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Willows High School

English

Name: Mrs. Kelly Bubbins
Email: kelly.bubbins@willows.cardiff.sch.uk
 

The English department aims to instil a love of language and literature in every pupil. The curriculum is progressive enabling learners to acquire and develop skills as they progress through the school. They are taught to read and write accurately and purposefully. Pupils are encouraged to unlock their imagination through varied reading and creative writing. Confidence is instilled in pupils through speaking and listening tasks which both encourage individual excellence and group participation. Relationships between staff and students are based on mutual respect. The learning atmosphere in the classroom offers help and support. It encourages pupils to challenge themselves to achieve the best possible academic success.

Key Stage 3: Years 7-9

At Key Stage 3 pupils follow a wide-ranging programme of study which uses aspects of the Literacy Framework and National Curriculum to enhance pupil progress. Schemes of work focus on reading, writing and speaking and listening. A wide range of stimulating topics are covered, ranging from current events to literary heritage. Pupils have the opportunity to delve into poetry, prose and drama as well as to embrace modern text types and information. This provides a solid grounding as well as fostering a love for the subject.

Key Stage 4: GCSE

GCSE students sit WJEC English Language and WJEC English Literature. These courses include controlled assessments and examination units. The department has high expectations of pupils and our results demonstrate the success that can be achieved with skilful direction and enthusiastic learning.

Extra-curricular Activities

The English department organises a full programme of extra-curricular activities. Every week, there is a Creative Writing Club for KS3 and extra revision sessions for KS4. Pupils are also encouraged to showcase their writing talents in the school newspaper, ‘The Aviator.’

We have welcomed many authors to the school to talk to students about their writing and to run workshop sessions. We also organise educational visits to theatrical productions and to the ‘Hay Festival.’

Each year we run numerous competitions for both reading and writing. Many of our winners have had their work published or displayed at prestigious events.

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