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Hampstead School

English and Media

Contacts:

 
Head of Faculty Mr D Robson

Deputy Head of Faculty
Subject Leader Media

Mr M Cook
Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator, English Mr A Hickson-Lovence

Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator, English

Ms J Hunter

What we aim to do:

English and Media have pre-eminent places in education and in society. English teaches students to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, students have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables students both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

The overarching aim for English is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping students with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

Media Studies complements this, through thinking about the media, involving investigating media texts and their various contexts and creating for the media, involving planning, producing and presenting media texts.  We live in a media-saturated world, where we are surrounded by media messages for most of our waking hours.  The discipline of Media Studies, both explicitly as a subject and as part of English across key stages, helps students investigate how far the media reflects our reality – and controls the ways we view it.

At Hampstead School we are passionate about our subjects, and want students to develop their love of them too, which, in turn, will drive them to ever higher achievement.  We are also interested in staying at the cutting edge, both within our subjects and across teaching and learning.

English and Media Faculty works closely with the Prince’s Teaching Institute, and has been accredited annually since 2014 with the esteemed PTI mark.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum and Assessment – English:

In Key Stage Three, we explore challenging texts from a range of cultures and literary periods to encourage every pupil’s ability to read, write, speak and listen with confidence. Students are taught through units of poetry, drama, prose, media, novels, non-fiction, language study and short stories.

 

In Year 7 and Year 8, students will read and respond to a range of texts to help them infer and deduce; comment on language and structure and explore the writer’s intentions. In Year 9 students will more explicitly develop the key skills needed for GCSE, with exploration of texts chosen to cultivate a love of the subject in the run up to exams.

A specific grammar focus is interwoven into every Key Stage Three scheme of work, including knowledge about language, how to spell and punctuate correctly and how to use grammar accurately is developed through analysis of what the students write, formal grammar exercises and the use of practical texts. Speaking and Listening and development of oracy skills are practised through small group debating, drama and whole class discussions.

We encourage Key Stage 3 students to develop a love of reading and a private reading habit by taking part in the Accelerated Reader Challenge (rewarding students' reading across a variety of genres) and by shadowing the Carnegie Award winners.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Private Peaceful and the literature of World War I

Annabel Pitcher’s ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece’

Of Mice and Men and the study of World Literature.

An introduction to Shakespeare and study of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Macbeth:

Study of Shakespeare and wider context relevant to text.

Romeo and Juliet:

Study of Shakespeare and wider context relevant to text.

Dracula and the Gothic

 

Poetry for Pleasure:

Developing analytical skills through the study of canonical and modern poetry.

Diverse Little London

Study of literature featuring London to develop skills for GCSE English Language Paper 1.

Recommended reading:

Key Stage 4 Curriculum :

At Key Stage 4, students study for two separate GCSEs: English Language and English Literature. Both are exciting, vibrant subjects that encourage creativity and exploratory thought.

GCSE English Language

Students develop their skills to read fluently and write effectively. They demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploy figurative language and analyse texts.

In English Language students will:

  • read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding
  • read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • listen to and understand spoken language, and use spoken Standard English effectively.

Assessment:

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives

  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language

  • teacher set throughout course as “speaking and listening” tasks
  • marked by teacher
  • counts separately from the GCSE grade

GCSE English Literature

Students develop knowledge and skills in reading, writing and critical thinking. Through literature, students have a chance to develop culturally and acquire knowledge of the best that has been thought and written. Studying GCSE English Literature encourages students to read widely for pleasure, and as a preparation for studying literature at a higher level.

They explore a range of topics through ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’, alongside an anthology of 15 exciting poems.

In English Literature students will:

  • read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, and make connections across their reading
  • read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often
  • appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage
  • write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English
  • acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including the grammatical terminology and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.

Assessment:

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

  • written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Recommended reading:

Key Stage 5 Curriculum and Assessment - English:

At Key Stage 5 students have the option of studying A Level English Literature or A Level English Language & Literature. 

Students study a variety of poetry and prose. They are expected to read widely and discuss works of non-fiction and literature both orally and in writing.

A Level English Literature

Plays, poetry, novels… Chaucer, Austen, Fitzgerald, Shakespeare… English Literature! A special subject with a special place in our culture, and indeed at Hampstead. Studying literature not only affords you a range of transferable skills, but is one of the few subjects where what you study is art and designed to be enjoyed.

