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English & Media

English and Media Faculty

Mrs E Attrik- attrike@denbigh.net
Mrs J Booth- boothj@denbigh.net
Mrs S Brawn- brawns@denbigh.net
Mrs H Brown- brownh@denbigh.net
Mrs R Davis- davisr@denbigh.net
Miss L Dolling- dollingl@denbigh.net
Miss S Ford- fords@denbigh.net
Mr S Guyver- guyvers@denbigh.net
Miss V Lambert- lambertv@denbigh.net
Mr L Looker- lookerl@denbigh.net
Miss K O’brien- obrienk@denbigh.net
Ms S Patel- patelsu@denbigh.net
Ms A Stevenson- stevensonam@denbigh.net
Mrs S Vallance-Kirby- vallance-kirbys@denbigh.net
Mr S Williams- williamsst@denbigh.net

Faculty Introduction

Staff in the English and Media Faculty work closely together as a team to ensure that lessons across the school are consistently challenging and engaging.

Schemes of Learning

Each faculty has developed a Scheme of Learning for each subject and year group. The Schemes of Learning outline the curriculum journey that students will embark on each academic year.

English

Media

Key Words for Year 7 English – Spring

Key TermDefinition
TyrantCruel and oppressive ruler.
CoronerAn official who holds inquests into violent, sudden, or suspicious deaths, and (in Britain) inquiries into cases of treasure trove.
SallowOf a person’s face or complexion) of an unhealthy yellow or pale brown colour.
OstensiblyAs appears or is stated to be true, though not necessarily so; apparently.
OblivionThe state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening around one.
ChasmsA deep fissure in the earth’s surface. a profound difference between people, viewpoints, feelings, etc
LanguorouslyTiredness or inactivity, especially when pleasurable. An oppressive stillness of the air.
LethargicAffected by lethargy; sluggish and apathetic.
SombreDark or dull in colour or tone. having or conveying a feeling of deep seriousness and sadness.
GallantOf a person or their behaviour) brave; heroic. (of a man) Charmingly attentive and chivalrous to women.
EloquenceFluent or persuasive speaking or writing.
PiousDevoutly religious. (of a hope) sincere but unlikely to be fulfilled.
ImpertinentNot showing proper respect; rude. not pertinent to a particular matter; irrelevant.
SolicitousCharacterised by or showing interest or concern.

Key Words for Year 8 English – Spring

Key TermDefinition
NaïveA person or action showing a lack of experience, or wisdom.
FickleA person who changes their mind a lot.
TragicMeans disastrous.
FrivolousMeans foolish and carefree.
NemesisA rival or enemy.
MeddlingTo interfere in something that is not your business.
DestinySomething that will happen in the future.
BoisterousLoud, cheerful and energetic.
AmorousShowing a physical love and fondness.
BoastfulShowing off and bragging about something you have done or own.
FutileA waste of time and effort. It is pointless.
MelodramaticExaggerated and over emotional.
RecklessSomeone who doesn’t think about the consequence of their actions.
FeudA long and bitter argument or quarrel.
SoliloquyA speech in a play in which a character who is alone on stage talks about their thoughts or feelings.

English

Year 7

Autumn 1st half termThe Tempest
Reading and Writing fiction texts
Autumn 2nd half termThe Tempest
Reading and Writing fiction texts
Spring 1st half termThe Ruby in the Smoke
Reading and Writing non-fiction texts
Spring 2nd half termThe Ruby in the Smoke
Reading and Writing non-fiction texts
Summer 1st half termGothic Literature
Reading and Writing fiction texts
Summer 2nd half termPoetry

Year 8

Autumn 1st half termAnimal Farm
Reading and Writing non-fiction
Autumn 2nd half termAnimal Farm
Reading and Writing non-fiction
Spring 1st half termRomeo & Juliet
Reading and Writing fiction
Spring 2nd half termRomeo & Juliet
Reading and Writing fiction
Summer 1st half termComparing non-fiction texts
Summer 2nd half termPoetry

Year 9

Autumn 1st half termWar Poetry
Reading and Writing fiction
Autumn 2nd half termWar Poetry
Reading and Writing fiction
Spring 1st half termModern Drama – Blood Brothers or DNA
Spring 2nd half termLanguage Skills: Non – Fiction
Summer 1st half termShakespeare – Hamlet or A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Summer 2nd half termLanguage Skills: Fiction

