We work hard to provide lessons that engage, inspire and challenge so that students of all abilities enjoy English and make excellent progress.
|Key Stage 3|
In Year 7 the English Curriculum seeks to promote the fun and enjoyment of English. We look to engage students with interesting and exciting activities and learning environments that will stimulate their imaginations and foster a love of literature that will hopefully last a lifetime.
We teach students the skills for reading, writing and speaking and listening. Students are placed in an appropriate group based on KS2 levels and our own rigorous testing along with reading and spelling assessment; and are moved between groups after October and Christmas if necessary. Year 7s begin with exploring a modern novel. This encourages them to raise their confidence in reading aloud, and to explore the way that writers use language. We then move on to preparations for students’ first test papers; a taste of Shakespeare, a modern play, a non-fiction unit based on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and we conclude with Poetry from other cultures and traditions.
Other reading initiatives this term include Library Skills lessons and a fortnightly trip to the library, which we consider the heart of the school, to explore new texts and take out loans as well as engage with our fantastic Librarian Alex.
Students continue to work in two broad ability bands and are set within these bands. During the year students will be assessed and challenged with a wide range of tasks and schemes of work that cover the main assessment objectives for Reading and Writing. Schemes of work focus on a range of topics and issues; such as war poetry, a murder mystery unit, short stories from before 1914, Modern Drama and a modern novel. Students build on their Y7 literacy work to develop their analytical skills in response to literary or non-fiction and media texts. Speaking and listening skills will be developed through group presentations and class discussions.
Y8 students are encouraged to keep up their independent reading with regular visits to the library and the opportunity to take part in a wide range of reading initiatives around the school designed to maintain support a love of literature and reading.
|Key Stage 4|
This is a transition year in English when students develop the skills and experience to prepare them for GCSE courses in Language and Literature. Students in Y9 study a novel and a synoptic Shakespeare unit.
The Summer Term will focus on the GCSE spoken Language endorsement, where students will prepare for, and sit this component of their GCSE Language exam.
All of the changes that are coming about in terms of GCSE from 2015 have meant that it has never been more important for students to be prepared for the challenges that they will meet on this course. Our Year 9 transition is a fun and exciting course that forms excellent ‘real life’ preparation for the requirements of GCSE at KS4 while also furnishing students with the opportunity to really get their teeth into more challenging texts.
At KS4 English we focus on the key skills needed for students to succeed in the wider world. We look at analysis of fiction and non-fiction texts; develop skills in critical reading and focus on research and critical thinking. All of this is done through a series of units designed to cover a wide variety of English Language and Literary foci that encompass the new AQA syllabus for GCSE English Language & Literature. Throughout the KS4 course we study a range of texts from English Literary Heritage, Poetry, Drama, Media and Non-Fiction and Shakespeare. Students sit their GCSE in English language in year 10 and their GCSE in English Literature in year 11.
|Examination Board: AQA|
Full details of the AQA GCSE are available here >>
|Key Stage 5|
A massive thank you to all our parents and carers for your feedback on how remote learning is going!
As we all learn more about how we can work together while apart, we will continue to refine what we do and get better at it. We will continue to contact you about how your child is doing and keep you informed of how best they can be helped. Stay safe.
There’s nothing ‘remote’ about learning at SHS!
Everything about the Covid crisis has been about distance. We must be physically apart, we might find ourselves emotionally apart and we have been compelled to be educationally apart.
Recent press headlines and discussions have focused on the difficulties of engaging students without in-person contact. Some press reports have used ‘statistics’ gathered in dubious ways to talk about the percentages of students who are actually working remotely. Indeed, a recent study by UCL has suggested that 20% of students have done ‘little or no school work’ since lockdown.
Whatever the alleged ‘national picture’ of student engagement in distanced learning, the crucial question that has emerged is: how do we engage learners when we are not together physically? It’s a complicated question and, as with most issues, there isn’t one solution, one style, or one computer program for increasing learner engagement and motivation. But the answer, as with many things educational, seems to be what many of us call ‘common sense’!
Research seems to say that ‘online’ teachers need to combine multiple strategies to reach learners and, unsurprisingly, they must be behavioural, cognitive and emotional. In short, teachers must set a variety of work. They must reply and feedback early and often; building relationships. There must be regular, simple parental feedback so that the carer knows what work is actually being submitted. There must be a caring ear and a personal call for students and parents.
Here, at Sheringham High and Sixth, we set work which can be done independently and in REAL households with all their individual restrictions such as connectivity issues and multiple use computers. We mark and feed back quickly. We track students fortnightly. Student managers and tutors ring home personally!
So, let me share our actual statistics since the closure on March 23rd at Sheringham High given that 20% of students nationally seem not to have been engaged by their staff. On average, each of our students has completed 73% of the work set on time. Only 0.4% of students has completed no work since lockdown. Over one third of all our Year 7,8,9 and 10 students has submitted over 90% of their work on time. A quarter has done ALL work set! Since March 23rd, our students have watched 7033 podcasts on our GCSE Pod portal; usage doubling since last year. Between March and June, 3079 individual pieces of work have been set by our staff for Years 7-10 and 435 for Year 12. Over half of our sixth form students has completed 100% of the work set.
If we believe what we are told about national statistics and the etymology of the word ‘remote’(to ‘push away’) what we have at Sheringham High and Sixth is an engaged, embraced learning community which is working well and bucking the national trend! Well done to students, parents, carers and staff!Stay safe!