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27/05/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn3j8AS Have a lovely half term break! https://t.co/QZHaMoCJXD

27/05/22

Term date reminder: half term Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June. To our students taking exams, remember to schedule in some breaks to your revision time. We look forward to seeing everyone back Monday 6 June for the final half term of the year. https://t.co/EBnoufzA50

26/05/22

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Love these - well done 👏👏👏

26/05/22

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It's amazing Can't wait to see it finished at https://t.co/ef9pS7f5W3

26/05/22

Fantastic work by all these students! https://t.co/7BlIjXu1uW

26/05/22

This half term look out for the Jubilee bunting which will be displayed as part of the celebrations Our thanks to our wonderful textiles students on their creations. https://t.co/Qe2skO322O

26/05/22

New Year 7 '22 cohort and current Year 7 and 8, reminder deadline for payment to secure iPads for the academic year 2022/2023 is Friday 3 June 2022 via ParentPay. https://t.co/QBunMJfEwm

26/05/22

Lawes Lowdown a round up of the events from this half term, produced by https://t.co/6y9xOgnhu3

26/05/22

Year 12 reminder: payment for the upcoming UCAS Convention trip is to be made by Monday 6 June 2022 https://t.co/TDY8no5XHc

26/05/22

The recording of our wonderful Jazz Night is now available to view on the school website https://t.co/32iBqLcR4x

26/05/22

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Today is National Thank a Teacher Day and SJL library would like to say thank you to all teachers, teacher assistants and support staff. If you would like to send a thank you to someone follow the link https://t.co/cjZOOPJFcV https://t.co/lSdI0Xmabk

26/05/22

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Massive thanks to the excellent hockey leaders from who officiated at the County primary schools hockey event today. https://t.co/T0YhYAP1hp

25/05/22

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Disappointingly tomorrow’s Yr10 cricket match against Beaumont has also had to be cancelled. We will now be playing RPS or SCC after half term.

25/05/22

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Looking forward to ? Check out our display for spooky reads that will take you to the Upside Down … https://t.co/drhjTKJaDj

25/05/22

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Thanks to Miss Smyth and , we now have copies of from available to read in the Library! Great for Film, Media Studies and English students 🥳 https://t.co/FblE8NTYEQ

25/05/22

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Some confusion about Yr10 cricket fixtures this week. Tomorrow’s game v Watford Boys is postponed until after half term. Sorry for the confusion!

24/05/22

2/2 Please also see Reception for any unclaimed jewellery. https://t.co/r7maXjhr2Y

24/05/22

1/2 Lost Property! We have an increasing number of glasses, pencil cases and keys in Lost Property. Owners should come to Reception to collect. Any unclaimed first week after half term will be donated/disposed of. https://t.co/vOhzVDOI0E

24/05/22

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Lettuce from the garden going into the canteen today. From plot to plate https://t.co/Ker2BaB8f0

23/05/22

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Whether GCSEs, A-Levels or university, exams can lead to a lot of anxiety for students - and the rest of the family, too. have created a list of tips for both students and parents/carers about managing exam stress. Check it out here: https://t.co/fol7lQJXJv https://t.co/KLsybp8e53

23/05/22

📢Support Vacancies 📢 Two highly sought after support vacancies currently available: Teaching Assistant full/part-time Reprographics Assistant part-time Join our friendly and professional support teams, apply now https://t.co/IzhoMPETY6 https://t.co/J8OJI7KHqL

23/05/22

🎸New lunch club 🎸 are excited to announce the introduction of SJL Guitar Group, for students in Years 7 - 9 For details of all the lunchtime co-curricular activities head to our website https://t.co/aBxfwKwsni https://t.co/eHJoWAAbQ1

23/05/22

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Best of luck to all the students out on work experience this week. It can be daunting at first to go out on work experience but it's amazing for your confidence, skills and CV and we hope you have a brilliant time. https://t.co/a6KRvFfeq2

