English & Communication

English at Campion is intended to engage, excite and challenge students. The curriculum offers opportunities to explore and create a range of text types each year, encouraging students to become increasingly independent as they progress. We aim to help all students to communicate effectively, accurately and appropriately in speech and writing. We encourage them to understand and respond imaginatively to what they hear, read and experience in a variety of media. All students will enjoy and appreciate the reading of literature and develop analytical, empathetic and creative skills.

Extra-Curricular Clubs and Activities

The English Faculty offers a variety of extra-curricular activities and support sessions and there are regular theatre trips, usually linked to set texts.

KS3 – What will students learn?

The English Faculty at Campion offer English Language and English Literature to our KS3 students. We aim to make all learning an enjoyable experience with develops students to be fully rounded individuals, enabling them to develop their skills in communication, reading and writing. We aim to challenge and stretch our younger students to promote high standards, so that students can achieve their full potential.

At Key Stage 3, Year 7 is initially taught in more mixed ability sets with some students placed in smaller groups so that their needs can be targeted. All Year 7 students take a variety of tests during the first half term and the results are used to determine the best learning environment for each student. A similar arrangement applies to Year 8 and 9 students so that students that need intervention or additional support are identified early in each year.

At KS3 we follow a scheme of work that links to the skills students will have to master for their GCSEs. Schemes of learning are written collaboratively and are regularly reviewed and updated. The long term plan for each year group can be found in the menu bar on the left hand side of this page.

KS4 – What will students learn?

At KS4, students at Campion follow both the AQA English Language and AQA English Literature courses.  All assessments are taken at the end of Year 11. 

In English Language, students will sit two papers: Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing and Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives.  Both exams are 1hr 45 minutes’ duration and are equally weighted.

Students will be taught to read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism; read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts; summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts; use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing; write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately; use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately; acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language; listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.

In English Literature, students will also sit two papers: Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel and Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry.  Paper 1 is 40% of the total GCSE with the remaining 60% for Paper 2.

Students will be taught to read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, and make connections across their reading, read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas, develop the habit of reading widely and often, appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage, write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English, acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including the grammatical terminology and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.

AQA website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english

KS5 – What will students learn?

At Campion we offer three different English Courses. English Literature, English Language and English Lang/Lit. Prospective students must have studied English Literature and Language at GCSE and have a good pass in this (C and above). You will enjoy these courses if you enjoy reading and analysing texts, and if you like a more alternative and creative approach to the study of literature. It is imperative that you enjoy reading and engaging with fiction and non-fiction texts, as all the courses will involve class discussions and debates.

English Language and Literature is a course that builds on analytical skills, writing and communication as well as the ability to debate ideas, and is therefore an excellent addition to any combination of subjects. English Language and Literature focuses on analysing non-fiction texts and ‘real-life’ speech, as well as prose, poetry and drama literary texts. The course offers students the opportunity to work with poetry, an anthology and a number of different literature texts.

English literature involves the study of a wide range of texts. The first part of the course focusses on ‘Crime’ and then moves to ‘Aspects of Comedy’. Students will get the opportunity to study a play as well as focussing on unseen extracts.

English Language is a course which focusses on how and why we acquire language. Students will study Child Language Development, Language and occupation as well as Socio Linguistics. The course will allow students the opportunity to engage in the language around them in a way they never have before.

GCSE Media Studies

We currently offer AQA Media Studies as an option to our current Year 11 students.  Lessons incorporate meaningful coverage of media theory, practical work and a choice of assignments for production and pre-production.  Work is assessed through a mixture of controlled assessment throughout the course and a final exam at the end of Year 11.  Unit 1 is externally assessed and requires students to investigate a pre-released media topic and to undertake research and planning in order to respond to four tasks. Unit 2 comprises three controlled assessments which require students to build on their understanding of the media key concepts for their own pre-production planning, leading to a realised production for Assignment 3.

GCSE Media Studies uses four major concepts which form the basis of the subject content: Media Language: forms and conventions, institutions, audience and representation.

Lessons are taught in small mixed ability classes in classrooms and in our own Mac suite.

GCSE Film Studies

Year 10 students are offered WJEC GCSE Film Studies as an option.  Students study the Superhero genre and explore Film outside Hollywood for examination.  They have the opportunity to explore a film of their own choice with a focus on industry research and a micro analysis of an extract for controlled assessment.

Film is widely acknowledged as the major art form of the 20th century and today film continues to be an important part of most people’s cultural experience. This course is designed to build upon students’ own experience of film – as consumers and creators – and to encourage a recognition of the complexity of this experience within an increasingly globalised, interconnected environment.

The course follows three inter-related study areas, which act as a framework for studying and creating film: the ‘language’ of film, the organisations which produce, distribute and exhibit films and the audiences for film.

Lessons are taught in small classes in classrooms or in our dedicated Mac suite.

A Level Media Studies

Current Year 13 students are following the AQA Media Studies A Level course.

Unit 1 and Unit 2 provide an integrated and complementary introduction to the study of the media and the contemporary media landscape. The content of both units is underpinned by a set of key media concepts and media platforms. At A2 candidates will build on their AS work to look more fully at the contexts of media production and consumption – why as well as how texts are created as they are. As well as building on the concepts studied at AS, candidates will look at current debates and theories.

Further information:

Head of English Faculty – Rea Gipki  r.gipki@campion.northants.sch.uk

KS3 Co-ordinator – Emma Ironmonger  e.ironmonger@campion.northants.sch.uk

KS4 Co-ordinator – Jessica Gough  j.gough@campion.northants.sch.uk

KS5 Co-ordinator and Second in Faculty – Harriet Gibson  h.gibson@campion.northants.sch.uk

Film and Media Studies Co-ordinator – Louise Edwards l.edwards@campion.northants.sch.uk