|Mr M Jackson||Faculty Leader for English and MFL|
|Mr S Bellusci||Subject Leader|
|Mrs D Dowson||Teacher of English|
|Mr T Hoole||Teacher of English|
|Miss H Marklew||Teacher of English|
|Miss K Williams||Teacher of English|
The English department at Ss. John Fisher and Thomas More comprises 6 subject specialists, each of whom are extremely hardworking, forward thinking and completely dedicated to their craft. All lessons are taught in English specific classrooms, which allows pupils to feel settled and relaxed as they delve deep into an array of literary texts taken from across the ages, whilst also allowing their creative juices to flow when writing their own extended pieces.
Owing to the talent and dedication of the English team, and a forward thinking curriculum, our Year 11 pupils have achieved excellent results in recent years, comparing favourably with our neighbouring schools in the area, and ensuring that the majority of our pupils move on to Further Education with GCSE English ‘under their belt’.
Schemes of learning in English have recently been reviewed and revamped to take on some of the changes of the new National Curriculum and the advent of new GCSEs with the return of 100% examination. Our philosophy each year is to provide a rich blend of different literature, non-fiction and opportunities to write in a range of different contexts. Some of our modules are topic or theme based, but underpinning this is a drive to improve the core reading and writing skills which we believe are necessary for academic success at GCSE, and indeed, in later life.
Regular Accelerated Reader lessons afford pupils the opportunity to sample and enjoy a range of modern, and in some cases, classic novels. All lower school pupils (Year 7-9) have a library book, which we encourage them to read and change fortnightly. Our plan for this academic year (2016-17) is to attract well known and popular authors into school and build on the successes of last year in developing a love of reading in all our pupils. We will also continue to organise regular theatre trips with a view to develop pupils’ enjoyment of literature and knowledge of texts.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Outlined below is the scheme of learning your son/daughter will follow in English across Years 7-9 at Fisher More. In each year, every term, pupils will complete a major assessment in reading and writing based on the topics studied. The end-of-year exams, produced by AQA, are intended as important stepping stones towards future success at GCSE level.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
Outlined below is the scheme of learning your son/daughter will follow in English in Years 10 and 11 at Fisher More. Most pupils will work towards two separate GCSEs in English Language and Literature. Although texts may vary from class to class, all pupils doing Literature will read and study an anthology of poems, a modern novel or drama, a nineteenth century novel and a Shakespeare play. We have registered with AQA, the exam board we have had a good track record of results with.