23/05/22

Good luck to our Year 12 students who are out on work placements this week. The Year 12 team look forward to catching up with you and your employers during the course of the week

23/05/22

Thought for the Week: manners. Having manners means treating other people with courtesy and politeness, and showing correct public behaviour. https://t.co/Zb8khUXnni

22/05/22

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It's next week! Is there a teacher or support staff you want to personally thank? You can even do it anonymously if you're feeling shy 😊 Here's how to send a message: https://t.co/V6I2roHTkb

20/05/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/6mkorMErvi https://t.co/QSLWrvea0Y

19/05/22

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Farewell to these A level drama lovelies whose bright futures are inevitable#theatreinschools https://t.co/vwTmJkAA2Q

19/05/22

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Well done to year 11 Drama students for being in fine form this afternoon for their drama exam#dramainschools https://t.co/i1jDgn7JTP

19/05/22

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Thanks to the staff for their support of plant sale. We sold out! Every single plant was raised from seed and tended by the students. Well done everyone! https://t.co/xW5IoDMC3D

19/05/22

Year 13 “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” Gandhi https://t.co/qqD3cZxHWA

19/05/22

Year 13 your ceremony awaits https://t.co/lAK7WGfJZB

19/05/22

A few helpful hints from ahead of tomorrow's GCSE mathematics paper. https://t.co/PG20DDIClY

19/05/22

Beautiful! https://t.co/OVgc54WbbX

19/05/22

Year 13 Leavers' Ceremony today 2.30pm. Pleas arrive from 2.15pm Good luck Year 13 - behind you are your memories, before you are your dreams https://t.co/bfPcAndcOH

18/05/22

Congratulations to the entire team on their tremendous hardwork and dedication, entwining sustainability and sport https://t.co/ceLNwYbe9I

18/05/22

The Watford Football Club’s Premier League Enterprise Programme winners are all ready for the audience with Richard Masters, CEO Premier League and Nigel Huddleston MP Under Secretary of State for Sport https://t.co/90MkZmtnRC

18/05/22

This Wellbeing Wednesday we take a look at some more revisions tips. Remember the full public examination timetables can be found on the school website https://t.co/bx3Twd5hz4 https://t.co/tzDlgFWrPC

18/05/22

Retweeted From JustTalkHerts

Are you a parent/carer of a young person preparing for exams? For helpful advice about how to support teenagers during exam periods, our website can signpost you to the right support: https://t.co/fol7lQJXJv https://t.co/xC8YIjUlGp

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English

About the Faculty

The teaching of English at SJL is characterised by an enthusiasm for our subject and our students. The English faculty’s main aim is to achieve the highest possible standards for all our students, and in our classrooms every child really does matter. We maintain an inclusive ethos that is underpinned by a diverse, engaging, and enjoyable curriculum for our students at all key stages. The skills of reading, writing, and speaking and listening underpin all our teaching and learning in English, and it is through our innovative approaches to the development of these skills that we are best able to prepare our students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

At each Key Stage, our curriculum provides students with the opportunity to read and study some of the most powerful, compelling, interesting, and important texts written in English, including a number of Shakespeare plays, and novels as diverse as Elizabeth Acevedo’s Poet X, Phil Pullman’s The Ruby in the Smoke, and Pat Barker’s Regeneration.

In their time studying English at SJL, students are taught the conventions of a range of forms and genres of writing, and by the end of their GCSE studies will have crafted texts as varied as their own anthology of poetry, a murder mystery novella, and opinion pieces inspired by current affairs.

Public speaking is an integral element of our curriculum provision, as well as our extra-curricular offer. Students learn about elements and methods of rhetoric, and each year write and deliver speeches on topics such as the concept of heroism, political issues they are passionate about, as well as, in Year 9, in a speech entitled ‘Don’t Even Get Me Started On…’, the more everyday annoyances they encounter in their lives!

