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English & Media Studies

At The Martin High School KS3 pupils have 4 lessons of English a week. This gives us the opportunity to explore a massive scope of texts, skills and possible approaches. We as a department are passionate about teaching our pupils to read and write to a high standard, to communicate successfully, and to appreciate and enjoy the richness, diversity and beauty of the English language. Our aim is, where possible, to cater for the needs of the individual student. We make our lessons accessible to all and as enjoyable and up-to-date as possible using entertaining resources.

We seek to give each pupil the necessary skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening which will equip them for a society that places enormous literacy demands upon us all. Each year pupils study a full-length novel, a selection of poetry, a play script and a selection of shorter texts including non-fiction.

The school library works closely with the English Department. It is well stocked, well used and supervised by staff who have a good working knowledge of recent fiction. Independent reading is always encouraged. In KS3 students have one library lesson a fortnight to make the most of this excellent facility. Pupils are encouraged to push their reading limits and discover new writing with reading lists available for every age and ability.

We also offer a range of extra-curricular activities to bring texts to life and challenge our pupils. This includes trips to places such as Stratford-Upon-Avon, theatre trips and author visits, as well as working with other departments in the faculty in arranging a Christmas production and the Summer Concert.

Click here to view the Year 7 and 8 Reading Lists
Click here to view the Year 9 Reading List

 

GCSE English Language and Literature

 

What qualification will I get and how will I use it?

You’ll be building on all of the key skills that you’ve worked so hard on over KS3: studying prose, poetry, plays and non-fiction texts; showcasing both your imagination and technical skills through a range of written tasks; performing and developing your speaking and listening skills and confidence.

You will study both English Language and English Literature, which means that you’ll receive two GCSEs at the end of the two years. You’ll also receive a ‘Speaking and Listening’ level, which will be reported separately. You’ll undertake all of your exams at the end of the two years, usually between May and June.

We can’t understate how important developing your English really is; a 9-5 in English shows that you are a hard-working, confident and creative person who has a wealth of transferable skills to offer. Obtaining that vital 5 or above is the key to unlocking huge opportunities for you in the future – from getting on your dream college or university course to securing your very first job; English can and will do these things and so much more.

GCSE English Language:

  • Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%)
  • Paper 2: Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%)
  • Non-exam Assessment: Spoken Language (no weighting)

GCSE English Literature:

  • Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel (40%)
  • Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry (60%)

English – Poetry Anthology Revision

Click here to view the Poetry Anthology Revision and Exam Preparation Document

 

Media Studies

 

Why choose Media Studies?

Aside from learning how to operate new technologies like video cameras, editing software and photographic equipment you will also:

Develop your critical thinking and decision making skills;
Begin to analyse key media texts;
Use your knowledge to create new and exciting types of media.
By the end of the course you will be confident and skilled in a variety of media types; you will have developed your team working and creative skills and created a portfolio of your best work for further study.

What qualification will I gain, and how will I use it?

You’ll earn a single-award GCSE in Media Studies, with the examination board AQA. Our hope is that you will study Media for five hours across two weeks. If you have future ambitions of gaining a career in film-making, magazines, photography or advertising, then studying Media Studies at GCSE will ensure that you have the key skills to pursue your goals.

However, Media will not only equip you for further vocational courses – aspects of Sociology, Politics, Business and History run throughout the course, meaning that a GCSE in Media will offer you a wider set of options if you decide to continue your studies at KS5.

What do we study on the course?

Unit 1: Analysing the opening of a video game; presenting your ideas for the opening of a new computer game (20% of your mark)

Unit 2: Analysing the promotion of music – how a band or artist is represented and promoted; presenting your own ideas for how best to promote and represent an artist of your choice (20% of your mark)

Unit 3: Analysing the opening of a film or television programme; producing your own opening of a film or television programme in groups (20% of your mark).

Final exam assessment: A written response on a given topic (40% of your mark).