English encapsulates all of the elements that help us to succeed in life. An effective grasp of English literature and language can assist us to meet objectives in our working and day-to-day life and can be a wonderful method of enrichment and entertainment for a life time.
At all key stages, English at Melksham Oak Community School is designed to reflect the need of every student to use and understand English while meeting their full potential in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Enhanced by access to interactive technologies, we have developed a range of innovative and creative methods of teaching young people, helping them to become literate, self-aware, and capable of communicating effectively through English in its many forms.
Our schemes of work and teaching styles reflect our belief that English studies will provide students with an understanding of how they can make sense of the world, including a wide variety of social situations encountered in adult life.
Key stage three English is crucial to laying the foundations for future success at GCSE level and above. To this end Year 7 students are taught in their tutor groups for the first term of attendance. Our aim is to enable students to gain familiarity with not only the school day, but also with their peers as well as the high expectations of the English department.
As such, student information on their development and progress is garnered until the October half term where students are grouped more specifically by ability and KS3 target grades. Study of English in these years is used to embed key skills and understanding that will support their development in Key stage 4.
Therefore, our schemes of work are specifically crafted to engage and develop student knowledge and understanding. We actively encourage our students to take pride in their work and to work with their teachers to ensure that progress is in line with their ability. English students conduct termly assessments from which feedback and targets are given to assist our students in their development and future efforts.
Students study for two separate GCSE qualifications in:
We follow the AQA GCSE syllabus for both Language and Literature.
English GCSEs are assessed by 100% examination and graded 1- 9 (with 9 being the highest).
All students must also participate in a speaking and listening assessment as a requirement of the GCSE English Language course. The mark from this speaking and listening assessment is recorded on each student’s GCSE English Language certificate.
Our students take their exams for GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature at the end of each course, in Year 11.
A-level studies in English aim to continue the academic journey for our students, allowing them to enhance their skills of analysis, interpretation and deconstructing texts. Students are taught by a pair of expert teachers.
Students are allocated nine hours of contact teaching time, alongside independent study. This independent study is crucial in preparing students to be autonomous learners capable of coping with the demands of life after Sixth Form - whether through continued study at university, or in the world of work.
We offer three A-level courses...
AQA’s A- level Literature course is designed to build upon the skills students have developed throughout their GCSE study in English and offer a clear progression in developing English Literature skills. The A-level course is designed to encourage students to develop their knowledge, analytical skills and understanding and to become capable of approaching the reading and study of literature - a variety of texts and genres - to consider a shared context, giving logic and meaning to texts that have been grouped for study.
We have chosen AQA because they have designed the course to ensure that a variety of assessment styles are used, such as passage-based questions, unseen material, single text questions, multiple text questions, open- and closed-book approaches, empowering students to develop a wide range of skills, such as the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research which are valuable for both further study and future employment.
AQA’s A-level English Language course enables students to build on the skills they've developed at GCSE, by engaging creatively and critically through access to a wide range of texts and discourses.
English Language is an academically challenging qualification, where students use exciting and relevant text and data-based sources to learn more about the grammar, syntax and evolution of the English Language. The course covers everything from regional and national variations in language use to child language development. Students are also given ample opportunities to conduct their own research into language in action throughout the course.
The WJEC Eduqas specification offers learners the opportunity to develop a thorough and in depth understanding of these key issues, using a comprehensive theoretical framework and a variety of advanced theoretical approaches and theories to support critical exploration and reflection, analysis and debate. The study of a wide range of rich and stimulating media products is central to the specification, offering opportunities for detailed analysis of how the media communicate meanings in a variety of forms.
Learners will work from the product outwards to debate key critical questions related to the social, cultural, political and economic role of the media. Through studying media products holistically in relation to all areas of the theoretical framework, learners will engage with the dynamic relationships between media products, media industries and audiences. Learners will also consider established media forms alongside more contemporary forms, developing an awareness of emerging and evolving media.
At the heart of The White Horse Federation is a belief in using collaboration to provide a first-class education to a wide range of children. This means that every child understands what they are capable of, and can collectively strive for excellence.