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02/07/22

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Flowers, flowers, flowers 💐 🌺 🌸 https://t.co/nXrHuOwRJs

02/07/22

Congratulations - we’re very proud of you all! https://t.co/geYdkcPKKh

02/07/22

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Congratulations to all of the teachers and leaders gaining Chartered Status today. A fantastic achievement! https://t.co/Qc4rYzO7cu

02/07/22

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A huge congratulations to each and every one of our Chartered Status graduates today! 🎓 🎉 Find out more about becoming Chartered, and the path that's right for you: https://t.co/Ay6h9dH3Mw https://t.co/BcqCIasTmX

02/07/22

Congratulations and have a wonderful day all! https://t.co/qmKtoApmwt

01/07/22

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Yr 7 Cricket team are through to the District Cup Final. After posting 176-4 they bowled KWS out for 101 from 19.4 overs. The final takes place on Wednesday 🏏 https://t.co/ykPh0JJLzP

01/07/22

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The judging is over and the winners of Mrs Dholakia’s “Create Your Form Tutor” competition are … 7H, 9A and 10R! Ms Robins and Mr Newbery were very impressed with all the entries. Prizes coming soon! https://t.co/538EJ3ysxA

01/07/22

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Year 12 Geographers are investigating river processes at Batford Springs today. https://t.co/c8akOCBhSO

01/07/22

Year 9 engaging with a powerful performance of Chelsea’s Story this morning as part of their Life Skills education. An important part of our work to deliver the C for Care in our ACE https://t.co/ge3FUIxO8n

01/07/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn31xJk https://t.co/zOPGNR5H8B

30/06/22

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Our display is up! What will you read this summer? 🌻📚 https://t.co/T6iGcQXdbG

30/06/22

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We learnt about garlic scapes today and how we can eat the flowering stem. Then we got busy watering, weeding as well as transplanting herb seedlings for food technology to use in September. https://t.co/0RAwQPPJJh

30/06/22

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Yr7 Cricket District Cup semi final v tomorrow Friday 1st July 2pm start.

30/06/22

Lost property: lost property is currently on display in the school canteen. Any lost property unclaimed before end of term will be donated/disposed of. Please ensure student property is *named* so it can be returned to its rightful owner. https://t.co/8VqItAEbwK

30/06/22

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The 2022 SJL Bronze Award launch presentation and enrolment form can now be found on the school website https://t.co/ZUexxrssUP https://t.co/tHq4zaka45

30/06/22

Lilac Class producing some spectacular prints in their art lesson this morning. The children once again so well behaved and thoroughly enjoying their sessions. https://t.co/b5D3EPMboS

30/06/22

Great to be working with yr3 students in Technology again this week. Mr James demonstrating the 3D Printers. https://t.co/NTIN6ZDHRp

30/06/22

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It was a lovely to see so many people tonight at the launch! EduLink email with the presentation & application form to be sent out ASAP. Please bring completed forms to reception. https://t.co/cmi6DCX8Vm

29/06/22

It was great to see so many Yr9 students and parents at the DofE launch evening tonight. Personal Development is a key part of the SJL ACE. https://t.co/eycCz487QS

29/06/22

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They really enjoyed establishing where the best place on the school site would be to put a new bench, based on the microclimate and the environmental quality of each site. Looking forward to seeing their results next week! https://t.co/aLnqKdOjPi

29/06/22

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Yr8 cricket team lost an exciting game against St George’s in the district cup. We have the makings of a really good team who will challenge for a trophy next year.

29/06/22

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Yr7 cricket team reach district semi final by beating Sandringham in a close game. Capt Benji leading the way with his first 50 for SJL ending not out 60. KWS await on Friday in what should be an exciting game. https://t.co/fOdmQiUls2

29/06/22

Yr 7 taking part in a Microclimate Investigation as part of their Yr7 Geography lessons https://t.co/TuEYsrZizO

28/06/22

Delighted to welcome parents to our Year 6 Induction evening. Mr Newbery and the pastoral team address them from the stage about the ACE and the many opportunities open to our new students! https://t.co/vtJX4ZOhDt

28/06/22

We have thoroughly enjoyed having join us to take part in lessons with . We cannot wait to welcome you back. https://t.co/xgtiYVKoqQ

28/06/22

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Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have been hard at work this lunchtime, examining evidence and attempting to solve our 'One of SJL is Lying' murder mystery. It's inspired by our most popular book this year - One of Us is Lying by 🕵️🔎 https://t.co/um1ojNLYDO

28/06/22

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We are extremely pleased to tell you that SJL are launching the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award to students in Year 9 for completion in Year 10. Come along to our Parents' Information evening Wednesday 29 June, 6pm to find out more https://t.co/ZVMRhpsU9u https://t.co/k1iFg6FBAU

28/06/22

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Our Parliamentary Action Day last week was very successful and empowering to our incredible Campaign Champions. Thank you for your time, the in-depth discussion and the support you continue to show. https://t.co/23YqUbNm7E

28/06/22

Year 6 parents an email is coming out this afternoon, via Operoo, containing important information for tonight’s Parents’ Induction Evening and also including Form Group allocations for September. Please check spam folders. https://t.co/MvK1pLnVNN

28/06/22

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It was inspiring to meet with Campaigners last week in Parliament. They are campaigning to support the worlds teachers and ensure everyone around the world has access to education. https://t.co/15O50H7OeK

28/06/22

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It's that time of year again - Wimbledon fortnight! Here are some of our book titles to get into the spirit of the Championships. https://t.co/CZnADUy9Cf

28/06/22

We look forward to welcoming Year 6 parent/carers this evening at 7pm to our Induction Evening. Reminder students are not expected to attend. https://t.co/c3GAVsiRlL

27/06/22

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Yr7 & Yr8 cricket tomorrow. Games are ON. Yr7 home v Sandringham 2pm. Yr8 away v St George’s 2pm start.

27/06/22

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Best of luck to the Students out on work experience this week, we hope you have a really interesting week! https://t.co/1lBlGFw3zu

27/06/22

Thought for the Week: the power of our words. Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later, the wounds are still there." Joel Osteen https://t.co/SLS1K8X5Rr

25/06/22

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Thanks to all who came to our 300th Anniversary Concert . Delighted that and joined us. Big thanks to pupils from local schools for your amazing performances! https://t.co/KTNXUGdltQ

24/06/22

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The big houseplant takeover continued this week with Year 9 students learning how to divide, take cuttings and repot plants. We had expert help from our houseplant champion, Josie Lloyd, also in Year 9. https://t.co/hxU5Vd5Bq2

24/06/22

Term date reminder: school will be closed to students Monday 27 June 2022 https://t.co/n4Mizj1wdM https://t.co/dUn2WxJP03

24/06/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn3j8AS https://t.co/MpWk9bDLx8

23/06/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

Congratulations to SJL yr7&8 choir and all involved in the James Marshall Foundation 300th Anniversary celebration concert! https://t.co/BcSmYWXY23

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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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