Year 10

Autumn 1st half termA Christmas Carol, Language Paper 1
Autumn 2nd half termA Christmas Carol, Language Paper 1
Spring 1st half termMacbeth, Language Paper 2
Spring 2nd half termMacbeth, Language Paper 2
Summer 1st half termYear 10 Exams:
An Inspector Calls
Summer 2nd half termAn Inspector Calls
Creative and Non-Fiction writing
Speaking and Listening

Year 11

Autumn 1st half termAQA Anthology of Poetry, Power and Conflict, Language Paper 1 revision   
Autumn 2nd half termAQA Anthology of Poetry, Power and Conflict, Unseen Poetry, Language Paper 2 revision   
Spring 1st half termRevision of a Christmas Carol, Macbeth, Language Paper 1
Spring 2nd half termRevision of Anthology Poetry, Unseen Poetry, An Inspector Calls and Language Paper 2 
Summer 1st half termRevision
Summer 2nd half termPublic Examinations

Year 12

A Level LiteratureA Level Literature & Language
Autumn 1st half termA Streetcar Named Desire
Frankenstein 
The Great Gatsby
Non-Fiction Anthology 
Autumn 2nd half termA Streetcar Named Desire 
Poems of the Decade 
Frankenstein 
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Great Gatsby
Non-Fiction Anthology 
Spring 1st half termPoems of the Decade 
The Handmaid’s Tale 
Poetry – Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy
Non-Fiction Anthology
Spring 2nd half termPoems of the Decade 
The Handmaid’s Tale 
Poetry – Rapture by Carol Ann Duffy
Non-Fiction Anthology
Summer 1st half termRevision for Year 12 exams Revision for Year 12 exams 
Summer 2nd half termOthello
The Wife of Bath’s Tale
Coursework

Year 13

A Level LiteratureA Level Literature & Language
Autumn 1st half termCoursework text teaching 
Outline draft and writing
A Streetcar Named Desire 
Coursework 
Autumn 2nd half termOthello and the Wife of Bath’s TaleA Streetcar Named Desire
The Great Gatsby
Spring 1st half termCoursework Writing A Streetcar Named Desire 
Coursework 
Spring 2nd half termRevision of:
• A Streetcar Named Desire
• The Wife of Bath’s Tale
A Streetcar Named Desire
The Great Gatsby
Summer 1st half termRevision Prose
Poetry and Drama 
Revision
Summer 2nd half termPublic ExaminationsPublic Examinations

Media

Year 10

Autumn 1st half termMedia Language
Television
Autumn 2nd half termTelevision
Cuffs
The Avengers
Spring 1st half termTelevision
The Avengers
Spring 2nd half termThe Lego Movie
Summer 1st half termYear 10 Exams
Coursework
Summer 2nd half termCoursework

Year 11

Autumn 1st half termRadio
Music
Videos
Magazines
Autumn 2nd half termMagazines
News
Spring 1st half termNews
Spring 2nd half termNews
Coursework
Summer 1st half termRevision
Summer 2nd half termPublic Examinations

Year 12

Autumn 1st half termIndustry & Audiences
Media Language & Representation
Autumn 2nd half termFilm
The Big Issue
Spring 1st half termRadio
Advertising & Marketing/Music Video
Spring 2nd half termThe Jungle Book & Video Games
News
Summer 1st half termVideo Games & Revision
News & Revision
Summer 2nd half termCoursework
Making Media

Year 13

Autumn 1st half termCoursework
The Breakfast Show & Minecraft
Music Video & Advertising
Autumn 2nd half termThe Jungle Book
TV News
Revision
Spring 1st half termPPEs
Coursework
Spring 2nd half termRevision
Summer 1st half termRevision
Summer 2nd half termPublic Examinations

Extra Curricular

In the English and Media faculty, we offer a range of extra-curricular activities for students including a Debating Club and Creative Writing Club.  We have taken part in debate competitions with other local schools and we participate in writing competitions throughout the year.   When possible, we organise theatre trips to enable students to experience first-hand the literature they are studying.  We also invite theatre groups into school to perform some of our set texts and bring them to life for our students.