The English Department at Mildenhall College Academy offers all students the opportunity to develop the practical language skills they will need throughout their careers at the same time as expanding their appreciation and understanding of literature. We want our students to build their confidence and skills in writing, reading and speaking and listening and share our enthusiasm for English Literature.
Comprising nine subject specialists, our Department shares a passion for English and a commitment to innovative and varied teaching. All Schemes of Work, including dynamic, differentiated individual lessons, are shared using the new Smart software for Interactive Whiteboards. This fosters the team approach which characterizes the department and ensures that lessons are varied, stimulating and challenging for the students at all levels. Record keeping and data tracking are meticulously observed so that every child is monitored for progress and help can be offered at the appropriate stage. Our team members are keen to share good practice and aspire to outstanding teaching and learning for all classes.
Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8
In Years 7 and 8 our students study a varied range of topics with the aim of introducing all the main strands of both English Language and Literature. Units covered include Non-Fiction writing, novels, two Shakespeare plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest, Poetry, Plays and Media and Moving Image. Speaking and Listening is also developed over the two years. Students can receive small group support and extra literacy lessons to support their progress over the two years
Key Stage 4: Years 9 – 11
All students follow the Edexcel English Language and English Literature GCSE courses. The course covers a broad and varied range of tasks and texts including 19th, 20th and 21st century texts. English Literature students are examined on Macbeth, a 19th Century Novel, a post 1914 novel or play and studied and unseen poetry. Students also complete a Speaking and Listening qualification which allows students to gain a Pass, Merit or Distinction.
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Sixth Form: Years 12 and 13
The syllabus taught is the two year AQA Specification B for English Literature. In the first year, students study two drama texts Twelfth Night and The Importance of Being Earnest, the novel Emma by Jane Austen and the Poetry of William Blake. This is in preparation for Paper 1 Literary Genres: Aspects of Comedy. In Year 13, students continue with their study of Blake and their analysis of ‘unseen’ texts. They also begin preparation for Paper 2 Texts and Genres: Elements of political writing by studying Henry 1V Part 1, and Crace’s Harvest. The A Level includes NEA (formerly coursework); students will study a collection of short stories and the poetry of T S Eliot.