The English faculty enjoys an excellent working relationship with a very active, well-stocked, and exciting school library and have incorporated formal links with the library in the curriculum provision at Key Stage 3. Students have regular reading lessons, in which they can visit the library, read with their teacher or TA, take part in reading challenges, share recommendations, or simply enjoy reading their book in peace and quiet! Colleagues in the English faculty are regular attendees at the library’s senior reading group, sharing their opinions about books with our Year 11 and VI form students.

Every member of the English faculty is passionate about English, and dedicated to ensuring that our students have the best possible experience in their English lessons. We continue to develop our skills and embrace opportunities to reflect on, challenge and extend our practice through: collaboration within the faculty, and with colleagues in other schools; engaging with pedagogical research; training both within and outside of SJL; our involvement in Hertscam Teacher-Led Development projects, the Hertscam MEd programme; the Chartered College of Teaching’s Chartered Teacher programme.

Curriculum Intent Statement

Our curriculum at all key stages is characterised by the faculty’s desire for our students to read and study the very best texts written in English, our passion for teaching students the craft of writing in different forms and genres, and our fervent belief in the importance and power of rhetorical speech and public speaking.

At each key stage students will read, study, and enjoy: a number of plays by William Shakespeare; a range of powerful, diverse, and challenging novels; and collections of poetry from which students will develop their understanding of poetic form, as well as their appreciation of seminal poetic themes from poems published from the 17th century onwards.

Students are taught the conventions of forms and genres of writing as varied as murder mysteries, film reviews, short stories, and newspaper opinion pieces. In crafting their writing to suit different forms and genres, students will also be taught how to write lucidly, accurately, and engagingly.

Finally, our curriculum at all key stages incorporates numerous opportunities for students to learn how to speak rhetorically, and to develop their proficiency and confidence in public speaking. Students will be taught how listen sensitively, and how to craft compelling arguments, in order that they are able to discuss and debate the most important issues in their lives.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

We are very proud of our Key Stage 3 curriculum. Students will read, study, and enjoy a variety of texts, including examples of Shakespearean comedy and tragedy, classic and contemporary novels, and a range of poetry. Students will also be provided with numerous formal opportunities to practise and develop their public speaking and debating skills, and will also learn and practise the conventions of a number of different forms and genres of writing. Therefore, by the end of Year 9, all students will have completed their first stage of secondary English studies, enjoying the study of a range of exciting texts and making excellent progress in the key skills of reading, writing, and speaking and listening along the way.

At Key Stage 3, we teach a range of units: novels, poetry, drama, Shakespeare, media, factual, persuasive and creative texts, and myths and legends. The outcomes of these units will mean that students by the time students begin their GCSE studies in Year 10, they will have produced examples of: literature analysis, role-play, rhetorical speeches, film reviews, creative writing, and writing for a variety of other purposes.

We assess students’ progress at the end of each unit, in line with the assessment criteria for the English curriculum. We give students the opportunity to reflect on their own progress and set targets, whilst tracking all progress on a database. We use assignments and an end-of-year exam to give an indication of each student’s progress at the end of each year.

Our Year 9 curriculum has been designed as an effective bridge between KS3 and the GCSE courses. This gives us the earlier opportunity to develop skills in topics that students have not studied before, but that are assessed in the GCSE course. These include the prose study and unseen poetry units. The curriculum also continues to develop the all-round reading, writing and speaking skills that are essential for students’ success whilst maintaining an interest and enjoyment in the subject.

We also run a range of extra-curricular opportunities for students at Key Stage 3: interactive Shakespeare performances; public speaking and debating; creative writing and poetry masterclasses for more able students. Literacy is also embedded in Key Stage 3, with reading schemes and lesson starters.

As a faculty, we are excited about our Key Stage 3 curriculum and all that it offers.

KS3 Curriculum Map

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Board: AQA

At GCSE we follow the AQA specification for English Language and English Literature with all students achieving a GCSE in both qualifications. Our results have been consistently outstanding over a significant period of time, with our students making excellent progress and achieving the highest grades.

