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English at KS3

At Babington we have developed a KS3 curriculum in English that we feel prepares our students very well for the examinations they will face at the end of year 11, but which also means students will get to read plenty of literature.

The curriculum we have developed includes opportunities for students to read a range of modern and classic fiction, two sets of themed poetry and several plays. In addition, we have identified several half terms where students concentrate on reading non-fiction texts critically.

We have mapped out the curriculum so that students cover all of the essential skills they need in order to succeed at GCSE.

Students will be formally assessed in English each half terms, they will carry out tasks that have been developed using the same wording or format as the tasks used at GCSE. In addition, students will be regularly given feedback on their written accuracy, to ensure that their spelling, punctuation and grammar improves.

Students will be set regular homework in English. This includes a fortnightly spelling test as well as tasks relating to the topic they are studying at the time.

For an overview of the topics studied and assessment tasks set in KS3 English at Babington, please click here.

 

English at KS4

GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
At Babington, we aim for all students to study English Language and English Literature at GCSE.

We offer the AQA syllabuses for both English Language and English Literature.

For an overview of AQA’s English Language qualification, please click here.

For an overview of AQA’s English Literature qualification, please click here.

In summary, in English Language, students will develop an ability to read critically and to respond to unseen literary extracts and non-fiction texts. They will learn to write for an audience and purpose and will develop their creative writing skills, too. In Literature, students will study one pre-twentieth century text, one modern text, a whole Shakespeare play, a collection of themed poetry. Students will also develop the ability to respond to poems that they have never seen before.

Typically the texts studied at Babington are:

An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens or Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Romeo and Juliet or Macbeth by William Shakespeare

A collection of poetry from the AQA poetry anthology

For an overview of the topics studied and assessment tasks set in KS4 English at Babington, please click here.

 

Step Up to English

If we feel that a student is ill-suited to studying English at GCSE level, we will offer them the chance to take an alternative qualification. Step Up to English is a course designed by AQA and offers an Entry Level qualification and helps students to develop basic literacy skills and to improve their confidence using the English language.

To view the specification for Step Up to English, please click here.

 

 

Film and Media Studies

At Babington, Film and Media Studies are offered as options to study at GCSE.

We offer the WJEC syllabus for Film Studies and the AQA syllabus for Media Studies.

For an overview of WJEC’s Film Studies qualification, please click here.

For an overview of AQA’s Media Studies qualification, please click here.

In Film Studies, students are given opportunities to engage with films from varying genres and cultures. They learn language to enable them to analyse and look at film in an entirely new way, as well as considering effects on audience. They are then able to put their newfound knowledge into practise by fulfilling creative tasks that can range from script writing and artwork to filmmaking.

Media Studies offers students the chance to work with a wide range of texts from the world of music, videogames, newspapers and magazines, television and advertising. They learn key terminology which allows them to examine texts in a way they may not have approached them before. Students find the course engaging as it deals with material that they are often already familiar with whilst opening them up to new skills and possibilities through creative work.

Students should expect to study the following in detail:

The Superhero film genre

Tsotsi, directed by Gavin Hood

Various forms of media including websites, music videos and advertising

 

Modern Foreign Languages

French at KS3

At Babington we have developed a KS3 curriculum in French to reflect the structure of the new GCSE.

The curriculum we have developed includes opportunities for students to read a range of authentic literary texts. Students will be encouraged to express their ideas and thoughts in French and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It will also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes and learn new ways of thinking.

We believe our KS3 curriculum will provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping students to study and work in other countries.

We have mapped out the curriculum so that students cover all of the essential skills they need in order to succeed at GCSE.

Students will be formally assessed in French each term, they will carry out tasks that have been developed using a similar format to the tasks used at GCSE. In addition, students will be regularly given feedback on their written accuracy, to ensure that their spelling, punctuation and grammar improves.

Students are set fortnightly homework in French. This is usually a spelling test which allows students to familiarise themselves with vocabulary relating to the topic they are studying at the time.

 
GCSE French

At Babington, we believe that studying languages is an important part of your child’s education.

We offer the AQA specification for GCSE French.

Through studying a GCSE in a modern foreign language, students should develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in speech and writing. The study of a modern foreign language at GCSE should also broaden students’ horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world.

Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based:

Identity and culture

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Current and future study and employment

 

For an overview of AQA’s French qualification, including details of how the course is assessed please click here.

 

GCSE Spanish

We currently deliver the Edexcel specification for GCSE Spanish.

The course aims to enable students to develop an understanding of Spanish in a variety of contexts. Through studying a modern foreign language students will learn a number of transferable language learning skills and the ability to communicate effectively in Spanish They will also have an increased awareness and understanding of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken.

For an overview of Edexcel’s Spanish qualification, including details of how the course is assessed please click here.

 

Trips, visits and residential and opportunities

The English, Media and Communications faculty has offered many opportunities to students to take part in curriculum related visits.

In recent academic years we have offered the following visit opportunities:

Whole year group trips to the theatre for years 10 and 11 to watch An Inspector Calls

Theatre visits to Curve theatre to watch Shakespeare performances

Theatre visits for year 9 students to view performances related to the texts they are studying

Trips to LCFC for week long intervention programmes

Residential trips to France for GCSE French students

 

Extra-curricular opportunities

We currently run a successful writing group for interested students in conjunction with First Story. The group works with a professional poet to develop their writing and eventually produce a published poetry anthology.

This year, as part of our First Story project, we are starting an exciting collaboration with The Lancaster Academy and Curve theatre.