Balshaw’s Church of England High School

English

English Department Staff

For more information about the Subject curriculum, please contact: Mrs D Dolman.

  • Mrs D Dolman - Curriculum Leader
  • Mr L Duckworth - Second in Department
  • Mrs L Bache - English Teacher and Curriculum Leader for Drama
  • Mrs M Carr - English Teacher (Part-time)
  • Mrs C Cornwell - English Teacher
  • Mrs L Dudley - English and MFL Teacher
  • Mrs G Henderson - English Teacher and whole school Literacy Co-ordinator
  • Mrs L Marsh - English Teacher and Media Studies
  • Miss F McCutcheon - English Teacher
  • Mrs M Rogerson - SENDCO and English Teacher

 

Curriculum

The English Department Key Stage 3 Schemes of Work

For September 2019, the department has carried out a review and update of Key Stage 3 schemes of work. In order to ensure effective transition from primary school, members of the department have visited a number of our feeder primary schools to look at the excellent work taking place there. In addition, 2019 sees the launch of our first ‘Transition Unit’.  All Year 6 students were given a copy of ‘Sky Dancer’ by Gill Lewis to read over the summer, with activities to complete and continue with upon starting high school.

Our Key Stage 3 schemes include major works of literature, including Shakespeare and Dickens and a range of other texts from classic to current writers. Through a variety of texts, we explore the key question ‘How does the writer engage or influence readers?’, leading to students, as writers, developing ways to engage or influence readers.

Balshaw’s ‘Life after Levels’ assessment structure consists of six key strands in both reading and writing. Each of these are assessed at the end of the year using the EDUQAS Key Stage 3 tests in reading and writing, which aid transition between Key Stages 2, 3 and 4.

In addition, we aim to foster a love of reading: 

  • By sharing challenging and enabling texts, some of which students may not access otherwise, with the aim of engaging students in reading for pleasure
  • By insisting on regular private reading and sharing and modelling a love of reading, in order to inspire students to read widely

Please use the following links for more information about the range of topics covered at Key Stage 3:

The English Department Key Stage 4 Schemes of Work

The department follows the EDUQAS GCSE English course for English Language and Literature and also offers EDUQAS GCSE Media Studies as an option subject.

Year 11 English Revision Materials

GCSE English Language

GCSE English Language and Literature

The English Department also takes part in a variety of internal and external extension activities such as The Young Writers’ Club (Valentine’s Day poetry competition, Grimm Tales competition), Rotary Youth Speaks and a variety of Year 10 AGT events at Runshaw College. Year 7/8/9 take part in AGT activities linked with other subjects to develop transferable skills such as problem solving, communication, creative and critical thinking and teamwork.

We also share live theatre experiences with the students, for example in December 2018, the whole of year 11 watched a live production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ in school and visits to the theatre also enhance students’ experience and understanding. The librarian also organises an induction lesson for all students to assist with their transition to Key Stage 3 and, alongside our independent reading in class, this creates strong links between the English Department and the Learning Resource Centre.