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25/09/20

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin https://t.co/nJZQ77nVCF. We wish you all a safe and happy weekend! https://t.co/RVj86EepUl

23/09/20

Our after school PE Clubs are up and running on a Tuesday (Year 7) and Thursday (Year 8). They cost you nothing and are a great way for your son/daughter to make new friends as well as develop their sporting skills! Click here for further details https://t.co/jBth9Npw65 https://t.co/Qsv6KPRCBA

23/09/20

Parents and carers-please click here https://t.co/KcKCiQf5BZ to view a letter from Public Health England regarding symptoms. https://t.co/iLc0MspqqA

23/09/20

Our new Head of Music, Mrs Gardner, has been teaching our Year 8 students how to play the 12 bar blues in the Music Room today 🎶 If your child is interested in having private instrumental lessons whilst please email catherine.gardner.org.uk for details. https://t.co/6NSSpIRrZt

22/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Y7 students working on their shooting today at our 1st netball club! There will be lots of fun games, netball activities & matches so grab a friend and come along! Y7 clubs run on a Tuesday/Y8 on a Thursday. Check out the boards in PE or ask your SAM! https://t.co/Crk2t4R8gM

22/09/20

Thank you to everyone who has already supported the campaign by donating much needed hygiene items for refugees in need. Staff will be at the school gates every morning this week and next, ready to accept your donations.#Moriacamp https://t.co/yarMnpbDSJ

22/09/20

Year 7 Parents/Carers- please find a link to the Year 7 Information Evening presentation https://t.co/dOn2lJ2mOi. We hope you find it helpful! Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. https://t.co/JNztvEMa6v

22/09/20

An update for our Year 10 and 11 students - please note that the East Surrey College Open Event, due to take place tomorrow, has unfortunately had to be cancelled. https://t.co/Q0Yck990Zu

22/09/20

Click here https://t.co/nMcf3Bg0Em to register your interest in our Virtual Open Event. We look forward to giving you an insight into what makes such a unique and special place to work and learn. https://t.co/uBYBl2rGvl

18/09/20

Please join us for our Virtual Open Event on Thursday 8 October and see what makes such a special place to work and learn. Register your interest here: https://t.co/nMcf3Bg0Em and we’ll let you know as soon as our Virtual Open Event goes live. https://t.co/MqbVXTl9kr

18/09/20

If you would like to join us in supporting the campaign by supplying much needed hygiene items to refugees in need, staff will be at the school gates every morning next week to accept your donations https://t.co/gLfDwX109I

18/09/20

Parents/carers - our weekly news bulletin has just been sent via ParentMail and can also be viewed on our website https://t.co/RCb3EXoOgs. We wish the entire de Stafford community a fantastic weekend! https://t.co/MF1HBCODQx

17/09/20

Retweeted From GLF Schools’ Careers

It's National Teaching Assistant Day! A day to celebrate the wonderful, dedicated teaching assistants we have across the Trust - thank you for everything you do for our children. Want to join them? Click below for more details! https://t.co/lETfMzMUaH

14/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford Jenkins Centre

How wonderful to be back with our students. Transition groups, Drawing and Talking and social skills all taking place as if we'd never been away.

14/09/20

📢Parents/Carers - please find a link to our weekly news bulletin https://t.co/Hr2yFaJoJy. We will be sending these out every Friday afternoon via and they can also be found on our website here: https://t.co/RCb3EXoOgs https://t.co/O600hYs6Fz

10/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

First theory lesson for Y9 Sports Studies! Students have been tasked with designing a brand new sport, focusing on rules and regulations ⚽️ 🎾 https://t.co/eWV7noiakj

09/09/20

Retweeted From East Surrey College

🎊 We're still OPEN for enrolments! Undecided on your options? We'd love to have you on a Full-time course! We're welcoming walk-in enrolments, so bring your quals and docs, and get your next steps sorted! ✅ Browse our Full-time courses for inspiration at https://t.co/Z62cY3JDzA https://t.co/q3KIFqu14T

08/09/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

We are aware of the delays with Hewitts in delivering PE kit! If you are affected, please don’t panic! Just bring in other appropriate kit (plain black top, black shorts / trackies) until it arrives 🤸🏽‍♂️⛹🏽‍♂️🏓🎾⚽️🏀🏐🏉🥏🥎🥍🏑🥊🤾🏾‍♀️🧘🏼‍♀️🤽🏾‍♂️

07/09/20

We are aware that there is an issue with the Scopay website and some parents/carers have been unable to add funds to their son/daughter's account. Please be assured that ALL students will still be able to purchase food and drink whilst we wait for the issue to be resolved.

04/09/20

We are very excited to welcome all year groups back to school on Monday (on their week 1 timetable). A reminder of the timings: Years 7 - 9: 8:30am to 3:15pm Years 10 and 11: 8:50am (straight to period 1) to 3:35pm (SAM time at end of day). https://t.co/aJo3XhCV2r

Head of Department: Jess Smith
email: jessica.smith@destafford.org.uk

At de Stafford, the English team seeks to inspire a love of language and literature, and to provide all pupils with the skills necessary to communicate effectively, thus enabling them to reach their true potential.

