Welcome to the English Department
Our aim is to support and extend all our students on their reading journey at Coloma. We aim to foster a love of reading by exposing students to a wide range of challenging literary texts, to introduce them to an inspiring range of non fiction and to encourage their independent reading for pleasure (as well as developing their analytical skills).
We see our students as the writers of the future. We aim to develop their technical accuracy and literacy skills to prepare them for the range of writing that will be required of them. We wish to provide them with opportunities to discover their inner poet, novelist, journalist, playwright, and critic. We expect them to develop a love of words and the ability to use them effectively.
We aim to develop their speaking and listening skills to ensure that they are effective, confident communicators who listen responsively to others. We expect them to be able to present their ideas individually as well as being effective team members.
We want them to enjoy English at Coloma, to participate with enthusiasm, to have the confidence to risk ideas, to become independent learners who strive to achieve their best.
Ode to English at Coloma
What do we want for our students?
Exam success of course, but so much more than that:
We want our students to enjoy their lessons;
To embark on a reading journey with us that will last them a lifetime;
To have a love of reading: to discover a passion for books if they don’t already have one, or to intensify the passion they already have;
To encounter some of the great works of Literature (including literature from around the world in translation) and to develop the ability to appreciate a writer’s craft;
To experience the time travelling possibilities of Literature, and the delight of standing in other people’s shoes;
To become magpies, sharp-eyed collectors of words, phrases, ideas (read or heard) worth hoarding for future use in their own writing;
To realise that they are writers and to equip them to feel able to deal with the range of writing opportunities that the future offers them;
To have an open mind to the ideas and texts they will encounter, to respect the views of others and to have the confidence to articulate their own;
To make connections;
To gain the literacy tools they need for the tasks they are offered - and to hone those skills over time;
To be curious and questioning rather than simply accepting;
To think for themselves and have the confidence to go against the grain;
To develop as team members, comfortable within different groups, realising that our class is a team where we are all learning;
To know the rules but have the confidence not to follow them slavishly;
To develop their own style- in creative writing as well as academic essays;
To feel they have produced work they are proud of, including visually and technologically exciting pieces;
To enjoy the process as well as the end product of their endeavours;
To be discoverers, plundering the best that the World Wide Web has to offer to inform, delight and inspire them
And to embark on a journey of lifelong learning upon which everyone’s individual talent and contribution is valued.
Key Stage Five
Course Content - What Will I Study
This qualification gives you the opportunity to study literature across the genres of prose, poetry and drama, and to read around concepts of literature and literary analysis.
To gain the AS qualification, you’ll need to cover six texts and then another six texts to gain the overall A level qualification.
It is possible to choose texts that link together or contrast with each other.
How will my progress be tested and examined?
- Assessment at AS
- Poetry and Prose 1800-1945 (closed text examination) 60% (This year students are studying the poetry of Edward Thomas and The Turn of the Screw by Henry James).
- Literature post 1900 (coursework) 40%. (Coursework comprises two pieces of writing based on three texts, no longer than 3000 words in total. This year students are studying By the Bog of Cats by Marina Carr and The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood for the comparative essay, and Carol Ann Duffy’s The Bees for the close analysis unit).
- In addition, students study David Lodge’s The Art of the Novel to inform their critical analysis.
- Assessment at A2
- Drama and Poetry (closed text examination) 60%. Students answer one question on King Lear and one on their pre 1800 Drama and Poetry texts, comparing Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath with either Sheridan’s The Rivals or Webster’s The White Devil.
- Texts in Time (coursework) 40% (An extended essay of a maximum of 3000 words based on three texts, including at least one prose and one poetry text).
- Current groups are studying the American Gothic comparing Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories with Sylvia Plath’s poetry and either Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton or Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood.
Progression - How will the study of English benefit students’ future education and career?
- Studying for these qualifications will enable you to develop your interests in and enjoyment of reading and discussing literary text and your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of English literature texts.
- They will also develop your skills of literary analysis.
- All Employers, colleges and university admissions officers value highly good grades in all these subjects.