English KS3 & KS4
Our English department consists of a close knit team of enthusiastic and committed specialists.
We place a strong emphasis on equal opportunity and provide an environment in which all students are encouraged to become independent in their thinking and the expression of their ideas. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning, as individuals and as part of a team, in a collaborative environment of stimulating, interactive lessons and extra-curricular enrichment activities. State-of-the-art technology - including interactive whiteboards, netbooks and iPads - is used widely across the subject and enhances the interactive experience of learning within English at Denton Community College.
At KS3, Year 7 students develop their skills within English in ability sets, allowing for differentiated learning that informs the progress of the individual child. These skills are then progressively built upon as they move forward through years 8 and 9. KS4 students follow the Cambridge IGCSE course and Edexcel English Literature, gaining two GCSEs.
Across all Key Stages, students are encouraged to maintain independent reading habits while their literary and analytical skills develop in sophistication through the study of a range of texts. Class reading includes Shakespeare and pre-twentieth century prose, while drama, poetry and modern prose are studied in preparation for examination at KS4.
English lessons at Denton Community College regularly involve speaking and listening activities to extend our students’ abilities to discuss increasingly more complex ideas and topics in both group and class discussion. Role play, drama and presentation skills continue to mature and provide students with the necessary skills for when they leave college.
Finally, students learn to express themselves in depth and detail throughout a range of styles and genre. Creative and analytical writing both become increasingly sophisticated in terms of structure, use of language and awareness of audience. Greater independence is gained in proofreading through the drafting process, as well as improved technique and confidence in response to work set under examination conditions.