Key Stage 3 English

Students study English for 4 hours per week in Years 7 and 8. Years 7 and 8 spend one of their lessons undertaking Accelerated Reader. Moreover, the literacy skills taught during English lessons underpin learning across the curriculum. The students study the following topics:

  • A modern novel
  • A heritage novel
  • Seminal world literature
  • Short stories
  • A range of poetry, both contemporary and heritage
  • Two Shakespeare plays
  • Creative writing
  • Media and non-fiction
  • Speaking and listening

Each topic is designed to be enjoyable and engaging at the same time as maintaining academic rigour. The Key Stage 3 course dovetails slickly with the GCSE syllabi in Literature and Language through the use of common assessment focuses. 
Students are expected to complete at least one piece of homework each week. Part of this requirement will be fulfilled through the revision of spelling lists. 
Extra-curricular opportunities are various: the team regularly runs competitions in creative writing and poetry; there is an annual Carnegie Prize shadowing club; where possible, students are invited to attend theatre productions that are relevant to class set texts.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

During the first half term, students undertake a creative writing project. This is called “Spirit of Adventure” and students use their imagination to construct descriptions. The next unit requires students to analyse contemporary relationship poetry. Following this, students read “Lord of the Flies” and complete an essay. Non-fiction is the theme for the Year 7 exam and this is taught after Easter. The works of Shakespeare are introduced with either “Merchant of Venice,” “Macbeth” or “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Year 8

To begin the year, students are re-introduced to non-fiction reading and writing. We undertake an introduction to the world of Media Studies prior to the students choosing their option subjects for GCSE. Media Studies and English have some important links, particularly in the areas of textual analysis and characters and themes. Year 8s are required to read and analyse poetry from different cultures in the spring term. The term is completed with a reading of the short stories of Roald Dahl, including “The Landlady” and “Lamb to the Slaughter”. Of course, spelling, punctuation and grammar are a focus throughout. The plight of the Jews is a focus in the reading of the play, “Kindertransport” after Easter. Here students learn to embed a consideration of context into their analysis of a text. “Of Mice and Men”- written by Nobel Prize winner, John Steinbeck - is an example of the seminal world literature that de Stafford students encounter.

 

Key Stage 4 English

English Literature and Language are studied by all students in Years 10 and 11 at de Stafford. Under the new GCSE grading system, a level 5 or above would indicate to most employers and further education institutions that the student has a level of literacy that is sufficient to enable them to progress to further study or work.

In Years 10 and 11, students study English for four hours per week. The Literature qualification for teaching from 2015 requires students to study texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Year 9

The exciting world of Gothic literature is introduced at the beginning of the year. The pre-1914 element for Year 9 is the study of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens which is the first set text for the GCSE. They will then encounter pre-1914 texts through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales of Sherlock Holmes. They are required to engage with voice, characters, structure, language and themes here. Following this, a “Romeo and Juliet” brief unit introduces the students to their second GCSE text. The reading and writing of fiction are taught after Easter. Finally, students engage with poetry from World War One which prepares them for analysing unseen poetry and the context for the anthology poems later on.

Year 10

We begin the GCSE course with a more comprehensive study of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. Students are taught the assessment objectives for their course and they are assessed throughout with these in mind. During the first term, students will be given an anthology of poetry which contains contemporary works and poetry from the British literary heritage. These, along with “An Inspector Calls”, are studied for the Literature GCSE. Our fourth half term is used to practise the analysis of non-fiction from 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. We finish the year with an analysis of unseen poetry and the reading of extracts from fiction since 19th century. Throughout the year, students continually practise writing fiction and non-fiction. Literacy is an important focus in English lessons.

Year 11

Year 11 in English is a consolidation year. We return to the set texts, re-reading and enhancing analysis skills for GCSE English Literature. Year 11s will begin their final year with practising the reading and writing skills that they will need to have mastered for their GCSE Language exams. They will delve deeper into “An Inspector Calls during this term. Repetition of reading and analysis enables the students to commit to memory the necessary information: this is extremely important with closed book exams. The students are taught to consider thematic and technical links between the anthology poems. We return to “A Christmas Carol,” which they read first in Year 9, just before the winter break. In the spring, students re-visit “Romeo and Juliet” and the English Language non-fiction paper. In the final term, students sit their GCSE exams.

 

The Literature and Language courses are assessed through a total of four terminal examinations and a separate oral assessment. The requirements for the new GCSE curriculum in English Literature and Language are met through studying the following topics:

  • A Shakespeare play
  • A modern play
  • A range of poetry which includes Romantic works
  • A novel from the English literary heritage
  • Spoken language
  • Non-fiction reading and writing
  • Fiction reading and writing

We currently follow the AQA syllabi.

Extended learning, which is completed outside of the classroom, is an important part of this GCSE course.

There are many extra-curricular activities which support students’ learning in this subject. Examples of these are the excursion to the World War I battlefields, the Carnegie shadowing club, Book Buddies and the Young Shakespeare production.

Studying GCSE English Literature and Language leads directly to A Levels in these subjects. It also prepares students to undertake further study in any subject which requires extensive written communication.