English and Literacy are the skills needed to function in the ‘real’ world; the world beyond the Academy. Being skilled in English and literacy allows us to THINK, COMMUNICATE and COMPREHEND in a variety of situations, thus enabling us success in whichever path we choose.

The most literate student can adapt their spoken and written literacy to match purpose, audience and context without exception, which is at the heart of the English department’s motivation and vision.

The English department are committed to providing a curriculum which provides for the needs and the progress of all students, regardless of ability, gender or background. Developing literacy and communication skills which will support our students in the future world of work is at the heart of everything we do, alongside generating a love of literature, culture and creativity.

Students secure skills in the core elements of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing, whilst developing an enquiring mind and enabling them to explore new areas of expertise, whatever their starting point. Students will experience a broad and challenging curriculum encompassing all aspects of the diversity and creativity of English, in particular the cultural importance of English Literature. Fiction, short stories, drama and poetry invite an immersive learning experience to capture the heart and mind.

English Department

NameInitialsE-mailTelephone
Mr Jamie DunnJEDjdunn@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1032
Mrs Jane BellJEBjbell@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1080
Miss Daniela CesaranoDCdcesarano@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1069
Miss Natasha Craggs NCncraggs@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1080
Mrs Natalie Hodgson NHOnhodgson@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1080
Mr Robert KenmureRKrkenmure@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1080
Ms Sally Kitching SKskitching@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1080
Miss Amy LewisALalewis@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1080
Ms Jennifer LoughranJLjloughran@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1080
Mr Chris LovellCLclovell@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1080
Ms Faye LumleyFLflumley@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1080
Miss Kerry Norman KENknorman@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1080
Mr Andrew Pendlington APapendlington@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1080
Mr Matthew PendlingtonMPmpendlington@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1080
Mr Barrie PorterBPbporter@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1080
Ms Rachael RobinsonRRrrobinson@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1080
Ms Karin van der HeydenKVHkvanderheyden@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1080
Mrs Rachel WilkinsonRWrwilkinson@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1031

Year 6 Transition

Year 6 students spend their transition weeks at Nunthorpe Academy studying and exploring skills in persuasive writing. From working closely with local primary schools, persuasive writing provides a fluid transition from Key Stage 2 and creates a further layer of development as students’ progress to KS3 English. Within the scheme of persuasive writing, the students will learn key skills and terminology on how to persuade and also how to create a persuasive speech, which they will then perform.

Key stage 3

Programme of study

The KS3 English curriculum provides the foundation for the GSCE Literature and Language exams that the students will take in Y11. The KS3 curriculum emphasises and embeds the key skills required to access the GCSE specification but in a fun and creative way.

The Learning Journey

Year 7

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Topic Persuasive writing Analysing extracts Novel Study: Private Peaceful Novel Study: Private Peaceful War Poetry Greek Mythology

Year 8

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Topic Novel Study: Of Mice and Men Novel Study: Of Mice and Men Travel Writing Play Study: Stone Cold Play Study: Stone Cold Shakespeare’s Villains

Year 9

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Topic Descriptive Writing Reading focus – comparison of viewports Persuasive writing Shakespeare study: Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare study: Romeo and Juliet End of Year Assessment

How are you going to be assessed?

You will be awarded a grade 1-9 throughout KS3-4 to keep in line with the new GCSE grading criteria. The assessment will be based on a GSCE question from the KS4 syllabus to embed the skills.

Grade Descriptors

The grade descriptors which will be used at KS3 can be found here.

Scheme of Work

The scheme of work which will be used at KS3 can be found here.

Key stage 4

Programme of study

All students will study English Language and English Literature (AQA) at GCSE and will develop the skills embedded from KS3 into KS4. Both subjects will be taught side by side with each other allowing the skills to be practiced multiple times throughout the course.

The Learning Journey

Literature Y10

  • Poetry Analysis – looking at power and conflict anthology as well as unseen poetry;
  • An Inspector Calls;
  • Romeo and Juliet.

Language Y10

  • Paper 1 – Explorations in creative writing and reading – skills which include language analysis of 19th Century texts and creative writing.

Literature Y11

  • A Christmas Carol;
  • Revision of previous units.

Language Y11

  • Paper 2 – Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives – skills which include synthesis of 19th and 21st Century texts, comparison of viewpoints and persuasive writing;
  • Revision of previous units.

Examinations

At the end of Y11, students will sit four exams. Two exams will be focused on language (Paper 1 and Paper 2) and two exams will be focus on literature (Shakespeare/A Christmas Carol and An Inspector Calls/Poetry). There is no controlled assessment or coursework.

Grade Descriptors

The grade descriptors which will be used at KS4 can be found here.

Scheme of Work

The scheme of work which will be used at KS4 can be found here.

Key stage 5

Programme of study

At Nunthorpe Academy, we offer the students the chance to study A Level Literature and A Level Language. Both subjects are reformed subjects therefore the students will sit the exams at the end of the two-year course.

The Learning Journey

Literature
A Level Literature follows the OCR syllabus for the full A Level qualification. Throughout the two years, students will access and study a range of texts from different perspectives and ideas as well as doing an independent piece of coursework focusing on three texts of their choice in Y13.

Year 12 Year 13
English Literature Topics The Bloody Chamber, Hamlet, Rossetti, Streetcar Named Desire Hamlet, Duchess of Malfi, Rossetti, Gothic Literature, Independent Coursework

Language
A Level Language follows the AQA syllabus for the full A Level qualification. Throughout the two years, students will analyse different forms of language from spoken, written to electronic. They will also look at different frameworks of language such as gender, power and occupation. As well as the two exams, students will also complete an independent piece of coursework investigating a part of the English language they are most interested in.

Year 12 Year 13
English Language Analysing texts for representation and meaning, Data analysis, Creative writing Child Language Acquisition, Language Change, Creative Writing, Analysing texts for representation and meaning, Data analysis, Independent coursework

Grade Descriptors

The grade descriptors which will be used at KS5 can be found here.

Job prospects

Most universities favour an English A Level whether that be Literature or Language due to the skills that it develops in the students. For example, communication skills, fluency in writing, analytical skills and independent research. Such skills lend themselves to a plethora of careers such as journalism, teaching, publishing, etc.