Welcome to the DWC’s English Department page. Through this page, we hope to give you a brief overview of our courses and student work.
In accordance with the overarching aims and objectives of the British National Curriculum, a plethora of increasingly challenging as well as inspiring texts or educational resources are deployed to promote a high standard of literacy. More specifically, considering the overwhelming importance of linguistic acquisition, we:
At both Key Stage 3 & 4, the delivery of lessons is focused on the development of core linguistic skills within five major strands: Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing, and Literary Appreciation. Progress is measured and assessed following the standardised National Curriculum 9-1 grading scale [A*-G]. Each unit of work contains core assessments focuses which address a variety of skills. All schemes of work have clear learning objectives.
Schemes of Work (SOW) at KS3 are designed specifically to help students develop the core skills they will need to confidently cope with the demands of IGCSE examinations. In like manner, Units / SOW at Key Stage 4 are shaped largely by the syllabus of Pearson Edexcel IGCSE.
SoW are designed to cater for diverse learning abilities and offer forums for a rich range of teaching-learning experiences while creating opportunities for students to enjoy English studies; acquire higher level transferable skills, achieve top grades in IGCSE examinations, and ultimately cope with the dynamism of the society they may find themselves in.
Furthermore, SoW are designed to make students enthusiastic about linguistic and literary studies. It therefore draws on a wide range of stimulus material in order to engage students’ interest, motivation them and achieve invaluable learning experiences.
In both KS3 and KS4, lessons are delivered using stimulating resources of various genre to enable students enjoy English studies and at the same time thoroughly fulfil the demands of Edexcel IGCSE examination. There is a lot of focus on syntax, semantics, mechanics, stylistics, and the four writing triplets which are writing to:
Year 7: John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Anthologies (prose and poetry), Media Texts, John Reynolds’ Checkpoint English 1, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for KS3 (CGP), etc.
Year 8: Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses, Robert Swindell’s Stone Cold, Witi Ihimaera’s The Whale Rider, William Shakespeare’s Tempest, Anthologies (prose and poetry), Media Texts, John Reynolds’ Checkpoint English 2, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for KS3 (CGP), etc.
Year 9: Veronica Roth’s Divergent, George Orwell’s Animal Farm, William Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing, Anthologies (prose and poetry), Media Texts, John Reynolds’ Checkpoint English 3, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for KS3 (CGP), etc.
Year 10 and 11: J. B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, Pam Taylor’s Edexcel English A & B, Pam Taylor’s Edexcel English Literature, Anthologies (prose and poetry), Media Texts, etc.
For internal assessment in KS3, it is a unique fussion of Checkpoint English and Edexcel IGCSE pattern of examination.
Internal assessments in KS4 strictly follow Edexcel IGCSE English Language Specification B and Literature examination patterns. At the end of KS4, all students sit for Edexcel IGCSE English Language and Literature examinations.