Mrs J Parker - Director of English
Miss R Chapman - Deputy Director of English
Miss K Innes
Mr R Lea
Miss C Mannion
Mr R O'Gorman
Mrs C Squire
Mrs C Townsend
Mrs J Walton
The English Department are proud to offer a vibrant and creative curriculum to our students. We embrace a multi-modal approach to our subject, incorporating drama, film, production, theatre and technology to enhance the students’ learning and progression in the three disciplines of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Underpinning the work within the department is the belief that English is vital for all forms of communication and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum areas and the wider world.
At Key Stage 3 students study a variety of non-fiction and fiction texts including newspapers and magazine articles, reviews, biographies, speeches, travel writing, blogs, web pages and poetry, prose and drama from literary tradition, different cultures and contemporary writers. They have an opportunity to express themselves within a broad spectrum of written genre. The students are formally assessed termly and their work is evidenced in an individual profile, to ensure each student is making appropriate progress.
At Key Stage 4 students follow English Language and English Literature GCSE accredited by the WJEC examination board. These courses include the assessment of Reading and Writing controlled assessment (40% of final grade), Speaking and Listening and two terminal examinations (60% of the final grade).
Useful Website - http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/english.shtml
At KS5 we offer English Literature AS and A2 level qualifications, as accredited by OCR. Both AS and A2 courses include a combination of coursework and terminal examination.
The following link is for AS and A-Level English Literature and has revision materials including notes and PowerPoints on each text you study:
As part of their Speaking and Listening work some of the Year 9 students had to pick an Act and Scene and perform Speaking and Listening tasks that meet the WJEC Criteria.
After a couple of weeks preparation the performance day came and the students performed their rehearsed piece. A wonderful display of young talent was on show. Well Done Year 9!!!
Star pupils, Antonia and Luke, shone brighter that the rest last Tuesday when they came first and second in the World Literacy Day competition.
The year 8 English students competed with pupils from all over the world by answering as many literacy questions as they could in one minute.
The excitement was obvious as the Astor pupils taking part in the competition realised that not only were they competing with each other on the WORLDEDUCATIONGAMES website , but with people from as far flung as Japan!
Antonia and Luke earned official certificates and a large bar of chocolate too.
Well done to all those who took part and good luck next year.
On Wednesday 13th February Astor College launched its first ever Great Book Swap. Pupils were invited to bring in books that they have read and swap them with books brought in by their classmates. There was a great deal of excitement in the air as the books were laid out and the pupils chose their new books. There were many different genres on show and books such as Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Running Wild’, Marcus Sedgewick’s ‘Flood and Fang’ and Jeff Kinney’s ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ quickly exchanged hands.
A number of pupils attended the event and enjoyed it thoroughly. Estelle (7JS) described the Great Book Swap as ‘cool, amazing and magnificent’ whilst Joe (7CT) said it was ‘outstanding, astonishing and sensational’.
Astor College is determined to raise the standards of literacy and the Great Book Swap was just one of a number of fun and exciting events to be held this year. Tia (7JS) summed up the excitement of the day when she said, ‘I thought it was (The Great Book Swap) fun, interesting and cool. I can’t wait for the next Great Book Swap’. Tia does not have long to wait as the next Great Book Swap will be in term 6.
The following images highlight some of the peer enhancement work in the English Department.
Once a week the students from the Sixth From (13RL) were paired with students from Year 7 (7AAI). The Sixth Formers helped and guided the younger students with their reading and homework.
This is a chance for students who have the creative edge to make work for display on the English Board and/or in Room 16!
It’s a chance to show off, be creative and get your work noticed!
It is also cross curricular.
Work can be submitted to Mr Lea and a board of three staff members will select the work to be displayed.
Submissions can be from any area of English. For example:
ALL submissions are to be in by MONDAY 4th MARCH
The winners from the first batch of work to make the wall will receive Postcards home and a mention in the Bulletin, as well as having their work displayed.
GCSE English Literature revision packs are available on the following Wikispace site:
You will have access to revision materials based on ‘Of Mice and Men’, ‘Heroes’, ‘An Inspector Calls’ and poetry. There is also a section for AS Level English Literature using the same username and password (all of the materials for ‘Frankenstein’ will be on there by the end of the week).
You are invited to bring in any of your old books from home and swap them for another book. It couldn’t be easier to find a new, exciting read and the best part of all is that it is absolutely FREE!
1) Bring in a book that you have read and are willing to swap.
2) Look through the other books brought in by other people.
3) Pick a new book, take it home and begin to read.
Ask your personal tutor or English teacher for more information.
Details of this club organised by Mr.Silk can be found here:
The author of the Time Riders series of books, Alex Scarrow, visited Year 8 students recently. The visit was reported by the Dover Mercury:
The English Department are organising a Creative Writing Competition.