At Park Academy West London (PAWL), we believe English is the best subject to study and immerse yourself in and we want all our students to think so too. The skills acquired and developed within English lessons have a positive impact that permeates a student’s entire curriculum. Students, throughout their seven years at PAWL, are provided with the opportunity to access, analyse and question high quality literature, whilst being able to debate, discuss and challenge perceptions and ideas. We have high expectations of our students – setting challenging schemes of learning in our rich curriculum – and wish to ensure that they are ready for life beyond the Academy’s walls. Alongside our curriculum we also offer opportunities for students to enjoy English through our extra curricular clubs and activities. These range from a weekly book club, to public speaking events through guest speakers and workshops, creative writing competitions and theatre trips.
We aim to foster a love of reading starting with our Drop Everything and Read periods in Year 7 and 8, which occur throughout the week in all subjects, and extends beyond the academy to forming a lifelong reading habit. We are lucky to have a department library and students are given access to this during break times, as well as scheduled library lessons which students are timetabled for fortnightly.
Throughout Key Stage 3, we seek to build on student knowledge year by year to guide students to understand that authorial intention is key to being able to critically appreciate a text. We have created a curriculum that clearly demonstrates visible and necessary links between Key Stage 3 and GCSE, by supporting students to begin to comprehend and explore a series of fundamental, universal and timeless themes which influence us as members of society; for example class divide, gender boundaries, abuse of power and relationships. In Year 7 and 8 students participate in our innovative 21st century ATL programme which has English subject knowledge at its core and allows students to learn in a transdiciplinary curriculum.
Key Stage 4
AQA English Language
- Paper1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (1 hour 45 minutes) (50%)
- Paper 2: Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives (1 hour 45 minutes) (50%)
NEA Spoken Language Endorsement
AQA English Literature
- Paper 1: Shakespeare and 19th century novel (1 hour 45 minutes) (40%)
- Paper 2: Modern Text and Poetry since 1789 (2 hours 15 minutes) (60%)
Our set texts are: Macbeth, An Inspector Calls, A Christmas Carol and Conflict Poetry.
Key Stage 5
AQA Advanced Level English Literature Specification B
- Paper 1: Literacy Genres (2 hours 30 minutes) (40%)
- Paper 2: Texts and Genres (3 hours) (40%)
- Paper 3: Non examined assessment (20%)
In Year 12 students study texts that focus on Aspects of Tragedy and will study the set texts of: Othello, The Death of a Salemans, Poetry of John Keats and Christina Rossetti. In Year 13 students will look at texts with the theme of Political and Social Protest. The set texts are The Kite Runner, A Doll’s House and poetry of William Blake. Students also have the opportunity to complete two pieces of independent coursework.
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