had everybody in the audience clapping and shouting along to his poetry. A very worthwhile day!
Year 9 Take On Shakespeare
In March, 40 Year 9 pupils took a coach up to London to see a production of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy: “Romeo and Juliet”. All Year 9 pupils study this play during the summer term, so it was an opportunity to see the Bard’s famous lines come to life.
We had standing tickets, meaning we were essentially getting the same view as the Elizabethan groundlings, who paid one penny for the privilege of seeing a play in the early 17th century. This meant we were exposed to the elements as The Globe famously has an open roof.
During the play it did start to drizzle at points, however, the production was so engrossing it didn’t matter. Seeing the play performance by such a talented young cast definitely inspired our students, particularly the performance by Ned Derrington as Mercutio, who played the part with verve and cadence.
Despite the rain and standing for the entire 90 minute long performance, our boys’ behaviour was exemplary and they really did us proud. We hope this experience instils a love of Shakespeare and theatre in our pupils. Well done Year 9!
Year 6 Transition