Welcome to the English Department!

Welcome to the NUSA English and Media Studies webpage!

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We are a team of dedicated teachers who teach across Key Stages 3 and 4.

As a department, we are committed to helping all students make maximum progress through creative approaches to teaching and learning. We aim to engage students in a wide range of texts and give all students the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom.

Our promise is that all students will leave us with the essential written and oral literacy skills required to thrive outside of the school environment.

The English curriculum at NUSA comprises of three main areas of study: English Language, English Literature and Media Studies.

Please scroll down to take a look at our curriculum!

The Curriculum

Most students are assigned two of our enthusiastic members of staff. In Key Stage 3, one of these teachers focuses on the students' reading and analysis skills whilst the other takes the lead on their creative writing. At Key Stage 4, one teacher is responsible for delivering the English Language papers whilst the other is focused on delivering the English Literature curriculum. The skills students are taught are transferable across the Literature and Language papers.

Students should expect to be assessed against the AQA assessment objectives at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 3

A reading age test is completed in Year 7 and is repeated throughout the student's school life (or until they reach a reading age of 16+).

English Speaking Board: NUSA is a centre recognised as being fit to deliver the English Speaking Board qualification. Our year 8’s will be preparing to take their ESB spoken language assessment after Christmas and, if successful, will come away with a qualification that recognises their outstanding oracy skills.

All Year 8 classes have one communications lesson a week that promotes the development of their oral skills.

Literacy: All Key Stage 3 classes have one reading lesson a week in one of our dedicated reading hubs and students are able to borrow books from our library. Those students who require more targeted reading intervention are placed on the Accelerated Reading programme whilst we also use Lexia, Dancing Bears and Freshstart for those students who we believe need additional help. It is also departmental policy to set all Key Stage 3 classes on-going reading homework.

Curriculum PLAN

For our English curriculum plan, please see the related documents (on the right hand side), Curriculum Plan (PDF)

Key Stage 4

We follow the AQA exam board for both English Literature and English Language.

English Literature

This qualification consists of two written exams. The first paper focuses on a Shakespeare text and a nineteenth century novel. Our current Year 11s are studying 'Macbeth' and 'A Christmas Carol'.

Paper two focuses on modern drama and poetry. Alongside the GCSE AQA 'Power and Conflict' anthology, our current Year 11s are studying 'An Inspector Calls'.

English Language

This qualification consists of two written exams. The first paper focuses on unseen fiction texts and creative writing (fiction). Paper two focuses on unseen non-fiction extracts and informative and persuasive writing.

Curriculum PLAN

For our English curriculum plan, please see the related documents (on the right hand side), document entitled English Curriculum Plan (PDF)

Extra-curricular Activities

We will once again be offering our pupils a number of trips to see theatrical productions in 2019-2020 including An Inspector Calls, Macbeth and Frankenstein.

The Media Studies department has strong links with their counterparts at the University of Nottingham and we work together to provide specialised training in practical production skills at school and at the university campus studios.

Media Studies

The NUSA English department currently offers Media Studies as an options subject. We currently follow the Eduqas exam board.

This qualification is made up of two written exams and a non-exam assessment. The first written exam: 'Exploring the Media' is worth 40% of the overall GCSE. The second written exam: 'Understanding Media Forms and Products' is worth 30%. The non-exam assessment is also worth 30%.

Students will begin the GCSE in Year 9 and complete their written examinations in Year 11.

Why study Media Studies?

Media Studies is a vibrant and rigorous GCSE course in which students analyse the representation of people and things in the print media (newspapers and magazines), the broadcast media (television and radio), film, video games and social media.

As well as analysing these media forms, we also study their history and the institutions that produce them.

Our Media Studies curriculum will allow students to improve their knowledge of the media and respond critically to media texts. Students will also get the opportunity to produce their own media products using the knowledge of production processes that they acquire in their theory lessons. Finally, students will expand their knowledge of media texts and be shown products that challenge their own ideas and values.

The Curriculum

For our Media curriculum plan, please see the related documents (on the right hand side), document entitled Media Curriculum Plan (PDF)

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