However, we do not allow our desire for students to achieve highly to compromise their enjoyment of English and the rich experience that studying literature can provide. The English Language and English Literature GCSEs offer a varied and interesting curriculum covering a variety of texts and different forms of writing. The areas of study include writing for a variety of purposes and audiences including creatively, reading fiction and non-fiction texts.

We are in a unique position where all GCSE English classes of a particular year group are taught at the same time. This structure has enabled the teachers to collaborate on teaching and learning activities as well as maximise the impact on achievement by sharing resources and expertise. The teaching of the GCSE is a particular strength and area of enjoyment for the English faculty, who enjoy developing the skills and appreciation for literature of the students when they have reached this level of maturity.

The course is assessed wholly through exams.

KS4 Curriculum Map

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Board: AQA (7712A)

If you are enthusiastic about reading, enjoy discussion, like challenge and want to learn more about human beings and their relationships, then A Level English may be a good choice for you.

A Level English Literature has many advantages:

  • It is a very well respected A Level for university entrance or entry into the workplace.
  • It complements a wide range of other A Level subjects.
  • Its skills are vital for success in all walks for life. The ability to read and respond to demanding material, and the ability to write fluently and cogently is equally important to doctors, lawyers, scientists, linguists and artists.
  • It is very well taught at SJL. Students make excellent progress, and the faculty has an impressive history of results including 41% A*/A and 79% A*/B grades in the summer 2019 exam series.

Assessment

A Level 80% Exam 20% Coursework

2 papers 40% each

Course content

The study of English Literature allows students to develop strong analytical skills by covering a range of texts across different genres, centuries, and from authors of various backgrounds, ages and genders.

Students will study a range of texts, from traditional literature and poetry, to new and very exciting literary examples from our own time. In addition, students will learn how authors use language to create meaning and you will explore the social, cultural and historical contexts within which the texts were written. Students will also learn how to write cogent and well-structured academic arguments in response to literature, and develop group work and speaking skills.

The texts you will study include:

  • Othello by William Shakespeare
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Pre 20th century poetry
  • Unseen poetry and prose
  • The Wipers Times by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
  • Regeneration by Pat Barker
  • The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry

Where possible, we run theatre trips to see productions of the texts students study. In Year 13, students have the opportunity to enjoy a study tour of the battlefields and cemeteries of Northern France and Belgium to enrich their reading and analysis of the literature of the First World War.

Entry requirements

We would expect students to achieve an APS of 4.5 or above and a Grade 6 at GCSE in either English Literature or English Language to study for an English Literature A Level. Grade 6 or above at GCSE in both English Literature and English Language would be desirable.

KS5 Curriculum Map

Marking Policy

Extended Curriculum

The English faculty provides a number of extra-curricular opportunities for our students, including:

  • The opportunity to take part in the national Poetry by Heart poetry recital competition. We run school-based rounds, before entering students for the county-based and national elements of the competition.
  • Numerous opportunities to take part in public speaking and debating competitions. We run public speaking and debating clubs during lunchtimes on Wednesday (Years 7-8) and Friday (Year 9 upwards). Every year our students participate in the Rotary Club’s Youth Speaks competition, whilst the faculty runs an annual lower-school public speaking competition in the summer term. Our students have taken part in debating competitions at the Palace of Westminster, having been invited by our local MP, whilst our VI form debating team has organised debating competitions with other local schools.
  • We have close ties with our brilliant library. At all key stages, students are encouraged to become keen, independent readers, and they take part in reading competitions in which they read high-quality, diverse books.
  • Theatre and cinema visits are an important part of our extra-curricular provision; in recent years, our VI form students have seen a production of Othello at The Globe in London and our Y7s enjoyed a production of Michael Morpurgo’s novel Private Peaceful. Years 7 and 8 are treated each year to Anthony Glenn’s one-man productions of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet.
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