Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy


The English Department has evolved into a strong and dynamic team, proud of its achievements and committed to improving the literacy of all students at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy (OSCA).  We are marrying our teaching expertise with rapidly improving examination results and our aim is to work towards outstandinEnglishg status.  We are proud of our accomplishments but are never complacent – we will endlessly strive for perfection:  OSCA students are entitled to the best.

It is our duty to create confident, independent learners who are equipped for the demands of the 21st century.  We aim to create learners who foster creativity and imagination.  Our students will leave OSCA with a passion for language and literature.  They will be competent in the skills needed for the work place and have the language tools to succeed in their own future ambitions.

We promote teaching and learning that is inspirational, motivating and engaging.  We aspire to achieve outstanding practice within the classroom and create outstanding learning environments for the students that we teach. 

Our department is characterised by a strong sense of collaboration and enthusiasm for our subject areas and our pupils.  We enjoy an excellent working relationship with staff from other departments both at our school and at others.  The department's main aim is to achieve the highest possible standard for all our pupils.  We hope that pupils will enjoy their work in English and strive to ensure that our curriculum offers a rich and diverse range of learning experiences.

The first unit of work for Year 7 pupils will focus on developing both reading and writing skills to ensure a smooth transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3. Students will study a grammar unit to secure their knowledge. Pupils will study a Shakespeare text, a modern text, develop writing skills and understand spoken language and non-fiction texts in line with the new National Curriculum. Throughout each unit of work pupils will be given the opportunity to develop and enhance their speaking and listening skills.  Assessment will be through set tasks each half term with a holistic grade provided at the end of each unit.

Throughout Year 8 and Year 9 pupils will develop their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. They will study a selection of poetry and texts as well as a Shakespeare play. Pupils will also complete creative writing assignments. Analysis of Literature is a key skill that is an essential prerequisite for GCSE study and Year 9 will be dedicated to its continued development. Pupils will recap and enhance their learning of text types, spelling, punctuation and grammar.


Some of the texts studied at KS3:

Animal Farm, Anita and Me, Poe’s tales of mystery and imagination, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Much Ado about Nothing, Poetry from other cultures, The sign of Four, Lord of the Flies and Blood Brothers.

In year 10, students will begin the AQA English Language and English Literature qualification.  This is a two year, exam only course and students will sit all exams at the end of year 11.



Long Term Plan

Useful links to support progress in English:

BBC Bitesize KS3 English/English Literature GCSE English Language/English Literature www.bbc.co.uk/education 

SAM Learning

CGP Books English Grades 1-9 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar workbooks

AR Book Finder www.arbookfind.co.uk
This website shows the reading ages of the texts, so parents can choose a slightly higher reading age than their child is currently at in order to improve their literacy skills.

We also study a GCSE novel and play in each year, in order to stretch our students. Online resources and study guides are widely available for each:

Year 7 - Animal Farm and Twelfth Night
Year 8 - Anita & Me and Macbeth
Year 9 - Blood Brothers
KS4 - Much Ado About Nothing, An Inspector Calls, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

English Language - GCSE
English Literature - GCSE