Accrington Academy’s English Department is fully committed in creating successful, enthusiastic, literate students who are articulate communicators, attentive listeners and avid learners. We study a broad range of texts that prepare our students for all the challenges the world presents. We recognise the individuality of each and every student and as such use literature as a vehicle to develop not only their literacy skills, but also spiritually and emotionally respecting the range of historical, social and cultural contexts that underpin who our students are.
The English Department offer a range of complementary schemes of learning that build across the year groups. At Accrington Academy we follow the United Learning KS3 Curriculum which prepares our students for the challenges of GCSE and then in many cases A Level. The curriculum has been designed to be thought provoking, culturally diverse yet drawing on the classics. It includes opportunities for students to read a range of modern and classic fiction, anthologies of themed poetry and several plays. In addition, the students are provided with many opportunities to study non-fiction from autobiographies to articles on a range of topics.
The curriculum is mapped out so that students cover all the essential skills they need in order to succeed in their examinations. Students will be assessed in English formatively over each half term undertaking assessments that have been developed to compliment the demands of they will face at GCSE and A Level. Students are regularly given feedback on their written accuracy, to ensure that their spelling, punctuation and grammar improves. Students are set regular homework in English including a fortnightly spelling tests at Key Stage 3 as well as tasks relating to the topic they are studying at the time.
The English Department we undertake bespoke summative assessments shared by all United Learning school at Key Stage 3, follow the Edexcel Language and Literature specification at GCSE and AQA at A Level. Summative assessments are undertaken twice a year in order to monitor rigorously the progress students are making. To support the students, the department provides are range of revision resources including its own website providing support from literacy skills to bespoke literature revision resources.
The English Department aims to leave an impact that are confident students that have mastered their literacy, embrace reading and communicate eloquently.
This is the one stop place for all your revision materials!
Visit the English Departments online resource page for supplementary video learning resources.
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Mr L. Croniken
As the Subject Leader for English, you would hope I have a love of words and I do! I am an avid ‘Scrabble’ and ‘Countdown’ fan! My favourite text to teach is ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ as the themes of the text really provoke classroom discussion and it remains relevant to this day. I strive to make use of multi-media in my lessons through IWB and iPad use. My choice of thematic music have sparked many a comment at the start of a new topic!
Mrs A. McDonald
I love to read! Whether it’s Victorian Literature or an article online. I think the English Language is fascinating and I always wanted to find out more about it. My favourite topic to teach is poetry, as I like to show that poetry is not so difficult to understand and is full of information to analyse. I like my lessons to be full of discussion and creativity.
Mrs S. Mahmood
My love of English is always being reinforced through language analysis. Whilst I could happily analyse any piece of text, there is a special place in my heart for poetry. I think of poems as multi-layered riddles that need de-coding; each piece of the puzzle unlocks another yet another possibility. Poems are simply ‘the gift that keeps giving’ for students of all abilities. The new GCSE specifications value contextual knowledge, which is a superb gift for someone who initially couldn’t pick between history and English; I now have the best of both worlds!
Mrs V. Lane
I have had a passion for English for as long as I can remember! It is the subject that always came naturally to me and teaching others felt like the perfect way to pass on my knowledge and enthusiasm. I am definitely a logophile (a person who loves words) and therefore enjoy reading texts and analysing their purpose, as well as the effect they have on readers. My students joke that I could analyse anything… and I often do. I struggle to choose a favourite book, however I love teaching texts that grip my students. For example, “Blood Brothers” (which never fails to entertain), “The Lovely Bones” (that shocks you in the opening pages) or “Touching the Void” (that leaves you gripping your chair in suspense). I feel it’s important to suit the needs of my students and therefore strive to make my lessons engaging and varied- One day you could be literally building paragraphs (I’m a fan of Duplo), another quizzing each other on what you’ve learned and the next you could be enacting a play or novel… The options are endless.
Miss Z. Disley
Miss Z. Griffiths
Miss T. Gunston
Ms A. Farrar
Miss S. Willis-Hicks
Miss E. Samworth