Head of Department: Mrs. A. Hill
HOD Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The English department at Gilbert Inglefield Academy is staffed by a team of dedicated language lovers, who each bring their own unique strengths to the department.
At Key Stage 3, groups are set according to ability and the pupils study topics ranging from Media Studies, to The Life and Times of Shakespeare (followed by Romeo and Juliet); contemporary authors such as Benjamin Zephaniah also make the list, as does an interesting and challenging unit on survival. We study whole texts and encourage a love for reading and engaging with language. More able pupils also attend our thriving Poetry Appreciation Club or take part in the Rotary Youth Speaks competition.
At Key Stage 2, English is taught in form groups; twice weekly spelling and reading lessons also hone our pupils' abilities in these areas. Topics include poetry, Macbeth, whole texts (Kenzuke’s Kingdom and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Cirque Du Freak) and we end year 6 with an engaging murder mystery unit.
We are constantly aiming to improve our results even more and have put a lot of emphasis on SPAG skills in recent months. We involve parents and the wider community by organising SATurday workshops, after school Wise Owl sessions and Early Birds session for those that need an extra boost. We have also recently invested in a new online e-reading scheme which we hope our pupils will love using.
We encourage students to be articulate and involved in their learning and offer an interesting and diverse programme of extra-curricular activities, such as the Poetry Appreciation Club and Rotary Youth speaks competitions; we also take part in writing and poetry competitions as the opportunities present themselves. We aim to invite visiting authors or speakers in regularly and our pupils partake in a range of workshops with outside agencies and organisations. Other recent events include a visit from a Holocaust survivor (Year 7), a visit to the Milton Keynes Mounted Police (year 7 boys) and a visit the Shakespeare’s Globe (year 8).
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