Our English faculty aims to equip students to be critical readers, convincing writers and articulate speakers.  We do this through a dynamic, varied and demanding curriculum alongside an active programme of enrichment activities such as poetry competitions, author visits and school trips.

We very much see the library as part of the English department at Oathall. As a team, we aim to promote the love of reading and encourage class discussion about what we read. All students in year 7,8 and 9 are enrolled into the ‘Accelerated Reader’ scheme. For more information on this, see here.

 Key Stage Three

Students are given the opportunity to read a wide variety of texts and are also encouraged to read for pleasure. We study a range of different texts such as short stories, poems, autobiographies and plays by a diverse range of authors.

In terms of writing skills, students complete narrative and descriptive writing tasks as well as exploring their thoughts and feelings within poetry and transactional writing. 

Speaking and Listening is an essential skill in modern life and students are given many opportunities to practise speaking in groups or pairs, consider the views of others and give constructive feedback.

Key Stage Four

All students will study both English Language and Literature to GCSE level.

English Language and Literature

In Key Stage 4, students write using figurative language (narrative and descriptive writing), read fiction (different cultures, prose, Shakespeare and poetry) and work on their Speaking and Listening skills.  

They also explore transactional writing, the spoken language, speaking and listening, non-fiction, literature texts (play and prose selected from the AQA exam board list).

Useful links for students

AQA English language GCSE – 8700

AQA English literature GCSE – 8702

Reading List – Preparing for Literature A Level

Spark Notes

BBC Bitesize – English Language

BB Bitesize – English Literature