English Literature 66.2%
Welcome to our English Department
The English Department at St Cecilia’s are very proud of the consistently high results achieved by our hard working students. Our department constantly seeks to deliver lessons that are lively, enjoyable and challenging. We are keen to ensure that every child makes progress in a way that instils a love of language and literature. We want every student to have the literacy skills necessary to help them succeed in life as well as the creativity and independence.
For me, English is the key to success in so many different areas. Whether a brilliant speech that mobilizes a country, or some fantastic song lyrics that make us think about life in different ways. Being able to express our ideas to others is at the heart of our subject and that is why I think it is vital for all our pupils to develop as much as they can in this subject.
One of my favourite books is ‘The Pickwick Papers’ by Charles Dickens. It was his first novel and it is a wickedly funny but thoughtful and insightful social snapshot of Dickensian England. Mr. Pickwick and his three hapless friend’s journey to places remote from London and they report on their findings to the other members of the Pickwick Club. As we accompany them on their travels throughout the English countryside, lurching from one calamity to another, we get to meet such brilliant and unforgettable characters as the dastardly Mr. Alfred Jingle and the ever-loyal Mr. Sam Weller.
I know I am an English teacher, so I am biased; but English is the most important subject of all, without a good grasp of English you cannot succeed in all the other subjects. English is the key that unlocks many doors. What is my favourite book? That is a difficult one. I will cheat and choose two: fiction and non-fiction
Non-fiction: Into the Dark by Johnson Brown: Written by a friend of mine who was a police officer in Northern Ireland. It is about his life in the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
Fiction: One More Day by Mitch Albom: The book tells the story of a troubled man and his mother, and explores how people might use the opportunity to spend a day with a lost relative.
The department has three specialist English rooms, each containing an interactive whiteboard.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 pupils learn a wide variety of skills. For example in Year 7 students study autobiographical writing, reading novels, travel writing diaries, and more. In Year 8 students explore poetry and learn about some of the classical authors such as Dickens, Bronte. Meanwhile, in Year 9 pupils look at Shakespeare in depth, including language, and read texts from Richard III, Macbeth, or Romeo and Juliet. At Key Stage 3 students are assessed in various ways such as reading, writing, and spoken English. To further explore the Key Stage 3 Curriculum click the link below:
Key Stage 4
The English Department follows the WJEC syllabus for GCSE English Language and English Literature. Students in A1 and A2 study English Language and English Literature. Students will sit their GCSE English Exams at the end of Year 11.
Skills studied in Key Stage 4:
Narrative and Descriptive Writing
Shakespeare and Poetry
Other Cultures Prose – Of Mice and Men (English only students)
Pupils studying English Literature will study from a range of the following:
- Of Mice and Men
- Hobson’s Choice
- An Inspector Calls
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- A Christmas Carol
- Great Expectations
- Blood Brothers