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English

The English Department

 

Hello, I’m Miss J. Fuller. I oversee English, Interventions and Progress here at Egerton. I am passionate about helping young people develop their confidence and skills in English and motivating them to achieve their very best. Outside of teaching, I love to surf, go to yoga, and read! My favourite books include The Kiterunner by Khaled Hosseini, Homegoing by Ya Gyasi, and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I also enjoy travelling to places that have different cultures from ours and have spent time teaching abroad in Cambodia. 

 

Hello, I’m Mr Reilly, one of the English teachers here at Egerton. 

Given the right academic and emotional support, young people from all backgrounds can achieve great things. This belief shapes how I teach, from the way I plan and deliver lessons to the feedback I give to students. When I came to work at Egerton in November of last year, I was welcomed by a friendly and dedicated team all working hard towards a common goal; ensuring that students are developing both academically and as human beings. It’s a great community to be a part of.  Outside of school I’m interested in lots of things - music, art, film, football, food. My favourite books include One Hundred Years of Solitude, Catch 22 and anything by Graham Greene.  

 

Hi, I'm Miss. R. Smith. I am currently positioned within the English department, helping students to reach their full potential in this subject. I am involved in 1:1 interventions with students in which we focus on their reading, writing and comprehension skills. I aim to promote reading for pleasure among our learners and to enhance  literacy skills to maximise outcomes throughout the curriculum. I also enjoy practicing mindfulness and delivering sessions to our KS3 students. Outside of school, I take pleasure in being outdoors and staying active. I love music and writing songs is a great creative outlet for me. Reading is also something I find to be relaxing; my favorite book is 'Into The Wild' by Jon Krakauer. SAS who dares wins is my favorite TV program and an aspiration of mine is to complete the 'Three Peak Challenge'.

 

 

Key Stage 3

Here at Egerton High School our Key Stage 3 curriculum is broadly theme based, building on general knowledge of the theme from other subject areas whilst maintaining a focus on reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. We aim to put quality texts at the heart of our curriculum and encourage students to read for pleasure. At Key Stage 3, our aim is to increase progression in literacy as well as to inspire learners with creative writing and reading from a range of genres and time periods. Students are challenged yet highly supported in lessons, and work is planned to encourage confidence and independence.

 

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students build upon their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills gained at Key Stage 3, and they will deepen their analytical abilities through the study of challenging and varied texts ranging from the 19th to 21st century. Students will learn how to write fiction and non-fiction texts for specific audiences and purposes using engaging stimulus such as, for example, inspiring speeches, film, art and photographs.

We currently follow the AQA GCSE English Language (8700) specification.  All students are entered for GCSE at the end of Year 11 and will also complete the OCR Entry Level Certificate where they will be awarded up to Level 3.  Students will be assessed regularly and will complete mock exams to prepare them for their final exams in year 11. 

Example Work

Year 11 English Language GCSE

 

We are so proud of our Year 11 students who have been demonstrating an excellent work ethic and positive attitude towards their GCSE. The demand of the new specification means that students have to study difficult non-fiction texts and analyse a writer's viewpoint and use of language. They then have to write up their responses in a clear, academic manner. 

 

In order to practise this skill, we started to examine the viewpoints presented in tweets. Once students had mastered the ability to compare perspectives, we started to apply this skill to challenging texts from past papers. 

 

All students worked hard, despite the challenge of the question, and produced impressive essays. Well done for your phenomenal efforts! 

 

 

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Halloween Writing Competition 

 

This year, we ran our first ever whole school writing competition, and students had the opportunity to create the opening of a spooky story. We were so impressed to receive twenty one applications, and it was a difficult decision for the judges to choose the top three! Well done to DB, LW and KP who won first, second, and third place, and had their stories read out in assembly! Also, a huge congratulations to everyone who entered. The quality of writing was really high and it was fantastic to see so many students applying the skills and techniques that they have learnt in lessons. We can't wait for next term's competition. 

 

Please see below to read some of the stories!

 

 

Nurture 3 did a wonderful job creating blackout poetry with some challenging Gothic texts.

Nurture 3 did a wonderful job creating blackout poetry with some challenging Gothic texts. 1
Nurture 3 did a wonderful job creating blackout poetry with some challenging Gothic texts. 2
Nurture 3 did a wonderful job creating blackout poetry with some challenging Gothic texts. 3
Nurture 3 did a wonderful job creating blackout poetry with some challenging Gothic texts. 4

Nurture 3 have been working hard at developing their close reading and creative writing skills.

Nurture 3 have been working hard at developing their close reading and creative writing skills. 1
Nurture 3 have been working hard at developing their close reading and creative writing skills. 2
Nurture 3 have been working hard at developing their close reading and creative writing skills. 3

Our KS4 students enjoyed reading Of Mice and Men and analysing Steinbeck's use of language.

Our KS4 students enjoyed reading Of Mice and Men and analysing Steinbeck's use of language.  1
Our KS4 students enjoyed reading Of Mice and Men and analysing Steinbeck's use of language.  2
Our KS4 students enjoyed reading Of Mice and Men and analysing Steinbeck's use of language.  3
Our KS4 students enjoyed reading Of Mice and Men and analysing Steinbeck's use of language.  4
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