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Head of English - Ms S. Moore - smoore@rbhs.co.uk

Head of Media Studies - Mr S Witcher - switcher@rbhs.co.uk 

 

English  

Subject Overview:

In the English department, we believe in the power of words.  We want our students to leave Rivington and Blackrod High School with an excellent control of the English language, whether they are speaking, listening, reading or writing.  We teach both English Language and English Literature through set texts, and all students are given access to a broad range of writers, including canonical novelists, poets and playwrights. Throughout both Key Stage 3 and 4, students will build upon the skills developed in primary school.

 Listening and Talking

Students are encouraged to make plenty of contributions in lessons, to listen carefully to the ideas of others, and to critically reflect upon contributions. We explicitly teach learners the appropriate ways to talk and listen in different contexts.

 Reading  

Students are encouraged to read regularly at home, and to learn to enjoy a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. We actively teach reading strategies, and for students with reading ages that are below their chronological age, we tailor in-class support to ensure that everyone is able to access rich and challenging material.

 Writing 

Learners will become increasingly competent in using language for deliberate effect to interest a reader. They learn to critically evaluate, proof-read, and redraft their work, reflecting on others’ suggestions. They will develop their own clear style as a writer, which we will teach them to employ across a range of contexts. 

Media Studies

 Subject Overview:

Film Studies and Media combines the intensive study of film and other media forms, with the opportunity to do creative practice in film and video, photography and new media. You will gain the analytical, critical and technical skills vital for understanding and working in today’s media-rich world.

Media studies is interdisciplinary, meaning it explores more than one branch of knowledge. In addition to analysing texts in the way you might do in English, we also study elements of media industries that are similar to Business Studies.

You will developing critical thinking in relation to mass media. Learning how to question and critique the messages coming from the media can be extremely useful, particularly as reports of "fake news" continue to gain popularity.

The texts we study are as up to date as possible and allow you to feel familiar with the subject content and will be more engaging.

Most people interact with mass media about eight hours a day. It makes sense, then, that we ought to educate ourselves about the media and persistently ask questions such as these: Who created this? Why did they make it? Who is the target audience? What techniques are being used to make this message believable? While seemingly simplistic, these questions represent a solid basis for media studies and acquiring media literacy.

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Key Stage 3 Overview:

We follow the National Curriculum for English at Key Stage 3. We read whole texts (rather than extracts), because we firmly believe that it is important for students to experience and enjoy books in their entirety. In our schemes of work, we include high quality novels, short stories, poems and plays with a wide coverage of genres, historical periods, forms and authors. 

Key Stage 4 Overview:

We follow the AQA specifications for both English Language and English Literature. All students are entered for both GCSEs at the end of Year 11. 

Years 10 and 11 are spent developing skills in:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening

 

English Language

Students will be assessed through two papers, each assessing reading and writing in an integrated way. GCSE English Language will have an endorsed component, covering Spoken Language. This endorsement will be reported as a separate grade (PASS, MERIT, DISTINCTION, or not classified) and will not contribute to the result of the GCSE English Language qualification.

 English Literature

Students will be assessed through two papers, each assessing understanding and analysis of a wide range of different texts and literary forms (novel, play and poetry).  Students will be expected to make links between the text and its context and there will be marks awarded, on each paper, for technical accuracy.

We study the set texts for Literature throughout both years, and place heavy emphasis on students revisiting and revising previously-learned content throughout the duration of the two year GCSE course.

 Key Stage 5 Overview:

We follow the AQA specifications for both A Level English Language and A Level English Literature. Students are entered for both A Levels at the end of Year 13. 

 

A Level English Language

We follow the AQA English Language specification. Students will be assessed through two papers (Language, The Individual and Society and Language and Diversity and Change). Alongside these examinations, students will complete a non-exam assessment (coursework): a language investigation and an original piece of writing (3,500 words in total).

Throughout the course, the following assessment objectives will be covered.

AO1: Apply appropriate methods of language analysis, using associated terminology and coherent written expression.

AO2: Demonstrate critical understanding of concepts and issues relevant to language use.

AO3: Analyse and evaluate how contextual factors and language features are associated with the construction of meaning.

AO4: Explore connections across texts, informed by linguistic concepts and methods.

AO5: Demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of English to communicate in different ways

 

A Level English Literature

We follow the AQA English Literature B specification. Students will be assessed through two papers (conceptually based on the tragedy and social and political protest genres). Alongside these examinations, students will complete two non-exam assessments (coursework): applying literary theory to a challenging novel and a selection of poetry (2,500 words per essay).

 

Throughout the course, the following assessment objectives will be covered.

AO1: Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression.

AO2: Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts.

AO3: Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.

AO4: Explore connections across literary texts.

AO5: Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations.  

  Key Stage 4 Media Studies Overview:

The WJEC Eduqas GCSE 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. 

Key Stage 5 Media Studies Overview:

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

  • demonstrate skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis
  • demonstrate a critical approach to media issues
  • demonstrate appreciation and critical understanding of the media and their role both historically and currently in society, culture, politics and the economy
  • develop an understanding of the dynamic and changing relationships between media forms, products, industries and audiences
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the global nature of the media
  • apply theoretical knowledge and specialist subject specific terminology to analyse and compare media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed
  • make informed arguments, reach substantiated judgements and draw conclusions about media issues
  • engage in critical debate about academic theories used in media studies
  • appreciate how theoretical understanding supports practice and practice supports theoretical understanding
  • demonstrate sophisticated practical skills by providing opportunities for creative media production.

 Key Stage 5 Film Studies Overview:

The WJEC Eduqas A level in Film Studies aims to enable learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • a diverse range of film, including documentary, film from the silent era, experimental film and short film
  • the significance of film and film practice in national, global and historical contexts
  • film and its key contexts (including social, cultural, political, historical and technological contexts)
  • how films generate meanings and responses
  • film as an aesthetic medium
  • the different ways in which spectators respond to film.

It also aims to enable learners to:

  • apply critical approaches to film and
  • apply knowledge and understanding of film through either filmmaking or screenwriting.