Exam board: OCR

Curriculum plan:

Summer work/introductory project on Shakespeare and Literary Canon Year 1 Autumn: “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare; The Great Gatsby by F. Scot Fitzgerald Year 1 Spring: Selected poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge; “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams Year 1 Summer: Exam Revision; Close reading OR re-creative writing piece with commentary; comparative essay (coursework) Year 2 Autumn: American Literature 1880-1940; coursework Year 2 Spring: Drama and Poetry pre-1900 revision; essay and literature study skills Year 2 Summer: Exam revision

A Level English Language and Literature

Do you enjoy reading and writing for pleasure? Do you want to understand how language works, and how it can make you powerful? This combined course in Language and Literature is multi-disciplinary. By reading literature through linguistic and literary lenses you not only widen your subject knowledge but also your skills as a writer. Perfect for those who enjoyed all aspects of their GCSE English curriculum.

Exam board: OCR

Curriculum plan:

Summer work/introductory project on Orwell and language change Year 1 Autumn: “Rapture” by Carol Ann Duffy; The Great Gatsby by F. Scot Fitzgerald Year 1 Spring: Non-Fiction Spoken and Written Texts; Reading as a Writer, Writing as a Reader Year 1 Summer: Exam Revision; begin Independent Study Year 2 Autumn: Independent Study (Coursework) Year 2 Spring: Narrative: Reading as a Writer, Writing as a Reader Year 2 Summer: Exam revision

GCSE English Language (re-sit class)

Students who did not attain a C in their GCSE English/ English Language course will re-sit this course. Exam re-sits take place in November and June. However it is imperative that all students re-sitting attend all lessons throughout the year to boost their literacy and exam skills.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum and Assessment – Media Studies:

A-Level Media Studies:

At Key Stage 5 students follow the diverse WJEC Eduqas Media Studies A-Level course. Students will study a variety of units of learning, both theoretical and practical, including Online Media, Television, Online Magazines, Blogs, Video Games, Film Industries, Newspapers, Music Videos and Advertising and Marketing. Assessment is both exam and production coursework based.

Eduqas Media Studies A-Level Aims and Objectives:

This specification recognises the fundamental relationship between theoretical understanding and practical work, providing learners with exciting opportunities to develop media production skills. Learners will apply and develop their knowledge and understanding of media language and representation in relation to media forms and products, and become creators of meaning themselves. Learners will be offered a choice of briefs and forms within which to work, enabling them to explore and pursue their own media interests.

The WJEC Eduqas A-Level in Media Studies offers a broad, coherent and engaging course of study which enables learners to:

  • demonstrate skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of important media issues
  • develop appreciation and critical understanding of the media and their role both historically and currently in society, culture and politics
  •  understand and apply specialist subject-specific terminology to analyse and compare media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed in order to make informed arguments, reach substantiated judgements and draw conclusions about media issues
  • appreciate how theoretical understanding supports practice and practice supports theoretical understanding
  •  develop practical skills by providing opportunities for creative media production.

GCSE Media Studies:

At Key Stage 5 some students have the option of taking GCSE in Media Studies, compressing the Key Stage 4 course into one year at Year 12.

Enrichment Opportunities:

Opportunities for stretch and challenge run across the faculty, including a variety of book clubs, poetry clubs and competitions to enter.  A termly poetry magazine publishes some of the best work, and we have hosted a number of nationally renowned poets running workshops with our students.  SLAMbassadors have made visits, and authors have addressed year groups about newly published novels.

Year 10 students have the opportunity to apply to study for an additional one year AS Level in after school sessions.  This has been Creative Writing in previous years, and will be Film Studies in future.

Every Friday, debating club allows students to develop rhetorical, public speaking and research skills, with external competitions in both British Parliamentary and Model United Nations formats. A number of students have travelled across the country and even as far as Germany to debate under the supervision of English teachers.

Media and Film students have worked closely with the Roundhouse (where they have passes to visit and work with the media resources in their own time) and Tricycle cinema/theatre, while a number have volunteered to be part of an ongoing project with the October Gallery.   Other ongoing regular projects include the British Museum.

All students have the opportunity to see live plays and visit a local cinema for a bespoke film screening and questioning session.  Annually we visit the Globe theatre for workshops, and host visits from the Globe Players for plays delivered to whole year groups in the hall.

Now in its third year, the Zadie Smith essay prize challenges students across a range of faculties to complete university-level writing on a range of abstract and topical subjects, with substantial cash and literary prizes awarded to the best work.

Hampstead School Media Studies graduates are invited back to Hampstead School as Media Industry Ambassadors to deliver learning and career advice to both A-Level and GCSE Media Studies students. At present all ex-Hampstead Media Studies students are all enrolled at university in a variety of degrees from Media Communications to Photography to Film Studies to English Literature and Creative Writing.

Additional Information:

Key Stage 3:

Key Stage 3 English Curriculum Map

National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 from September 2014

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3kw2hv

Recommended Authors

Key Stage 4:

Revision  www.cpgbooks.co.uk

Year 11 Language Exam – Foundation

GCSE English Language Exam – Higher Tier

GCSE Language Terms

Browning Anthology